MEANYC Executive Board 2017-18
Patricia Peltz is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher for Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood. She earned her Master in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Florida. Patricia is currently teaching at Marine Park Jr. High-IS278 in Brooklyn. She has served on the Curriculum Writing Team for NYC, the Brooklyn Arts Festival committee, and has her students participate in NYSSMA and All City Festivals.
Patricia taught a number of years in Florida before moving to NY and was selected as Teacher of the Year for Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. She was instrumental in creating strong music programs at every level for her district. She served on the board of the Florida MEA and is thrilled to be a part of this amazing team.
Quinn McClure is the choral director at Civic Leadership Academy, a high school in Elmhurst, Queens. Quinn is also assistant director of The Astoria Choir, a private voice and piano teacher, NYSSMA adjudicator, Carnegie Music Educator, and provides professional development to fellow NYC teachers with the Office of Arts and Special Projects. She received her B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University and her M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Candis Pohl is a product of the New York City Public School system and was inspired by her school teachers to become a Music Educator. In 2005 she graduated from Wagner College in Staten Island with her Bachelors Degree in Music Education and in 2008 with her Masters Degree from Brooklyn College.
She is an accomplished Band Director at Marine Park Intermediate School 278 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and has taught there for over twelve years. Her students have performed at the Music in the Parks Festival in Pennsylvania, Festival Disney in Florida, and on the iconic stage of Carnegie Hall. Candis hosts the Spring NYSSMA Music Festival at her school each May and participates in the Facilitators Team of educators who lead Citywide Professional Development Workshops with the Director of Music in NYC. She is involved in District 22 activities as host of the District 22 Music Professional Learning Group and has served as an Arts Monday Facilitator for two years.
Most recently, Candis was selected to help students prepare for their high school audition process as the Woodwind Coach of the Middle School Arts Boot Camp in collaboration with the Lincoln Center Education Department. Candis has been Conductor in the Salute to Music Program for eight years and has held the title of Center Director of Brooklyn for the latter five years. She joined the MEANYC Executive Board in September 2017 as Secretary and looks forward to further enhancing the opportunities of Music Educators in New York City.
Maria Schwab earned her Bachelor of Music (education) degree from Ithaca College, and Master of Arts (educational theater) degree from New York University. She has taken many post-graduate courses in music education, choral music, drama and elementary education from various universities.
She currently teachers music at P.S./M.S. 84, a Pre-K - 8 school in Astoria, where she began the program 8 years ago. The program incorporates Little Kids Rock, the Weill Music Institute's Musical Explorers and LinkUp! programs, band, and Fourth Grade Chorus, which will be performing for the third straight year at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY as part of the NYSSMA "Music In Our Schools Month" activities. Prior to teaching in Astoria, Maria taught at P.S. 150 (Sunnyside) and P.S. 83 (Manhattan); she began her teaching career at the High School level.
Maria began the MEANYC Middle School All-County festival, now in its fifth year. outside of 'education life', Maria is a church organist/singer in the NYC area, and sings with the NY Choral Society. She lives in Brooklyn with her stage-hand husband, black-belt son, and dancing daughter, who all sing in harmony - Maria's favorite thing to do!
MEANYC Workshop/Professional Development Co Chair
MEANYC Social Media Chair
NYC Music Teachers Association / UFT Professional Committee Co Chair
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sharon Golub’s musical journey began at a young age. She studied piano from age 5 all the way through college, participating and excelling in many different piano competitions and activities on the local and state level. She earned her Bachelor in Arts in Music Education and Psychology at Hunter College and a Masters in Science in Instructional Technology from NYIT. She is a member of Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. Golub is employed for the last 22 years at PS 11, a Pre-K-5th grade school in the Manhattan Chelsea area. Her music program includes a Music and the Brain Keyboard Lab, an affiliation with the Riverside Symphony Music Memory program (a program designed to develop a lasting appreciation for fine music in young people), Orff xylophone and world drumming ensembles, 2nd and 3rd grade performance groups, and a 5th grade Musical Theater Group and Chorus. Ms. Golub had the privilege of bringing the Music and the Brain Program to Israel, training teachers at Achuzat Sarah, a home for children in Bnei-Brak. At PS 11, Ms. Golub is committed to making music an integral part of curriculum. She believes music stimulates the imagination and enlightens the mind. It is an integral part of the education and development of the whole person.
Previous to teaching at PS 11, Ms Golub taught piano privately. She toured extensively with many rock bands and recorded a CD with an Atlantic Records recording artist. In 2013 Ms. Golub was nominated for the first Teaching Grammy Award.
Ms. Golub has authored 2 music books called Rock Spell-A-Story (Vol. I & II). The Spell-A-Story series is a fun approach to learning notes, note values, music appreciation, and improving sight-reading skills.
District 75 Representative
Brian received his BA and MSED in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. He currently teaches at PS 370K in Brooklyn. He has worked with students on the elementary, middle school, and high school level. His teaching experience has led him to work with students who have severe special needs - in addition to students who are gifted and talented. Mr. Wagner has taught: general music, string orchestra, musical theatre, and performing arts. He is a classically trained cellist, and currently plays regularly in the NYC area.
He has presented, and co-presented workshops for: NYSSMA, NYCDOE, SCMEA, OMEA, NJMEA, CMEA, NYSCAME, NAfME National In-Service Conference, NAfME Biennial Eastern Division Conference, and an online webinar professional development for NAfME. He has also presented lectures at CUNY Brooklyn College, CUNY Queens College, and NYU. He has developed sessions focused on: adapting musical material for special learners, incorporating repertoire use to teach social/cognitive/interdisciplinary skills, and using repertoire to focus on social-emotional needs.
He has additionally had articles published in: School Music News, Tempo, Maryland Music Educator, and Bluegrass Music News, in addition to NAfME’s blog Music in a Minuet.
Mr. Wagner strongly believes in mentoring younger and new teachers, especially when working with special learners. He has opened his classroom to many pre-service, and in-service educators, as well as hosted a variety of student teachers from local colleges.
Mr. Wagner is very pleased and proud to be serving on the MEANYC Executive Board.
Justin Fields recently earned his BA in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. Currently, Justin teaches at PS 481 in the Bronx with Education Through Music. Justin is also the director of music at Divine Mercy Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.