MEANYC Executive Board 2018-19
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.
Gina has spent the last 13 years teaching general music and chorus to students in grades K-12 in public, private, and charter schools. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, a Master’s in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is Orff Level 1 Certified. This spring she will be graduating with a Master’s in School Building Leadership from City College of New York. She has presented workshops at the NYSSMA Winter Conference and at the 2015 NAfME Regional Conference. In 2015, she co-founded the Music Educators Collective and the City Music Educators Festival.
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.
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!
District 75 Representative
MEANYC Workshop/Professional Development Co Chair
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 is the director of music at Divine Mercy Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he directs two choirs and an annual concert series.