Teacher Spotlight: Kris Diamond

Each month, we will highlight and feature a teacher and/or classroom from our wonderful school, so that we can all learn more about the people who make up our school community.

This month, we start our series with Kris Diamond, our school’s music teacher. Mrs. Diamond has been at Sage Canyon Elementary since it opened its doors. This is her fifth year teaching at our school. Mrs. Diamond has been with Douglas County for seven years and has been teaching for 12 years. She’s a California native who came to Colorado for college. She studied at the University of Colorado – Boulder for her undergraduate degree, then earned a Master’s degree in music education from Boston University.

Mrs. Diamond met her husband while attending CU, and they chose to live in Castle Rock to raise their family. They have two boys, age 3 and a brand-new baby boy, born this past June.

Mrs. Diamond is passionate about music education and wants to make sure all of the students at Sage Canyon develop an appreciation for music. To this end, she is working on full certification as a Kodály music educator. The Kodály program is based on the principle that all children should learn to read music as a basic skill. Children learn through folk songs that help to teach various rhythms and other music skills. Mrs. Diamond completed her Level 1 certification last summer and plans to get her Level 2 and Level 3 certifications over the next two summers.

Mrs. Diamond’s philosophy is that all children should be given the opportunity to truly appreciate music through playing instruments, singing, listening, dancing, composing, and enjoying. She wants them to know that there are many different forms of music, and we can all appreciate and respect the tastes and cultures of other people. She applies this in the classroom through activities geared for the age of the students. First graders will work on basic two-note music reading, while sixth graders will learn the differences between minor and major scales and different rhythms. The students often do this through learning songs and having fun with music before they realize they’re learning something.

Mrs. Diamond was excited to receive a grant from our school’s PTO last year. The SCPTO grant was funded through donations from parents and businesses throughout the year. Mrs. Diamond was able to purchase a set of iPads for her classroom, a portable PA system, and lots of instruments and classroom tools to use while teaching and playing music games.

Mrs. Diamond has many wonderful moments all year-long with her students, but one of her favorite projects is when the sixth graders write and compose their own continuation songs. At the end of the year, she and the sixth-grade teachers choose songs from the submissions to perform at the sixth-grade continuation ceremony. This is a special project for the students, and for Mrs. Diamond as well.

Mrs. Diamond is looking forward to another great year at Sage Canyon. “We have a great school community, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it!”

If you’re a teacher and want to share your story in our PTO newsletter, please contact [email protected] to sign up. Thank you!