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100% of 2014 music education grads land jobs in teaching positions

Loyola press release - August 27, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans’ latest class of music educators is well on the way to meaningful careers inspiring others through music. One-hundred percent of 2014 graduates of the Music Education Program at Loyola have secured music teaching positions across Louisiana. Graduates accepted positions as music teachers in public, private and parochial schools.

The Loyola Music Education Program educates and trains music teachers for certification in Louisiana. The teaching license is also reciprocal with other states, making Loyola graduates eligible for a variety of positions as band directors, chorus directors, orchestra directors and general music teachers across the country.

The Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education have accredited Loyola’s Music Education degree programs. Principles of music teacher education in the university’s Music Education Programs are based on the standards set by Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium and the two accrediting organizations.

All graduates from the class of 2014 are entering the music education profession and contributing as professional music educators across the state. They include:

  • Susan Beresko is a string teacher at Bonne Ecole Elementary School in Slidell, La., in the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools.
  • Megan Dwyer is a band teacher at the Holy Cross School in New Orleans.
  • Emily MacNamara is a music and chorus teacher at Lockport Middle School in Lockport, La., in the Lafourche Parish Public Schools.
  • Alton Savage is a high school music teacher and choral director at the Academy of Sacred Heart in New Orleans.
  • Daniel Sampson is a middle school music teacher and choir director at the Academy of Sacred Heart in New Orleans.

Other graduates from past years are also continuing to secure jobs. They include:

  • Chris Bergeron is a band teacher at Abney Elementary School in Slidell, La., in the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools.
  • Fritzgerald Barrau is an elementary music and chorus teacher at 6th Ward Elementary and Gramercy Elementary in Gramercy, La., in the St. James Parish Public Schools.
  • Megan Bordelon is an elementary music teacher at 5th Ward Elementary and Lutcher Elementary in Lutcher, La., in the St. James Parish Public Schools.
  • Katie Codina is a band teacher at Central Middle School in Gonzales, La., in the Ascension Parish Public Schools.
  • Adam Colbenson is assistant band director at Northshore High School in Slidell, La., in the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools.
  • Brooke Hagler is a music teacher at Salmen High School in Slidell, La., in the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools.
  • Monica Mayeaux is an instrumental music teacher at Houma Home School in Houma, La.
  • Ronald Nolting is an instrumental music teacher at Bellarmine Preparatory High School in Tacoma, Wash.
  • Patricia Pepper is a music teacher at Cabrini High School in New Orleans.