Keith Bisaillon, '09
Majors: Music and Arts Administration
Current Position: Band director and assistant wrestling coach at Harrison High School, in Colorado Springs. He also is the fine arts department chair and plans to soon begin working on his master's degree in educational leadership and principal licensure.
Why Whitworth? "The mission of educating both mind and heart is not just talk for Whitworth, but an actual commitment from everyone who lives, learns and works within the university. Whitworth's scholarship opportunities allowed me to afford the amazing education I received there."
Whitworth Activities: Performed with six performance ensembles, worked as a resident assistant, and played various intramural sports.
Quote: "Because of Whitworth's commitment to educating the entire student, I experienced what it means to develop the whole person, and I have been able to replicate that with the students I teach. Working in a low-income school district has its challenges, but I know I have been much more successful than I would have been otherwise because of my focus on developing the whole person. The relationships I have been able to foster with my students have allowed me to develop them academically at a much faster pace than I otherwise would have been able to do."
Influential Whitworth Professors: "Professor of Music Dan Keberle is an amazing educator who helped shape me as a musician. Through his individual instruction in trumpet lessons and also through the way he leads the jazz ensemble, I learned both how to perform better and how to teach more effectively. As an educator, Professor of Education Randall Michaelis helped me to see all sides of what it means to be an effective teacher. He helped me look at everything from in-class dynamics to national issues in education."
Career Goals: "My goal is to become an assistant principal and eventually a principal. My hope is that despite budget shortfalls and changes in the field of education, I can help keep fine arts an important and integral part of K-12 education."
Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their music degrees: