Meet our Music Teachers

By Liz Flaherty
September 30, 2023

All students at Willow Springs participate in weekly general music lessons with either Mrs. Berra or Mrs. Young. Beginning in 4th grade and continuing through 6th grade, students can choose to participate in string lessons (violin, viola, cello, bass). 5th and 6th grade students can join the band and play an instrument of their choosing. 5th and 6th graders who enjoy singing have the option of joining the chorus. We believe in the importance of arts education and are proud to offer all of our students so many opportunities to express themselves musically. 

A Message from Mrs. Young - General Music Teacher

I've been at Willow Springs for 22 years! I enjoy how well-rounded the students are in their interests, and I've made a lot of lifelong friends among the wonderful staff here. Outside of school, I enjoy watching my son play baseball and fitting my many other hobbies around his schedule - writing, barre classes, archery, reading, thrift shopping, sweet tea runs, concerts, trips to NYC, and re-watching Gilmore Girls more times than I can count. 

A Message from Ms. Venne - Strings Teacher

I have been at Willow for six years. What I love most about teaching at Willow is how kind and supportive our school is- students included! Outside of school, I LOVE to read.

A Message from Mx. Sevilla

I’ve been teaching in FCPS since 2016 and this is my first year at Willow Springs, but I was a student here from 2002-2006. I really love being able to teach in the same community in which I grew up. When I'm not working, I like to spend time with my family, read, spend time outdoors, and cook.

A Message from Mrs. Berra - General Music Teacher

This is my 7th year teaching music at Willow Springs. I love teaching music because I get to see students grow throughout their years from Kindergarten to 6th grade. I feel very lucky to be a music teacher because I have a job where I can play instruments, sing, dance, play games, and have a very joyful day. It’s the best!  When I’m not at school you can find me practicing yoga, watching football (Miami Dolphins and JMU), baking, and spending time with my husband and daughter.  

A Message from Mrs. VanHorne- Band Teacher

I have been teaching Band at Willow Springs since Spring 2000. (24 yrs) I love teaching at Willow Springs because the staff always works as a team and jumps in to help each other when needed. Also, the students are enthusiastic about Band and they come to class each week fully prepared to play music!

When I'm not at school, I enjoy reading, keeping in touch with old friends through social media, walking, and playing with my 2 cats Mack & Zena. I also enjoy traveling to WV to visit family and friends. I am a HUGE West Virginia University fan and Willow Springs fan. Go, Mountaineers! Go, Team Willow!

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