Location: Arcata, Calif.
Occupation: I am a public school music teacher. I teach preschool through 8th grade general music, choir, band, strings and other music electives.
Connection to Balkan music/dance: I play in the international folk band Chubritza. We perform regularly at our local monthly folk dance parties as well as throughout the West Coast at various folk dance and music festivals.
Number of times at Balkan camp: I have been coming for seven consecutive years.
Studied at camp: I tend to take more singing classes than anything else.
Memorable moment at camp: This summer, my husband and one-year-old son were able to come with me to camp. I was touched and inspired that many of the teachers welcomed my young, boisterous, noisy child and encouraged his obsession with music and instruments. In particular, there was a moment when Raif [Hyseni] saw my son staring at his accordion in awe and invited him to touch it and play some notes on the keyboard. It was a very magical and touching experience to have this incredible, world-class musician sharing his accordion with a one-year-old.