Lorelei A. Zwiernikowski

Lorelei Zwiernikowski
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Lorelei A. Zwiernikowski's Biography

Type Of Business:
School district
Marketing Area:
Local
Expertise:
Education
Major Product/SVS:
Education
Favorite Business Publication:
The Orff Echo; Kodaly Envoy; Reverberations
Hobbies/Sports:
Traveling; Reading; Walking
Education Degrees:
Master's Degree in Music Education, University of Michigan
Affiliations Awards:
President, Former Secretary, Southeastern Michigan Kodaly Educators; Membership Chairwoman, Workshop Set-Up Former Chairwoman, Greater Detroit Orff Schulwerk Association
Place of Birth:
Howell
Work History:
Praise and Worship Instructor, Central Bible College, Detroit (1997); Music Director (K-12), Whitmore Lake Schools, MI (1978-1979); Organist, St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Lyon, MI; Music Instructor, Martin Luther Memorial Home, South Lyon; Computer Instructor, South Lyon Alternative Education
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlight of her career was being nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award for Oakland County.
Charity:
Stephen Minister, Sunday School Teacher, Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church; Paralyzed Veterans of America; Sponsor, Compassion International, Kenya, Africa
Number Of Years In Profession:
45
Number Of Years In Current Position:
34
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
She attributes her success to the support she receives from her community.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
She became involved in her profession because she was inspired by her piano teachers, Adeline Rakozy and Sarah Albright, junior high school band director, Thomas E. Young, and high school band director, Frank J. Kochalko.
Extended Bio Profile:
Ms. Zwiernikowski composes Arabic music for children and presents at Saturday workshops for teachers. She also worked as a private piano teacher. She was a wind instrument teacher and wind section instructor of the high school band. Ms. Zwiernikowski learned to play instruments of all kinds during her high school and college years. She was so enthralled in music that she would, teach others how to play, and caught the attention of her senior English teacher in high school who commented, ‘You know, there is more to life than music.’ Practicing, teaching and performing music was "eating" to me. I would rather play and teach music than eat food. Former students of hers always visit years later and tell her how songs they learned helped them to ace their history or geography exams, how her teaching has helped to mold them into wonderful and productive members of their community, or how they have a job in the music industry because of her instruction. A former student of hers is Nigerian, who now, after a summer regiment of daily lessons starting at 8:30 AM and ending at 10:30 PM, travels and teaches music from village to village with his guitar strung on his back, making a difference in the lives of Nigerians. Among Ms. Zwiernikowski’s favorite quotes, one would often her her exclaim ‘Inch by inch, anythings a cinch,’ ‘There is no substitute for victory,’ ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going,’ ‘and a good time was had by all,’ ‘You will not remember the silly acts done in class. Your fun and lasting memories will result from pure hard practices and your great performances alone and with others. These stories will be told over and over again,’ and ‘The public performance will show the audience how you have worked and what your habits of mind are during class.’ She would like to dedicate this recognition to her parents, Donald and Lorena Zwiernikowski, as well as her piano teachers, school band directors and all the supportive mentors she studies with throughout the years. She advises others who aspire to enter into her profession to immediately join the professional music association in one’s locality that fits one’s personal teaching style. Work with neighboring music educators. After a few years, become more involved. Make it ‘your turn’ to join the board for a couple years in some capacity in order to keep the association alive. Finally, take level classes to become an expert in the field and in one’s philosophy of music education.
Elementary musi
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Teaching music to elementary school students
Awards/Honors:
Nominee, Teacher of the Year Award, Oakland County, MI
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Ms. Zwiernikowski hopes to earn her advanced degree.
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