About Mrs. Ouellette
My name is Emily Ouellette, and I am beginning my third year as the music teacher at Pleasant Ridge. I was born and raised in Saline, MI, and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching in the district I grew up in. For as long as I remember I have wanted to educate. I firmly believe in the importance of education and the value it has in society. In my classroom, it is my objective that students learn to become life-long learners and to function in society as cooperating, involved, and creative individuals.
During the completion of my undergraduate degree in Music Education my primary instrument of study was bassoon, but I also have taken courses on the most commonly found band and orchestral instruments. Prior to my college education I took private piano lessons, and continued to study piano through college. I also have taken voice lessons to understand and master the most valuable concept taught in an elementary classroom. Through teaching private piano and bassoon lessons I have worked with students at the individual level and have learned the importance of addressing the needs of individual students in the classroom.
Part of addressing the needs of individual students is finding a language in which everyone can understand. In 2012 ago I traveled to China for a music cultural exchange program in partnership with the University of Michigan and the Hanban Confucius Institute. Through this program I played side-by-side with collegiate Chinese students under the direction of a Chinese conductor. With little knowledge of the Mandarin language I was in a situation where the primary language of the classroom was not my own primary language. I also had to lead sectionals, and it was through this experience that I learned that there are more meaningful ways to communicate. I modeled more, sang, and played my instrument to demonstrate my thoughts, and although I hardly spoke, I was able to communicate effectively. The humbling experiences of this trip taught me the importance of knowing your students’ individual needs and finding a universal language to communicate, even if that language is not verbal.
As we journey through this year I look forward to being a part of the Pleasant Ridge community. My students’ safety and growth will always be my highest priority, and I will be there for them as much as I can. Through my experience I have found that teaching is a two-way street; you can learn from your students just as much as they learn from you. I am eager to both teach and learn in this enriching field of work.
(734)-429-8000 ext. 4838
(734)-429-8000 ext. 4838