Margaret Jean’s current primary role as an educator is as the Program Director and Lead Instructor of the SAFE through the arts bullying prevention program. Margaret also continues to teach private lessons in flute, piano and songwriting. In addition, she coaches student interns majoring in a variety of majors including music industry, non-profit management, business administration, journalism, communication and public relations from colleges and Universities throughout the East Coast.
As an educator, Margaret has taught a total of over ten thousand children in Arizona, California’s Bay Area, Upstate New York and New York City combined. She has worked primarily as a music and PreK teacher in urban and rural schools including four years as a music teacher in one room school houses outside of Petaluma, California and over seven years in the Schenectady City School District, a large urban school district in New York’s Capital Region. As an educator and songwriter, Margaret has written two original children’s musicals, “The Little Seed” and “The Trees’ Song for Peace” as well as songs for children and school choruses, which have been performed at public, private, and charter schools on both coasts.
Margaret’s educational work also extends to the retreats she organized for youth around the country including the annual Youth Sahavas, weeklong retreat held at the Meher Center in Myrtle Beach annually. Margaret holds permanent public school teaching certifications in vocal and instrumental music (N-12) and multi-subject classroom teaching (PreK-6) from New York State. She received her educational training from Russel Sage College in Troy, New York and Dominican College in San Rafael, California and is currently a member of the New York State Teacher’s Union.