Angela Schendel Keedy serves as the NAfME Professional Development Specialist, working on the Connected Arts Networks grant project. Originally from Montana, she has extensive experience working within K-12 education and in the arts. As a master teacher she has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Keedy has taught within private, traditional public, and charter schools in rural, suburban, and urban environments. Her students have been featured on NBC Nightly News, been invited to perform at the Olympics, and have performed with the Wally Cardona Dance Quartet in New York as part of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She currently teaches 7-12 band.
Keedy is also a former principal and school founder pioneering new educational opportunities for k-12 students that include an emphasis in arts integration. Under her leadership, her school implemented a building-wide multi year social emotional learning program that greatly improved school culture and connection to community. She now acts as a consultant and trainer to schools and districts that are implementing SEL in their arts programs. She serves on the National Practices Board for The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning (www.artedsel.org) where she co-authored an article on empowering arts staff during times of trauma. She is a recent featured presenter for the Save the Music foundation as well as the Colorado Music Educators Association conference.
Ms. Keedy is a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches undergraduate music education courses, supervises student teachers, and provides annual festival support for the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. Her passion is training and supporting new teachers to be successful in dynamic educational environments. She lives with her husband Paul and cat Norman in Broomfield, Colorado.