On Fridays we introduce you to one of our outstanding Osprey Faculty/Staff members. Meet Mrs. Isenhower, our Band Director!
Tell us about your family: I am married to Daryl Isenhower and I have a two year old daughter named Ruby. Daryl is a Saint Lucie County Judge and is one of the biggest supporters of the Osprey Band Program. Daryl and I have been married for 12 years and have been blessed with the funniest, smartest and cutest little girl ever. Ruby enjoys puzzles, music classes, Disney Princesses, and is taking tap and ballet. We also have an awesome cat named Lilly, she is an Egyptian Mau.
Who was your favorite teacher? It is very hard to narrow down my favorite teacher because I have had so many great ones. I’d have to say that by far Mr. Bates, my High School Band Director, is my all time favorite. If it weren’t for him I would not be where I am today. He saw potential in my musical abilities and made ways for me to be successful in it. He helped me get my first paying flute gig and also made sure that I had flute lessons, even though I could not afford it. I owe him so much.
Do you have a favorite quote? My favorite quote is “Anything is possible if you believe.” I don’t remember who said it but it has been the driving force of my teaching throughout my entire career.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? The very best place I have traveled to is Alaska. We saw moose, humpback whales, bald eagles, beavers, mountain goats, sled dogs, mountains, salmon…I drank water straight from a glacier. It was the most amazing trip I have ever taken and I hope to take Ruby there one day.
What is your proudest moment at Oak Hammock? I was nominated by my students to be one of the RBC Bank Tribute to Teachers Award Recipients. I was one of 5,700 teachers nominated nationwide and was chosen for the award.
What were you like in school? I was the quite kid that was welcoming to all and helpful to my teachers. I was big into art and music. I wasn’t afraid to try new things but was definitely the wallflower at social events. If you needed to find me I was in the band room.
What is the strangest talent you have? I can whistle through my teeth and make it look like I’m just smiling.
What is your superpower? I am EXTREMELY patient. A skill that is needed to teach middle school.
What are three words that describe you? Determined, Patient, Compassionate
Can you play any instruments? I can! I am currently the principal flutist of the Treasure Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Port Saint Lucie Community Band.