The Board

President: Melissa Headrick

Melissa Headrick is an active general and choral music educator. She is currently serving as the Interim Artistic Director and Girl Training Choir Director for Bellevue Youth Choirs, Choir Director at Redmond Middle School and elementary itinerant in the Lake Washington School District, and Pro Deo Choir Director at Holy Family Catholic Church in Kirkland. She is also a budding clinician presenting last season for the Kodály Association of Southern California and at the OAKE Western Division Conference. She is in her 3rd and final year as NWKE President and is passionate about and excited to spread the important work of Kodály-inspired music education.

President-Elect: Heidi McIlroy

Heidi McIlroy started her Kodály levels at Seattle Pacific University in 2006 and finished with a Masters of Arts in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in 2013. She served as NKE secretary from 2012-2015. Heidi also served as Western Division Representative on the National OAKE board from 2015-2018. She is pleased to be back on the NWKE board and is excited for our future endeavors! Heidi has taught K-6th at Millennium Elementary in Kent, WA since 2006 and PreK-2nd with the Bellevue Youth Choirs since 2013.


Treasurer: Kevin Proudfoot

More information about Kevin coming soon!

Member-At-Large: Shelby Leyland

Shelby Leyland teaches elementary general music at Lowell Elementary School and hopes to teach there for many years to come! She has her Level II Kodály certification and is looking forward to completing her training soon. In addition to teaching, Shelby facilitates Lowell’s arts residencies and field trips, and is an active member of Lowell’s Building Leadership Team and Racial Equity Team. Outside of school, Shelby performs with the Mägi Ensemble, a chamber choir performing music of Baltic composers and Baltic folk music. She’s also an avid cat aficionado, accordion student, and is excited to contribute to her local Kodály chapter in this new role.

Hospitality Chair: Robyn Clapper

Robyn Clapper is a K-6 elementary music teacher at Syre Elementary in the Shoreline School District. She has also taught general music in Seattle and Northshore. Robyn received her BA in Music Education at Seattle Pacific University and has continued her education there by taking the Kodály Levels.  She just finished level II this past summer. When not teaching music, Robyn enjoys reading, being outside and spending time with friends and family, including her husband, three kids, and a dog.