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.

Secretary: Ursula Slover

Ursula is an elementary general music teacher in her 6th year at Campbell Hill Elementary School in the Renton School District, where she also serves as the Elementary Music Learning Specialist. She has presented sessions at national, regional, and local workshops and conferences, including the OAKE Western Division Mini-Conference in November 2017 and the New Music Gathering in May 2018, and is looking forward to presenting at the national OAKE conference in March, 2019. A graduate of Peabody Conservatory, Ursula completed her Level III Kodály training in 2017 at Seattle Pacific University, and is also a certified Positive Discipline educator. She looks forward to continuing to serve NWKE as secretary with a focus on equity, access, and justice.

Treasurer: Kevin Proudfoot

More information about Kevin coming soon!

Member-At-Large: Kassey Castro

Kassey Castro is excited to be serving as one of the Members-At-Large for Northwest Kodály Educators. After being in public education for the past two years, he believes everyone deserves quality music, particularly under-represented populations. He started his teaching career as an elementary music specialist in the Highline School District. This year, he will be the choir director at Foster High School and Showalter Middle School in the Tukwila School District. He also serves as the conductor for the vocal ensemble of the Seattle Video Game Orchestra and Choir. Kassey has completed Level I of Kodály Certification, participated in a World Music Pedagogy course through the University of Washington, and is continually seeking professional development around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. Kassey holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Washington.

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.