The Board

President: 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.

Past 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: TBD

More information coming soon!

Secretary: Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson is a K-6 music educator who lives and teaches north of Seattle. She received a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Washington and her Master in Education from Seattle Pacific University and has completed her Kodály Certification from the Seattle Kodály Levels Program. She is also an active performer with the Seattle Wind Symphony, where she plays the French horn.

Treasurer: TBD

More information coming soon!

Member-At-Large: Shelby Leyland

Shelby Leyland originally hails from Nebraska and studied Music Education at Hastings College. After living in Japan for nearly two years, Shelby has settled in Seattle and has been part of several singing groups, including Musica Sacra, Seattle Symphony Chorale, Seattle Choral Company, and Magi Ensemble. She is a music teacher at Lowell Elementary School where she feels truly at home sharing the joys of music with the musicians of our future. She serves on multiple committees at her school including Racial Equity, Arts, and Building Leadership. She serves on Seattle Public Schools’ progress report/curriculum map revision team, and is an active member of her Elementary Music cohort. Shelby served on the NWKE board as Membership chair 2018-19 and is now a Member-At-Large. She is so glad to be part of NWKE’s continued growth and renewal, and looks forward to a fantastic year learning with other Kodaly members. 

Member-At-Large: Bryan Van Pelt

Bryan Van Pelt was introduced to the Kodály method while attending the University of Washington in 2015.  Upon completion of the Music Education and Jazz Studies programs, Bryan completed his Kodály levels at Seattle Pacific University in 2018.  Since then, Bryan completed a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership, also at Seattle Pacific University.  Currently Bryan teaches K-8th at Assumption St. Bridget School in Northeast Seattle.

Committee Person – Membership/New Teachers: Margaret Brinkerhoff

More information about Margaret coming soon!

Committee Person – Website/Social-Media: Kayla Johnson

Kayla Johnson graduated Washington State University in 2013 with a BS in Mathematics, BM in Choral Music Education, and MA in Music Education. Kayla then taught middle school math for nearly four years before realizing that she needed to pivot so she could follow her passion of teaching choral music. She then worked at Bellevue Youth Choirs for three years teaching students in grades 1-9 and completed level one of Kodály levels at Seattle Pacific University in 2017. Kayla currently is mostly a stay at home mom but does teach private lessons and still actively performs with The Esoterics and attends local workshops whenever she can.