E-Portfolio/Contact Me

2018Education, Training, Certifications

Music EC-12 Texas Standard Certificate

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Associates of Arts in General Studies

Awards and Honors

2017-2018 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Education Nominee

2015 Panel Member for the Proclamation 2015 Assessment of Instructional Materials for Elementary Music

2013 ExCel Teacher of the Year
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2011 Campus Teacher of the Year

Blog Portfolio3

I will be starting my 12th year of teaching elementary music in Texas.  I’ve been in my current position since 2011 years teaching over 600 students military students in grades PK-5th Grade.  I differentiate instruction to include students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, students with language barriers, and students in special education.  I serve

I also currently serve as the Journalism Club Sponsor in which I teach my students about broadcast journalism through producing a daily news broadcast for the elementary campus and creating videos for school and community events.  Students also learn foundations of photography skills and print media.

I have the responsibility of creating the yearbook of my campus and completed all accompanying business for the sale and advertisement of the yearbook and maintaining the elementary campus website.

For more information, check out my school webpage.


Musical INFORMances: Going Beyond Traditional Performances

Google Tools to Keep You Organized
Music and Technology Conference of Houston 2017

iDoceo Hand-out
Music and Technology Conference of Houston 2017

Curriculum Mapping: Cohesive Planning for Effective Instruction
TMEA 2016

Don’t Just Watch, Learn!
MATCH: Music and Technology Conference in Houston

Effectively Managing the 1:1 iPad Music Room

Teaching Untethered: Wireless Technology in the Classroom
TMEA/TI:ME 2015, TCEA 2015 , TCEA Tots and Technology 2015,
Tech-a-palooza: Red, White, & Blue 2015
MATCH: Music and Technology Conference in Houston 2015

iMovie 101
Lackland ISD iPad Academy 2013


Featured Teacher, Southwestern Musician April 2015

12 Rules of Music, MusicPlay Newsletter 2012

Professional Affiliations

Technology Institute for Music Education, 2015-Present

Texas Music Educator’s Association, 2006-Present

Association of Texas Professional Educators, 2006-Present

Follow Contact

Contact me via email at miscellaneous cara at gmail dot com

Follow me on Twitter @miscmecara

Like MiscellaneousMe on Facebook

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Visit and Follow my Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Visit My Store at Teachers Notebook


7 thoughts on “E-Portfolio/Contact Me

  1. Cara, what part of Texas are you in? I noticed you said you are the only music teacher in your district. We have an AMAZING team of music teachers in my district, and we meet once a month to share ideas and plan events together. If you’re close, you could come join us sometime!

  2. Hey Cara! I absolutely love your posters, visuals and clip art. Can you tell me if this is a certain program that you use to create your visuals? I would love to know where to get it. Thanks so much!

  3. As a first year elementary music teacher, this blog is inspiring! I am starting one myself to document my first year. If you have any advice, let me know! 🙂 Feel free to check out my blog at blissfullybruck.blogspot.com

  4. Hello,
    I’ve been searching the web for favorite music teaching sites and really like yours!   I’m part of a musical group that shares world culture with kids through music and I want to reach out and let you know what we do.
    Along with traveling and releasing cd’s, our main performer DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has a website that won a Parent’s Choice Award for it’s resources for classroom and home music education.  There are lots of hands-on crafts (Make Your Own Guiro, Bongo Drums, Dhol drum, Indian Ankle bells, etc.), lots of coloring pages and generally some really cool contest or freebie on the monthly song page – such as this one:

     You can also always find all our free and paid resources on TPT at:

     Would you like a cd to review or enjoy?  Want to do a contest with us?  Have some other fun idea?  We’d love to connect with you.  Drop us a line and let us know what you think!
     And please feel free to follow us on TPT or sign up for our e-news.  Many flash freebies and other goodies are only announced there!
     Wishing you an awesome musical Fall!


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