Marylhurst alum Brandy Golston ’05 landed a music teaching position at Boeckmann Creek Primary in the West Linn – Wilsonville School District, starting fall 2017.
Brandy Golston was hired to teach music to grades K-5 at Boeckmann Creek Primary. “I could not have been able to apply for this position without coming back to Marylhurst and receiving my endorsement in music,” Brandy said, referring to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission endorsement she recently received through Marylhurst University’s Department of Education.
School districts in each state rely on university education departments to evaluate an individual’s preparedness for classroom instruction. In Brandy’s case, she worked with Marylhurst University’s Department of Education faculty, who connected her to an internship at Willamette Primary, also in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Once Brandy completed her internship, evaluated by both her on-site supervisor and Marylhurst education faculty, she received the TSPC endorsement from Marylhurst University.
Obtaining her teaching endorsement was not the only benefit Brandy received through the process.
“I did my music internship at Willamette Primary, which helped me become familiar with the culture and expectations of the music faculty in the West Linn-Wilsonville District,” Brandy said. “Their expectations are very high, and I am flattered that I have the chance to grow and be mentored by these master music teachers.”
Brandy Golston started her education at Clackamas Community College, where she received an associate’s degree in music. She transferred to Marylhurst University for her bachelor’s degree in music. Brandy also holds an M.A.T. from City University of Seattle. She taught for two years at a primary school in Washington, but upon returning to Oregon, Brandy realized she needed an endorsement to teach in Oregon schools.
Brandy could not be more appreciative of the ongoing support and assistance she’s received from Marylhurst over the years. “Even though I had originally received my B.A. in Music at Marylhurst, and taught music in a public school for two years, I still needed the endorsement to teach music (in Oregon),” she explained. “Marylhurst was so flexible with my schedule. I could not have achieved my goal at any other university.”
Brandy Golston earned her B.A. in Music with certificates in vocal pedagogy and music performance from Marylhurst University in 2005.