Degrees and Certifications:
My name is Mrs. Pendergraft and I have LOVED being an Earlywine Dolphin for 19 years. And this year (August 2020) begins my 32nd year of teaching!
- I am a 1984 graduate of Newcastle High School- just down the road
- Although I still call myself a Racer, I was truly Sooner born, and went straight from Newcastle to the University of Oklahoma
- I graduated with a Bachelor's in Education- Music Emphasis in 1988 and once again became a Racer, taking my first teaching job at my hometown of Newcastle. I taught in Putnam City after Newcastle, and then in 1992 I began teaching in Moore Public Schools. First at Upper-Central Elementary (now Central JH), and then at Briarwood, Red Oak, and Eastlake. My "home" has been at Earlywine since!
- I was nominated Teacher of the Year by my colleagues at Brairwood in 1995 and by my Earlywine colleagues again in 2017.
- I completed my National Board Certification in 2007.
- I have been married to my husband, Steve for 30 years. He works at City Collision Repair, in Del City. We have 27 year old identical twin sons, Ryan & Scott.
- I enjoy spending time with family and friends, crafting, cooking, going to the lake, and going to movies.
- I am a member of Canterbury Voices and LOVE making music with friends.
- I conduct the Canterbury Youth Voices Moore Apprentice Choir.
- I have enjoyed conducting Circle the State With Song 3 times.
I come from a very musical family. My mother was in the Capital Hill High School Choir and she was a big influence in my decision to become a music teacher. She taught me how to listen to others as I was singing - being careful to match pitch and tone and to sing expressively. On family trips she taught my sister, brother and me to sing harmony. I still enjoy singing with her today when I get a chance.
My mother's parents were musicians as well. My grandma played the piano by ear and could figure out any hymn or country song if she could just hear it one time. When she was just a little girl, the church organist became ill one Sunday. So my grandma's brother volunteered her talents saying, "My sister can play!" He took her by the hand, led her to the organ, sat her on his lap (so that she could reach the keys), and she led the church in song that day. Grandpa played the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin by ear. Some of my fondest memories are of the times our family gathered around the piano and sang along to "Faded Love", "I'll fly Away", "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain", and countless other classics!
My dad's mom, my Grandmother, was a very accomplished musician and she read music very well. Her first job was at a theater playing the piano for silent movies. She also taught piano lessons. She often designed specific lessons for each student to help them achieve success. She enjoyed poetry too. Some day, I would like to compose music from one of her poems.
Music is a part of me and always will be, and I'm still learning. I hope that we will enjoy learning at Earlywine!