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Marie Millikin » About Mrs. Millikin

About Mrs. Millikin

I am so excited to be a TOES Tiger! 
 
I moved to Collierville in 2010 shortly after marrying my husband, Brian.  I have two beautiful children, Maddie and Bryson, and two sweet puppies, Rory and Dallas. 
 
I am originally from Marion, Arkansas where I attended Marion High School.  I attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas where I received my Bachelors of Music in Education and my Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting.  I was active in the marching band where I served as the Drum Major of The Bear Marching Band for 4 years.  I studied French Horn while there and I also played in the Wind Ensemble and the Conway Symphony Orchestra. I still play my French Horn has much as I can, especially in my church orchestra! 
 
I started my career as a middle school band director in Forrest City, Arkansas in 2006.  I went back to school full time to obtain my masters degree.  After that, I spent a year teaching middle school and high school band in Olive Branch, Mississippi.  I began teaching at the elementary level in 2011 in the Memphis City schools where I was placed at Larose Elementary and Bruce Elementary.  I served at these schools for two years.  I then went to Riverwood Elementary and taught there for three years where I was over the 2nd and 3rd grade choir and the Riverwood Guitar Club. 
 
I come from a musical family where my father is a well known band director and my mom a prominent Orff music teacher in the Memphis City Schools.  They both are retired now and love being grandparents.  I have two sisters, my oldest is an interventionist in middle Tennessee and my twin sister teaches music as well in Little Rock, Arkansas.  
 
I have completed all levels of my American Orff Schulwerk certification.  If you want to know more about Orff Schulwerk and how I use it my classroom, click the link on my page for more information! 
 
My passion when teaching is giving kids great musical and worthwhile experiences so that i may create a foundation for music appreciation and understanding!