Thomas Chen

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Directory Information
Job Position: 
Phone Number: 
(970) 488-7573
Room Number: 
200
About Me
Biographical Sketch: 

I was born in Fort Collins and have lived here all my life. I went to Tavelli, Bauder, and Timnath Elementary, Preston Junior High, and Poudre High School. I earned my Bachelors Degree Magna Cum Laude in 2011, and my Masters Degree in 2013, both in music education.

I started working at Traut in 2011 fresh out of college and have been here ever since.

I am blessed to reside in Timnath with my wife Elizbeth, my daughter, Vivian, my cat, Fiona, as well as my two dogs Panda, and Tahini. 

What I like about Traut is...: 

All the brilliant children that I get to work with for multiple years. I enjoy the fruits of everyone's labor and the love watching the amazing growth that happens as the children grow up.

Hobbies & Interests include...: 

During my "free time," I enjoy watching movies, reading, playing piano, spending time with friends, board games, and video games.

My favorite books and authors are...: 

Books by Brandon Sanderson and Mo Willems. Bradon Sanderson writes enthralling fantasy novels, while Mo Willems has an fantastic sense of humor.

Favorite Quote: 

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child

My Classroom
About My Classroom: 

During music, I see one-third of the school four days a week, for 45 minutes each day. In addition to learning Core Knowledge Content, students learn a sequenced music method called Kodály which focuss on learning musical concepts through the use of folk songs. Each grade also has their own unique performance once a year.

Throughout the Traut musical experience, students focus on singing, dancing, playing instruments (particularly recorder), music history, performance etiqutte, reading and writing music notation. It is a rigorous yet joyful experience as students work diligently to strive for a solid foundation in music to prepare for 6-8 grade Core Knowledge music ensembles. 

Choir will be offerred to students twice a week in the fall while Chimes choir will be twice a week in the spring. Students in grades 3-5 may join either ensemble and up to 22 auditioned students are accepted into the chimes choir.