SDSU Fellow Aya Orozco Mentorship
Award-winning, veteran San Diego Unified Pull-out Instrumental Teacher, Harvey Tellinghuisen, works with hundreds of young students at 5 elementary school sites. "Mr. T" has also mentored many Music Education Majors on-site and in seminars at SDSU. Among them is first year Fellow, Aya Orozco - a trombonist, and future elementary general or instrumental music teacher.
Mr. T. glows when he talks about Aya's contribution to his music program.
"Aya is an exemplary CMP student. She is always ready to jump in and help any student and finds ways to help even when not specifically instructed to do so. We have had 2 evening performances (outside of her required attendance schedule) in the past weeks at which she has conducted and learned about the "crowd control" issues inherent in elementary performance situations."
When asked about her on-site experiences, Aya talks about her increased confidence.
"Through my CMP work with Mr. T I have realized that I feel at home in the classroom with a band in front of me. Sure, at first the act of actually teaching was frightening but Mr. T gave me the confidence to get up there and do it. I now can say that I have taught full lessons to full bands and small sectionals. It excites me because I am finally doing what I came to school to do: teach. Seeing my goals being fulfilled is one of the greatest feelings, it's indescribable. I owe a lot to Mr. T for pushing me to the limit, having so much confidence in me and for just being himself."