Martha Finch
Elementary Music

“Music can change the World because it can change people” Bono

I know music has changed my life. My name is Martha Finch and I teach General Music, Choir, Orchestra and Direct Musical Theatre here at Arvada K8. I have a Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in scoring and arranging, a Masters Degree in Education, and a state endorsement in  Linguistically Diverse Education.

 I have taught at Arvada K 8 since the school opened in 2010. Over the years, I have developed a deep connection to our community and students. I love teaching music and seeing my students sparkle with pride, laugh with joy and develop musically,  academically and socially. 

Music has always been my passion. I have enjoyed performing since I was a teenager playing in many different groups, venues and meeting a variety of people. Currently, I am a first violinist in the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and have returned to my roots of songwriting and playing the guitar posting a song on Youtube.

I am married and have two wonderful children. My husband and I have two rambunctious English Springer pups named Buster and Tootsie. I enjoy swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, camping, snorkeling in the ocean and being a proud member of our Timber Wolf community.
Jeri Troudt Middle School Art

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” –Henry David Thoreau

What I see are the endless possibilities that are all around us.  My name is Jeri Troudt; I am the Visual Arts teacher for Arvada K-8.  I was born in a small town in Kentucky, but having lived in Colorado for nearly fifty years, I consider it my home.  I have taught various mediums of art from college to kindergarten, as well as being a professional photographer and practicing artist.  I graduated from Metro State University with a BA in Fine Arts Education.  In addition to being an artist and educator, I am the proud mother of seven children and one grandson.  Our household also includes two cats and three dogs.

My interests and hobbies are both vast and diverse, including hiking, camping (anything to get us out in nature), all forms of visual arts – esp. woodworking and photography, as well as gardening and exploring the culinary arts…just to name a few.

Along with my other interests, education is one of the strongest.  I consider myself a lifelong learner. I have chosen to share my zest for education through teaching.  As a teacher at Arvada K-8 I can be part of a strong and diverse community that learns and grows together.  I look forward to pursuing those possibilities.

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