Since 1999, Tracy Martino ’94 has been teaching music to first through fourth graders at Floral Street School in Shrewsbury, MA. Prior to that, she taught at Northborough’s Lincoln Street and Fannie E. Proctor elementary schools.
Since last March when COVID pandemic related changes were implemented, she has strived to make the best of hybrid, virtual, and in-person learning. The most valuable lesson she wants her students to learn is flexibility. “When something goes wrong, we can talk and find a way around it,” she said. “We remind each other, when I can’t do something I had planned, they say, ‘Ms. Martino, you have to be flexible!’ that’s when I think I’ve done my job.”
Martino has extensive experience with community theaters in central Massachusetts and beyond. She has performed with Milford Theatre Guild, Shrewsbury’s Regatta Players, Worcester’s Vanilla Box Productions, and Sturbridge’s Stageloft Repertory Theatre among others. Her students learn from their music teacher’s firsthand experience gained by performing at community theaters.
Martino received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Westfield State, where she performed with the Westfield Musical Theatre Guild. In 2002, Martino earned a master’s degree in arts education from Fitchburg State College.
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