Phone: East Phone: 847-451-3049 West Phone: 847-451-3146
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Elmhurst College Google Certified Educator K-12 ESL Endorsed Teacher
Mrs. Michelle Vazquez graduated with honors from Elmhurst College, earning a degree in Music Education and minor in Spanish. During this time, she performed with many ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, Concert Choir, and Women’s Chorus. She also held many leadership roles in various campus organizations, including serving as the past president of Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity. In the spring of 2010, Mrs. Vazquez received the prestigious MENC collegiate professional achievement award for her contributions to her collegiate chapter. She completed her English as a Second Language Endorsement in 2015, and is in the process of obtaining a Masters in Teaching and Learning from the University of St. Francis.
After student teaching and then filling a one-year maternity leave at Leyden, she accepted a position teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music and choir for two years at Gary Elementary School in West Chicago, Illinois. Returning to Leyden in 2014, her responsibilities include conducting the curricular and extra-curricular ensembles and facilitating the daily operations for over 200 instrumental music students in four Concert Band sections, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Marching Band, three Jazz Bands, and Drum Club.