Milton Hershey School Everyday Hero: Emily Singer
MHS Everyday Hero: A campaign acknowledging employees at MHS who are often found behind the scenes and show up every day to make a difference in the lives of our students.
Emily Singer, MHS Band and Drama Teacher
“Emily Singer is an energetic, reflective young teacher who is always seeking new ways to improve her practice and engage kids. She is a team player and professional who exemplifies the MHS Sacred Values. We are fortunate to have her on our team.” — Dr. Edward Varner, MHS Director of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
1. What brought you to MHS?
While I was student teaching, my roommate at the time was student teaching at Milton Hershey School. I learned a lot about the school through her and was amazed by the mission. When she told me about a music teacher position opening, I knew that I had to apply.
2. How has COVID-19 impacted your role here?
The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted our ability to perform and rehearse in large groups. My band lessons during the day are limited to two to four students, and students are sitting over 11 feet away from each other while playing. Also, we have been unable to have any full band rehearsals or drama club productions—this has required us to get creative in making performance opportunities for our students virtually.
3. How have you stepped up this year to help your department or MHS as a whole?
This year, we put together a recorded Christmas performance for our fourth-grade band students. Students worked hard to earn a spot in the performance. We recorded students individually on stage with a beautiful set behind them.
4. How are you keeping your future in focus this school year?
This year, I am keeping my future in focus by working on my master’s degree in Educational Leadership through Penn State University World Campus.
5. Is there an interesting statistic about your department that you can share?
We currently have 75 fourth-grade students learning a band instrument.
Are you an Everyday Hero? Do you know someone who is deserving of this title? Email us their name and title at Milton Hershey School