Performing Arts Spotlight

  • Don Walker

    Don Walker

    Performing Arts

    Band Director

    Don Walker is the proverbial “Patriarch” of the Mapleton Performing Arts Department, having worked in Mapleton for the past 19 years, and an educator for 41 years total. He is a wealth of knowledge and advice, making him a fitting candidate for the position of “Father Figure” to this ragtag group of performing artists.  Don lives in Greeley, but was educated at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Education. In addition, Don holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Indiana University. Don’s love for this community, and the students in this district can be seen in the more than 40 mile commute he makes to work from Greeley every day. His care for his coworkers and colleagues can be seen in the advice he shares with all of us, the kind and funny words he uses on a daily basis, that makes work fun and enjoyable, and the dedication he shows to the children of Mapleton. He says, “I love the people that I get to work with daily.  I find the students very full of love and quite remarkable in their journey through whatever life gives them.” Don is the quintessential Mapleton teacher, working hard to create relationships with our community, his colleagues, and the many students whose lives he has touched over the years. He says, “I want to be remembered as someone who tried to show everyone that they were important to me in my life.” Don continues to show exactly that, on a daily basis, and for that we are fortunate.

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  • Caroline Meyer

    Caroline Meyer

    Performing Arts

    Orchestra Director 

    Orchestra Director Caroline Meyer is in her second year of teaching here in Mapleton Public Schools, where she has been tasked with teaching 7th and 8th grade students in our Zero Hour Festival Orchestra, as well as teaching beginning 5th grade orchestra students at Clayton, Welby, Meadow and Explore. She is a graduate of Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. A talented musician, who gave up her primary instrument, the Trombone, during her first year of teaching, to play the violin, in order to meet the needs of her previous employer, a tradition that she continues with today.  Caroline thrives at teaching here in Mapleton, where she says, “The students are passionate and hard-working, and the staff are supportive and professional.” Caroline is an integral part of our Performing Arts team, where she has dedicated herself to helping Mapleton students become the best possible musicians, that they can be. She believes in the words of the Little Prince, who states that, “It is only with the heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” A fitting quote, when one takes into consideration the fact that teachers such as Caroline, have dedicated themselves to helping students see what may be invisible to them, but that there is untapped potential that exists within all of our students.  

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  • Ben Weaver

    Ben Weaver

    Performing Arts

    Band Director

    Ben Weaver is currently in his 5th year of teaching here in Mapleton Public Schools, where he is our high school band director, directing the Skyview Marching Band, the Mapleton Jazz Ensemble, as well as our beginning fifth and sixth grade bands at Monterey Community School, Achieve Academy, York International, and Explore Elementary. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, (not the one in Florida) where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education in December 2013. Ben is a talented musician and educator, who has enjoyed his time here in Mapleton, stating that, “The students in band and other Mapleton Performing Arts are some of the most outstanding and motivated students in the district. I have the privilege of working with talented colleagues and motivated young people. It’s great to see the progress that students make year to year through their musical endeavors.” Ben sets high expectations for his band students, believing that anything is possible, if you are willing to sacrifice for the sake of your dreams, As an educator, he believes in the words of German Writer and Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who stated, Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”

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  • Kirby Dillmann

    Kirby Dillmann

    Performing Arts

    Band Director

    Band director Kirby Dillmann comes to us from Lynchburg, Virginia where she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009, with a Bachelor of Music Education. Mrs. Dillmann is our 6th and 7th grade Zero Hour Concert Band director, our 5th and 6th grade Beginning Band director at Clayton Partnership, Welby Community, Meadow Community, and Explore Elementary. In addition, Kirby is our Skyview Color Guard and Winter Color Guard director, where she led an amazing group of dedicated students in the spring of 2018, to our first ever Winter Guard State Championship, in the Novice Division, in only our first year of competition. Kirby is in her second year here in Mapleton Public schools with a total of 10 years teaching experience overall. Kirby has enjoyed her time in Mapleton, stating that, “Our students have great attitudes and want to be great at their craft. We have many passionate students in Performing Arts and being able to start a color guard program in Mapleton from the ground up has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career.” Kirby is a talented, and motivated musician and educator, who strives to be the best at what she does, and continually searches for ways to help make her students love music, as much as she does. Not one, to sit on her laurels, Kirby constantly focuses on improving her craft, as well as her teaching skills, because she firmly believes that one should, “Do it now, do it today. If you wait to begin that ‘thing’ you’ve always wanted to do, the day will never come. Do it today!” Thoughtful words, from a very thoughtful member of our Performing Arts staff.

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