Hello and welcome! I am so excited to have an opportunity to visit your school! Let me share a little about myself . I have been a teacher for over thirty years in the elementary classroom, preschool classroom and as a music specialist for private instruction in piano.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Kutztown University and earned an Orff Schulwerk Music Certification from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. My graduate course work includes studies in Early Childhood Music with Dr. John Feierabend, at West Chester University and graduate work in storytelling and music with two very well-known musicians and storytellers, Peter and Alice Amidon, at the University of Hartford.
Studying the art of writing is one of my favorite pursuits. Recently, I’ve written lessons for the “Teaching with Orff” website and “Music ConstructEd”. I am a member of the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators, Children’s Book Insider, American Orff Schulwerk Association and Reading Music Teachers Association.
Playing the piano is so important to me, and I’ve studied and played the piano for many years. I love getting my students moving to music while telling a story and love the interaction of music and storytelling!
Whenever I can, I enjoy walks with my terrific family and our dog, Molly who appears in my books if you look very closely for her.
My appreciation for telling stories began early in my teaching career. By capturing the interest of my students through storytelling and songs, I embraced a desire to encourage and appreciate a love for literacy. My first book, Henry the Hungry Hound, relives the mischievous antics of our beloved dog, Henry, and a kind old woman who devises a clever plan to end his bad behavior. I continue to enjoy writing stories that encompass valuable life lessons. I have published several lessons and articles on educational websites: https://bit.ly/HenryTheHound-Cocci and https://teachingwithorff.com/, while enjoying author visits in the classroom and online.
To Help Support Childhood Cancer Awareness month, I will be donating a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Just Released! My Moms Choice Award winning Children's book,
Harry's Horrible Hair. Click here for more information!