VOCAL MUSIC TEACHER
Crestwood vocal and music teacher, Deva Neely, can’t pinpoint just one experience that makes teaching worthwhile. “How can you just think of one experience when every day seems to be like my birthday — the gifts keep coming,” she says. Although Neely has been teaching professionally for 10 years, she’s been working with kids for a lot longer as a choir director and drama and singing instructor at camps and workshops. With a background in performing, she also coaches the primary and junior choir and holds two big concerts each year at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The fact that every day is different is one of the things Neely likes the most about her job. “There is never a time that it becomes stagnant, especially when teaching music,” she says. “I still can’t believe I get paid to sit at a piano and sing with children every day!” Knowing she’s making a difference is another thing that makes her job satisfying. “There is nothing like seeing children gain selfconfidence and show pride in their work. I get the opportunity to pass along my passion for music and that is truly a blessing,” she says.