Deva Neely


The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators -

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.

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