Ms. Tammy Burrows
Two score and nine years ago, her parents brought forth the decree that she would be enrolled in piano lessons. Tammy had no idea what lay in store for her. There would be hours of practice over the years but in exchange she would be rewarded with a priceless gift: the ability to play an instrument. Whether to warm the heart on a cold day or venting frustration at a challenging day, Tammy discovered that music had lifelong benefits.
Now she enjoys empowering young people to enjoy music through the piano. A classroom teacher for over 35 years in grades of K-4, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 6th-8th as well as a piano teacher for over 20 years, Tammy loves engaging students whether in Bible, History, or Music for all are backdrops for learning life lessons and bringing glory to God. When not teaching, Tammy enjoys hanging out with her three grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Tammy holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum Design & Instruction (2013) from Arlington Baptist College.
Mrs. Jennifer Purdy
In 1974, Jennifer first fell in love with the idea of becoming a teacher. After moving schools over Thanksgiving break of that year, her 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Foster inspired her. Soon, she began piano lessons in the small town of Riesel and fell in love with music. In junior high and high school, she joined the marching and concert band. Learning to play the clarinet, her love for music continued to grow. Continuing her piano lessons, she learned to play all variations of the clarinet, saxophone, and Timpani drums.
After graduation high school and attending junior college, Jennifer moved to Arlington, Texas, to pursue her degree in teaching. Her love for music never died as she would continue to play for joy. She married her love, Scott, in 1989 and began teaching in 1991. After teaching for five years, she became a stay-at-home mom to her son Mitchell and daughter Emily. She entered the teaching field again in 2001 and taught for two years before being called to home school her children. This is where her love for sharing her passion for music began. Starting with six piano students, she began praying for ten. She felt that would be a good number to handle with home schooling. God heard her prayer and blessed her with twenty students. Her philosophy for teaching is to share her passion for the love of music and to help enhance her students' God-given talents. She now continues to teach piano along with 7th grade English at Grapevine Faith Christian School.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor's of English Education (1991) from University of Texas at Arlington.