Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's of Music East Carolina University 1996 Master's of Music East Carolina University 2001
Mrs. Karen Matthews
I am originally from Virginia and grew up outside of Richmond. I graduated from Hopewell High School and attended East Carolina University. While at ECU, I was a member of the Marching Pirates and studied Music Education.
Upon graduation, I taught high school band in Yorktown, VA for three years before returning to East Carolina to attend graduate school. While in graduate school I taught the ECU Concert Band and assisted in teaching the Marching Pirates. I also taught music appreciation at Pitt Community College. I received my Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education.
After graduate school I took a position teaching at Dixon High School and spent eleven years teaching the marching, concert, and jazz bands in addition to teaching music appreciation, piano and guitar. As of 2012, I am proud to be at Dixon Middle School! In addition to 6-8th grade band, I also teach 5th grade general music and guitar. This is my 20th year teaching.
I am married to a Jonathan, a prior band director now assistant principal, and together we have three beautiful children - Benjamin , Alice-Ann and Lourie-Anna.