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Miss Katherine Claus

Started Teaching in 2010

Started Teaching in Amphi Public Schools in 2020

Current Positions: Band Director, Drama Instructor, CTE Theater Production Instructor


Defining Moment In Education

As an educator, I aim to provide my students with experiences that will have a deep impact on their lives. In December of 2017, I had the opportunity to take some of my students to participate in the 2017 Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, GA. While attending the trip, I was able to take my students to the church and grave site of Martin Luther King Jr. This particular event was of extreme significance as many of my students from Detroit had never had the opportunity to see this location, especially as young black students. During the trip, we began to have deep discussions about MLK Jr. and his impact on our world today. 


Core Educational Beliefs

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo

For me, the arts are something that everyone enjoys and there are so many ways to apply the arts in our everyday personal and professional lives. My goal as an educator is to engage and tie together both critical and creative thinking to solve real world problems in the lives of my students. My students may not become professional artists, but they will learn how to think link one and apply these skills to whatever their passion is in life.


Prior Experience

Bachelors Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in K-12 Instrumental Music Education

Masters Degree from the American Band College throu Sam Houston State University in Wind Conducting

Accomplished Freelance Performer - Trumpet

Former Section Leader for the Ferndale Community Concert Band

10 Years of Teaching Experience in the Metro Detroit Area


Professional Accomplishments

2013 Feature in Popular Mechanics Magazine

2019 Vans Gives A Band Grant Recipient

Multi DonorsChoose Donation Grant Ricipient

Summer 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival School Band Feature Ensemble - Detroit Public Schools 

Participation in the 2017 Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, GA