Hi! My name is Micki Kathleen Allred and I am Franklin Discovery Academy's music teacher. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Weber State, where I learned to teach piano through the intervallic approach. Next, I went to the University of Utah, where I taught general music at Whittier Elementary and at the Homeless Shelter as part of a Teaching Assistantship for my master’s in music. I then headed to Eugene, Oregon to finish off my college career. I taught group piano and private lessons at the University of Oregon for two years. I was then offered a job back home in Roosevelt, Utah to teach music. In Roosevelt, I taught general music, for twelve years, at Duchesne County School District and I taught Music 110 at the USU extension. My husband John Allred and I also built a private piano studio, in Roosevelt and taught together for many years. I took a couple of years off from teaching to have two wonderful little boys, and now I am enjoying my experience as FDA's new music teacher. I have loved how FDA doesn't only help its students grow but also helps its teachers grow as well. Every six weeks, there is an opportunity to create a completely different music course! When I first acquired this job, I learned from my grandmother, who moved to Oregon from the Provo area 70 years ago (she’s 94), that the land this school was built on was from a part of her family’s homestead, the Holdaways. My grandmother always said that she grew up on the wrong side of the tracks (the West Side). I have to call her every so often and tease her that I’m headed to work on the wrong side of the tracks again and I wouldn’t have it any other way!