About Me

Professional Summary:

“To highlight my work experience: I am retired from teaching preK-12 music and Business/Technology and careers. In the recent past I was administrator  and co-administrator of my school’s ‘after school’ program.   I have taught K-6 Music, Middle school Technology,  high school business classes ,and I am a past President of my professional association, the Oregon Business Education Association.   I have also taught high school choir and upper elementary school and junior high band. I have taught in both public and private schools. For five years (1990-1995) I was co-administrator of a private Christian school. For more than ten years I was also the co-owner of a preschool-kindergarten. I am also currently on my church’s worship team, as keyboard/pianist. And serve on the Worship Board committee. I am also very involved in TOASTMASTERS,  I was the District 9 Public Relations Manager for two years and have held offices in my local Toastmaster clubs, including president and VP Education and Secretary.  I am also an Auxiliary Gideon and an Auxiliary Eagle. I have been the editor of local Eagle’s monthly newsletter for a number of years.  I also create, write and maintain a number of webpages for non and for profit organizations.

More about Darlene:

Darlene is a Gresham Union High School Graduate and earned her B.A. Degree in Music Education from Western Oregon University (O.C.E.) and her Masters in Education with a minor in Music from Oregon State University She earned a Masters in Business Administration from National University. Her teaching endorsements are Standard Music PreK-12, Basic Business 5-12 and CTE (Career Technical Education) 9-12.”

Darlene has been active on the world wide web since the mid nineties and has been creating and designing web pages since then. She and her husband, Jim, run a small mom-pop web design business. Jim offers advise and sells computers in his spare time and refers web business to Darlene. She has designed and maintains sites for several non-profits and for-profit businesses as stated above.

In the 1999-2000 school year she taught music, choir and band at Ione. Choir at Heppner High and 1st and 3rd grade music at Heppner Elementary. From 2000 to 2003 she taught full time at Ione, teaching Business, technology and Music classes. She was also FBLA and National Honor Society Advisor. From 2003 to 2008, she taught Business/CTE and yearbook classes full time at Heppner High School. She was also the FBLA advisor and a class advisor. In the 2008-2009, she taught Choir and Business at Irrigon High School, 5th and 6th Grade Band at Irrigon Elementary School and K-4 General Music and Marimba at A.C.Houghton Elementary School. 2009-2010 she is taught at the two elementary schools – teaching general music, marimba band and technology as well as the after-school program.  In 2010-11, she added Careers to her class offerings and only worked first semester with the after-school program.  The 2011-12 year was a busy one.  Her OBEA presidential duties kept her busy.  Careers were integrated into technology classes and she helped with RTI applications that can be done via computer.  She administered the Study Island program for her school for three years.  She was also the webpage administrator for the Western Business Association for several years.

Her last few years of teaching were spent just teaching K-6 music and Darlene retired at the end of the 2015 school year.  Her retirement years are busy doing Toastmasters and writing webpages and she is a voracious reader and is trying to read her more than 3000 Kindle books that she has accumulated. She is also on the Oregon Hunter Education Instructors Association Board as their webmaster.  She and her husband, Jim, teach a Hunter Education course every June in Heppner.


Darlene was the recipient of the 2006 Best Newsletter Award for the Oregon Business and Management Educators and in 2009 was awarded a $3000  MUSAK Heart and Soul Foundation grant for her classroom at Irrigon Elementary School.

Darlene was recently awarded the LAMMERS Scholarship to be used toward attending  the 2011 National Business Education Association Conference in New Orleans, LA, in April.

Darlene has also done some composing and enjoys being creative.  Some of her work can be listened to on http://www.myspace.com/music.teacher.

Other webpages that she has designed and maintains: