Darcie Pickering has been teaching in the Pearl River Public Schools since 2006. She has taught strings to students as young as third grade but has felt most at home at the High School Orchestra Director - a position she has held for the past 8 years.
Darcie graduated with her bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2004. During her time at UMass Lowell, Darcie gained valuable experience as a teacher in the UMass Lowell String Project and as a camp counselor at the Mary Jo Leahey UMass Lowell Summer Band Camp. A double bassist, Darcie performaned in the orchestra and wind ensemble, but her performance interests did not stop there. Darcie also played electric bass in the Jazz Rock Big Band and the mellophone in the marching band. Darcie also performed with the New England Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Wind Ensemble.
Darcie's course work at UML developed her interest in technology and creativity in the music classroom. This interest lead her to Teachers College, Columbia University where she earned a Masters of Arts in Music Education in 2006.