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DFE's Christi Cannon builds a community through music

Published on Monday, April 27, 2020

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BCSD photo / Brian Troutman : Christi Cannon

Nearly 1,000 students pass through Christi Cannon's classroom each week for 40 minutes.

In that small amount of time, she strives to teach and inspire future musicians who love the arts, while also building community.

Cannon is a muisc teacher at Devon Forest Elementary, where she has spent the last five years teaching. She has taught a total of 15 years. She is one of eight semifinalists for Berkeley County School District's Teacher of the Year.

Working with children and other teachers who inspired her were the main reasons she wanted to be a teacher. Some of the teachers that had the biggest impact on her taught theater and chorus. 

"Those teachers had the biggest impact on me by inspiring the love for performing," she said in her application. "I took in so much of what I learned about performing in musicals and chorus performances and turned it into one of my biggest passions as an educator as well." 

Cannon enjoys utilizing innovative resources such as Quaver Music for curriculum planning. This resource provides students opportunities to learn music through composition, singing, movement and interactive games. She most recently worked with some colleagues to introduce personalized learning through the use of student choice boards. She also uses Seesaw on Chromebooks to teach and assess recorder instruments. 

"Innovation requires me to constantly look at my students’ needs and interests as well as my current approaches and use that knowledge to change and grow," she said in her application.

Cannon and her husband are active members of their community's civic league in Northwoods Estates, where her husband serves on the board of trustees. She has been active in mentoring new teachers at her school. She also started a running club two years ago that includes parent and community participation. 

Cannon is also active in her church, Restoration Community Church in Hanahan, where she regularly volunteers as a member of the praise and worship team and also serves as a woman's table leader each month. She leads worship at the church's Women's Retreat each summer as well.