Kris VerSteegt is a music specialist dedicated to developing the musical and aesthetic potential of children, educating pre-service teachers and those currently serving the profession regarding the concepts and content of music education, and educating teachers and pre-service teachers regarding how an education with music can both support and elevate work in the general education classroom.
Kris is an elementary general music specialist who lives in Ames with her husband Travis and two sons (Jake, 21 and Lincoln, 17). She teaches K-5 vocal/general music for Ankeny Community Schools, teaches Music in Elementary Education at Iowa State University, and served on the Drake University Summer Music Institute faculty.
Kris received her Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State University and her Master of Science in Education: Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development degree from Drake University. Mrs. VerSteegt has just completed her coursework in the Drake School of Education’s PhD program and expects to complete her dissertation within the next year.
Kris holds a mastery certificate in the Kodály Approach to music literacy and national certification in Orff Schulwerk; she has completed three levels of study in each methodology. Kris has also completed training in Conversational Solfege, First Steps in Music, and Comprehensive Musicianship.