To support the expansion of the countywide ECoSistema music program, we welcome Kent Dutchersmith. Kent is a Lead Teaching Artist working with music students at the Boys & Girls Club in Goshen. Kent first showed musical interest when he was kicking to the beat of the church organ when he was still in utero. Playing music, teaching music, and empowering others to do music have been life-long passions of Kent’s. At Goshen College, Kent studied music, elementary education, and TESOL. Kent earned his masters in music education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk at Anderson University.
Kent taught elementary music (and ESL) for 18 years with Goshen Community Schools, which included directing Goshen’s only Orff Ensembles for 10 years (at Chamberlain and Model Elementaries). Kent is also a performer and a multi-instrumentalist and has recorded 2 albums with the family-oriented band, Kentucky T. Dutchersmith, and the Rubber Band.
Currently, Kent plays cello in the Maple City Community Orchestra, string bass in the Lost Luggage jazz trio, and electric bass in the church group Faithful Bread, which he has led for almost 20 years.
Kent is very excited to be joining a non-profit organization that uses music to empower children who may not otherwise have access to such opportunities. He looks forward to integrating the Orff approach into his teaching (especially into the Song Circle Class) and can’t wait to teach beginning string players.
Listen to Kent’s music on Spotify!
Our Adult Pathways team added Anabel Bruner as Orientation Coordinator in our Elkhart office. Anabel is the first person you encounter when entering the office and the voice you hear when calling in by phone. She’s bi-lingual and provides many of our adult students with assistance as they study to pass their high school equivalency (HSE) exam.
Her parents are from Monterrey, Mexico and she was born in Texas. Soon, they moved north, living in Michigan for eight years and ending up in Elkhart. She grew up immersed in two languages and learned to work hard towards her goals. She’s the only one of four children in her family to go to college and graduate.
In her downtime, she likes to craft and make gifts for other people. She also likes to paint, read, go to the movies, bake, cook and spend time with family and friends, learning something new every day. She and her husband also enjoy biking, hunting, and fishing together and they have five pets.
Anabel is excited to be working with HEA and looks forward to seeing the impact the initiatives will have on Elkhart County long term. She made a career change this summer, from working in the medical field to the world of education. She’s finding it rewarding to help adult learners achieve their goals.
Allison Horner and Janet Amaya
Allison Horner and Janet Amaya are youth apprentices starting with us this year, as project assistants. They’ll be working part-time while attending high school part-time. As part of the apprenticeship, they’ll receive high school credit, college credits, industry certifications, and paid employment. They are part of the new CareerWise Elkhart County apprenticeship program supported by our community foundation, TCU, and local businesses.
Allison is a junior at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Indiana. She is the captain of the varsity cheer squad and participates in coaching a youth cheer team. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, along with watching baseball games. A fun fact about her is that I was born on Valentine’s Day.
She chose to go into the apprenticeship program because of the different pathways it provides. She finds joy in balancing her school education with real-life experiences, which made the apprenticeship program appealing. With HEA, she looks forward to learning about creating projects that focus around students and working with other companies to create new learning pathways for those students.
Janet is also a junior at Northridge High School. She chose the apprenticeship program because she feels it will be a learning experience. She looks forward to learning how it is to work at an office and how to work with different people. A fun fact about Janet is that she eats yogurt with a fork!