Gail Beamer

Music teacher in Marlborough finds harmony as beachcomber in Rye

I was born and raised on Long Island.  Iím a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, class of 1975 with a B.A. in Music as well as Elementary School Teacher Certification.

I married Tom Beamer in August of 1975, and we lived in Harrisburg for 10 years where I worked as Legislative Assistant for State Senator Charles Dougherty of Philadelphia and then Frank Pecora of Pittsburgh.

After the birth of our first son, Adam, in 1980 I became a stay-at-home Mom.  In 1984 Evan was born, and a year later we moved to Columbia, Md., for 4 years.  My husband was transferred to Waltham, Mass., in 1989, and we have lived in New England ever since.  Tom is currently the Senior Vice President of Finance for Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc., in White Plains, N.Y.  

I began substitute teaching when Evan started kindergarten in the fall of 1989, and, after subbing for the music teacher, I realized it was something I wanted to do.  With the help of our Superintendent, I applied for certification in Music Education in Massachusetts.  Having taken enough credits in music, I had to do a 150-hour apprenticeship as a music teacher.  This was easy, as I was a permanent sub for Middle School Music and fulfilled the 150 hours as I did my job.  Iíve been a Middle School music teacher for 14 years.  My job description includes 5th Grade Band director, General Music for grades 4-7, accompanist for the Middle School choirs, and small group instruction for Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion.  

Our sons are now 25 and 21.  Adam is a 2003 graduate of Northeastern University and lives and works in Boston.  Evan will be a senior at University of Vermont, majoring in English and minoring in Theater.  

I love the beach and have been coming to Rye for 50 years.  We now own the family cottage and spend summers going back and forth between here and our home in Marlborough, Mass.  When in Rye, I never miss a walk to the ocean, no matter what the weather.  My hobbies include playing piano, reading, beach bumming, crossword puzzlesÖand now writing!   

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