Music Teachers

Tori Walls
Tori Walls grew up in the upstate of South Carolina and enjoyed playing and singing music with her family from a very young age around the piano at home and at church. She graduated from Converse College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and an emphasis in piano performance. She is a former piano student of Dr. Douglas Weeks and oboe student of Dr. Kelly Vaneman. While at Converse she performed as a solo pianist, accompanist, oboist, and vocalist.

She has an endorsement for teaching Gifted and Talented education and is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri. She began teaching General Music in Spartanburg School District Six in 2012, and has taught at many schools including Lone Oak Elementary, Anderson Mill Elementary, Woodland Heights Elementary, and the District Six Child Development Center. She was named the 2016-2017 Lone Oak Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Aside from teaching elementary students, Mrs. Walls enjoys accompanying on piano for various students and ensembles throughout District Six at Solo and Ensemble, musicals, and other performances.

In her spare time, Mrs. Walls enjoys crafting, sewing, and spending time with her husband, Jesse, and their lovable rescue dog, Rumple.  In 2019 she and her husband welcomed a baby boy, and just this September a beautiful baby girl!

Mrs. Vicki Bishop, Anderson Mill Elementary Music Teacher and Choral Director,

Director of Elementary Music, Spartanburg District Six

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Vicki Bishop has been teaching Elementary Music in Spartanburg County for almost thirty years.  She loves teaching children using her 3 E’s motto “Energy, Excitement and Enthusiasm!”  She believes her teaching mission is to engage students in making music that is fun, exciting and expressive.  Currently she enjoys teaching primary and intermediate classes at Anderson Mill Elementary School.  She was previously a traveling music teacher at both Roebuck and Lone Oak Elementary Schools. 

Mrs. Bishop is a Dorman graduate and holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Converse College, as well as a Master Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  She has an additional certification in Elementary Education, as well as a Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement.  She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music.

Mrs. Bishop is a member of the American Choral Director's Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and a District Six Representative of the Kennedy Center Partner's in Education Program.  She was named Teacher of the Year twice: Houston Elementary School in 1995-96, as well as Anderson Mill's first Teacher of the Year when the school opened in 1998-1999.

In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Bishop coordinates the Elementary Music Department, Music Visions Program, and District Six Elementary Honors Chorus.  In the 2000's before her daughter was born, she taught Music for the Elementary Child at Converse College, as an Adjunct Professor.

Mrs. Bishop lives in Roebuck with her husband Brent and daughter Chloe.  She enjoys watching her daughter swim in area swim meets, traveling with her family, playing piano, singing in church choir, and doting on her pets.     

Kristen Laing

Mrs. Kristen Laing, Music Teacher and Choral Director, Orff Certified,

Lone Oak and Fairforest Elementary Schools 


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Kristen Laing, a South Carolina native, teaches music at Lone Oak Elementary and Fairforest Elementary.  She has enjoyed a varied music teaching career for over twenty years. She received her undergraduate degrees in both Flute Performance and Music Education from Louisiana State University, and her Masters in Music Education from the University of Missouri.  She has maintained a private studio teaching flute, piano, guitar, and ukelele for 25 years, taught elementary music in the Columbia, MO public school system, and founded a preschool music program for the residents of Hastings, NE while residing there.  She is very happy to be back home in South Carolina!


She served on the Columbia Public Schools district curriculum committee for two years, and helped to create the district’s revised curriculum to align with the national standards and create varied assessment techniques for music educators.  She was nominated as Columbia’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in both 2004 & 2006.  While Kristen is Orff trained and certified, she also loves to incorporate Kodaly methodologies in the classroom. She is currently pursuing her Gifted and Talented Endorsement, along with a Masters in Gifted and Talented.


Kristen and her husband, Dan (who also teaches music in District 6), live in Greer. They have two children: Parker and Emma (plus a puppy named Penny).

Mrs. Miranda Perry, STEAM Music Teacher and Choral Director, Roebuck Elementary School

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Miranda Perry is the music teacher at Roebuck Elementary School.  She teaches using the STEAM approach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), incorporating math skills when teaching students to count rhythms and phrases.

She joined the District Six faculty in 2017. In addition to teaching music at Roebuck Elementary Mrs. Perry is the Intermediate Band Director at the Lawson Academy of the Arts at Converse College. Mrs. Perry has a full studio of private students who consistently earn top ratings in local, regional, state, and national competitions. Before working in District Six Mrs. Perry worked five years as the music teacher at Advent Children’s Center.

Mrs. Perry earned her Bachelor’s Degree in music education from Converse College. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Educators, South Carolina Music Educators Association, as well as the American Choral Directors Association. Mrs. Perry enjoys performing regularly at her Church as well as playing professional performances around the area. Mrs. Perry enjoys traveling the world with her husband Dalton Perry, and they recently welcomed a baby boy in 2020. Along with her family, music and travel are her biggest passions in life.

Ms. Kelly Moore, STEAM Music Teacher and Choral Director, Fairforest Elementary School

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Kelly Moore, a native of Anderson, S.C., grew up in a musical family. From a young age, she and her sister sang in church, where their dad (Lane Moore, retired Dorman H.S. choral director) was the chancel choir and handbell choir director and mom was in the adult chancel choir. A product of Anderson D4 schools, she participated in concert chorus, played flute in concert band, and was in marching band color guard for 4 years and marched flute for 1 year. In Jr. High and Sr. High, she had the honor of being selected for SCMEA All-State Chorus and All-State Band. She credits her parents, her flute teacher, Rhea Jacobus, and her voice teacher, Peggy Kelley, for helping develop her confidence in performing and giving support in her early years of studying music.

Ms. Moore earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Converse College, where she studied voice with Dr. Susan Lyle. She was a member of Delta Omicron Music Fraternity, served as President of the college chapter in her senior year, and after graduation served as Province President for several years. She earned her Master of Music Education degree from Boston University and also received Orff I certification through B.U. She began teaching in Spartanburg D6 in 2000; first at Arcadia and Lone Oak Elementary schools and currently Fairforest Elementary.

At Fairforest, she teaches students to count and read rhythms, emphasizing math skills as part of the STEAM approach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  She especially enjoys teaching fifth graders how to play recorders and count rhythms.

Her professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Educators (SCMEA). Ms. Moore was invited into the Alpha Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization for women educators, in 2005. In her 12 years as an Alpha Mu member, she has served as chair of the Personal & Professional Growth committee, 1st Vice President, and President. She is currently the Immediate Past President of Alpha Mu and serves on the Alpha Eta State Historical committee.

In her personal time, she enjoys singing and ringing handbells at Trinity UMC; serving as a freelance soloist at churches, for weddings, and other events; singing with Cecelia’s Day (a semi-professional vocal ensemble) at the Biltmore House; being a part of a book club and participating in the adult summer reading challenge at the library; traveling whenever possible; and Face-Timing with her niece and nephew (although true face to face time with family is the best!).

Mrs. Bridget Burgess, Leader in Me Music Teacher and Choral Director, Pauline and Roebuck Elementary Schools
Bridget Burgess received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance at Anderson University, and holds a Master of Music Education degree from Converse College.  She also anticipates completion of a second masters in 2019 from Gardner Webb University, in Instructional Technology.  Additionally, she holds a Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement.  


Mrs. Burgess was chosen as Pauline's 2013 Teacher of the Year.  She is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society.


Mrs. Burgess enjoys sharing her love of choral music in the community, as well as regionally and nationally.  As part of the Anderson College Ensemble/Radiance she performed in Japan, London and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Gospel music is a specialty for Mrs. Burgess.  She currently serves as Guest Director of the Women's Day and Children/Youth Choirs at Long Branch Baptist Church in Greenville.  Previously she was a member of the Mass Choir at New Hope Baptist in Greer, and a member of the Praise and Worship Team, and Children's Church leader at Mount Moriah Baptist in Spartanburg.
Mrs. Burgess has served as a background singer in several recordings:
  • Pure-N-Heart (Tri-State Children/Teen Choir) Recording (2009/2010, 2017)
  •  “Greater” – Recording by Antrina Miller (2010)
  •  “Music with the Master’s Purpose in Mind” – Recording by Pastor James Resse (Evangel Cathedral of Spartanburg, SC) (2002-2003)
Mrs. Burgess also enjoys performing church music with her husband, who is a local minister of music.  She lives in Greer with her husband and three daughters.  



Mrs. Claire Foote, Music Teacher and Choral Director, School-Wide Musical Director, Jesse Bobo Elementary School
Claire Foote is an Alabama native who received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education fro Converse College in 2010.
She began teaching in District 6 at Bobo after graduation and received her Master of Education Degree in Elementary and Gifted Education in 2012. 
Mrs. Foote specializes in West African Drumming with an emphasis on Djembe. She has conducted Djembe workshops for the Visions Summer Arts Institute in recent years. She also uses her drumming techniques in teaching rhythm units at Bobo.
Jesse Bobo was the first elementary school to be featured in a school-wide musical at the Dorman Fine Arts Center.  Mrs. Foote directs these musicals after school hours and works with students to ensure students feel confident in their speaking parts and choreography.  Great time and effort is placed on perfecting students' singing abilities and featuring their musical talents.  Mrs. Foote loves teaching her students to shine in the spotlight!
In 2016 Mrs. Foote was selected as Jesse Bobo's Teacher of the Year and is very proud to be a member of the Bobo team. 
Currently, Mrs. Foote and her husband live in Spartanburg and await the February arrival of their first child.
Dr. Sharon Doyle, ABC Grant Manager, Music Teacher and Choral Director, Woodland Heights Elementary School
Dr. Doyle currently teaches general music and arts infusion at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg District 6, an Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) site. She has also taught orchestra at all levels and served as building administrators in Spartanburg District #6 & #7 with over thirty years in the public school system. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at USC Upstate and Converse College.
Dr. Doyle is active in her school, community, and throughout the state. She is a regional outreach consultant (ROC) for ABC, has served as a grant manager and reader for the State Dept. Arts Curricular grants, held multiple offices in SCMEA in the orchestra division (All-State chair, president, president-elect, and treasurer) and on the executive board (administrative representative and conference chair).
She is currently the executive director of the orchestra division and the conference chair on the executive board. Dr. Doyle has earned several awards including the Deborah Hoffman Mentoring Award from SCMEA, Teacher of the Year for Woodland Heights Elementary, and was inducted in 2015 SCMEA Hall of Fame, as well as provided her services as a clinician at local, state, and national conferences and adjudicator for instrumental festivals. She has served on the Spartanburg Music Foundation board which manages the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and continues the planning of the Youth Link-Up Concert for Spartanburg County fourth graders numbering 3500+ for 2016.
Dr. Doyle is an advocate for arts education at all levels of instruction and has taught the South Carolina Academy for Leadership in the Arts (SCALSA) since its inception serving nearly 200 young teachers in the arts from throughout the state. She is amused to read current innovative staff development strategies that are now proclaiming the ‘teacher teaching teacher’ model as one of the most effective ways to provide support for new teachers. “We’ve been doing this since 2002 and are proud to say that better than 90% of our teachers who have participated in SCALSA remain in the profession providing quality instruction to the students they reach. “ She also completed her doctoral dissertation from North Central University in Prescott, Arizona on the correlation of quality fine arts to test scores in South Carolina using every elementary 3-5 grade school score as her data set. The research confirmed significantly that quality fine arts programs correlate to higher reading scores, correlated to an improved negative effect of poverty on scores, and presented a marginal effect on improved math scores. This is another example of her advocacy to present the facts for the positive effects of fine arts and music on the children of our state.
She has also published blog articles through NAfME on the connections of literacy (reading) and music as viable instructional strategy development parallels that are being used in parts of the state as required reading for the R2S courses currently being taught.
She currently lives in Spartanburg with her husband and enjoys traveling to Kentucky to visit her nieces and nephews.
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Mrs. Ashley Stansell, Music Teacher at the Spartanburg District Six Child Development Center
Ashley Stansell is the music teacher at the Child Development Center. At the CDC, Mrs. Stansell has the privilege of introducing the district’s youngest students to the basic concepts of music. It is her desire to build a solid foundation for pursuing music in her students’ future education. Mrs. Stansell’s teaching includes engaging activities that allow students to experience music in a variety of ways. Her goal is to not simply teach music, but to ignite a spark for music within each of her students.
After graduating from Dorman, Mrs. Stansell attended Anderson University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2014. Following graduation, she began her teaching career in District Six. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree from USC Upstate in Early Childhood Education.
In her spare time, Mrs. Stansell loves spending time with her best friend and husband, Michael. She also enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, being active and travelling. Her favorite place to be is in a kayak on a lake, river, or on ocean.


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Mr. Will Sinclair, Music Teacher and Choral Director, Specialty in Jazz Studies, Arcadia and West View Elementary Schools


Will Sinclair graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 2012 with a degree in Piano Performance: Jazz Studies.  He has a Masters in Music Education from Converse College in 2018.  He teaches private piano and voice lessons.  He enjoys accompanying church choirs and playing piano in local jazz bands in the upstate area, as a freelance musician.  He also often accompanies for the District Six Elementary Honors Chorus as well as the Dorman Singers. 


Additionally,  Mr. Sinclair is an adjunct professor at University of South Carolina Upstate where he teaches classes in Pop/Jazz piano. 


In his spare time he enjoys working on his farm with his wife, son and daughter. 

 Katie Smith

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We are thrilled to welcome Katie Smith to our staff!  Katie is a graduate of Converse College with a degree in Music Education and specialty in Early Childhood.  She has twelve years of teaching experience, ranging in ages from preschool to high school.  Most recently she taught middle and high school band classes at Oakbrook Preparatory School.  While she loves teaching music to all ages, she has a passion for sharing her love of music with younger children.
Mrs. Smith is also the Minister of Music at West Springs Baptist Church, where she enjoys conducting her church choir and leading worship.  Additionally, she is an accomplished French Horn player, performing in the Sparkle City Brass Quintet throughout the year.  She also has played regularly with the Converse Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, as will as playing in the orchestra at the Spartanburg Little Theater.
In her spare time, Mrs. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband and son at the beach, and working with local dog rescues in the upstate.