Trained as a singer and conductor through Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, Alan Wellman received his B.M. in vocal music education. He taught for two years at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago before pursuing a Master’s in choral conducting at California State University—Los Angeles. Since returning from Los Angeles, Mr. Wellman has served as a community chorus director, church music director, private voice and piano instructor and project manager at the Ravinia Festival.
Alan Wellman has been teaching music for the past six years at The Catherine Cook School in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. The Catherine Cook School is an independent, private school serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Mr. Wellman teaches grades 3 through 8.
Being a musician, Mr. Wellman has had many opportunities to study abroad in Italy, Germany and France. In the summer of 2010 Mr. Wellman had the good fortune to expand his personal interests by attending the famous culinary school Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. This experience in Paris was life-changing for him. As someone who uses many words and voices, Mr. Wellman found himself in the middle of Paris without any significant knowledge of the language. He had, in essence, lost his voice.
After experiencing the difficulties and struggles of being in a foreign country without a functional use of the language, Mr. Wellman immediately grew sympathetic and empathetic to students thrust into an English-speaking environment, as so many students are found in American School systems. Mr. Wellman is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on ESL Education at the A.C. E. and entering the CELTA Training Program through Teaching House NYC.
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