During our school year, September thru May, music and chapel are enrichment programs offered at St. Andrew’s WDS. The music program is provided to our Threes, Fours, and Kinder Prep classes. Chapel is provided daily for all classes from Young Twos through Kinder Prep. Parents are invited to visit and observe their child’s enrichment programs.
I am Sara Purcell. I teach Music to the classes of 3 years old through Kindergarten. I received my Music Education certification from Oranim Teaching College in Israel; a BA degree in Psychology and Music from St. Edward’s University, and a certification for the Kodàly Method of teaching Music from TSU. In my General Music classes the children are introduced to musical activities in an age-appropriate, child-centered manner. Some of the activities are: Steady beat, tuneful singing, vocabulary, listening skills, coordination, body control, rhythmic values, improvisation, and creativities. My aim is to bring to the open every child’s God-given musicality, enjoy engaging in music, and benefit from the numerous academic advantages music education contributes to.
Chapel is available to children in the Threes through Kinder Prep classes and is held Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 am.
Chapel is led by a team consisting of Pastor Michael Crocker and the Children’s Ministries Director.
Rev. Michael Crocker
Rev. Michael Crocker has, for the last 13 years, served as an Associate Pastor at Alamo Heights UMC, in charge of the New Heights community, as well as, being the pastor in charge of Mission and Outreach. He received his Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School, TCU, and his Bachelors from Southwest Texas State University. Michael has been married to Ginna for 16 years, and they have two children, Grace (10) and Corbin (9).
While Michael has enjoyed all part of his calling as pastor, he is most passionate about unlocking in people the understanding that they are God's child and releasing them into a life lived as such.