Meet Ms. MacDonald
Welcome to 2021-2022! This is going to be such an exciting year full of gratitude for the return of performing arts in our middle schools, and I'm looking forward to sharing this time with all of you! Here's a little bit about me. My name is Elena MacDonald, and I have three teenage children (15, 16, and 18.) As a 5th grader, I joined the after school honor choir at my elementary school, and I've been in choir ever since!
I began my career in music as a choir accompanist at the age of 15. By 16, I was playing the organ for large congregational church services, and at 23 years of age, I transitioned into directing choirs. Since 2002, I've directed choirs of all ages, K-12 and adult, while living in Colorado and then back to California! I spent 8 of those years teaching private piano lessons. I've been working in community theater since 2012 in various roles of production including directing, vocal directing, choreography, stage management, hair and makeup, costumes, lighting, and more! So far, 30+ productions and counting!
I am absolutely thrilled to be at returning to middle school performing arts teaching Choir at Fulton, Masuda, and Talbert Middle Schools, and I am delighted to begin a new Drama class at Masuda! I received my Bachelor's Degree from Cal State Fullerton and my Teaching Credential and Master's Degree from National University. Last year, I had the opportunity to return to Elementary Music at Newland, Gisler, and Plavan Elementary Schools. In the past, I have also worked as an independent contractor at both Edison High School, doing large musical theater productions, and Marina High School doing small black box theater productions. I have directed musical theater productions at Broadway on Tour in Santa Ana and Orange County Children's Theater in Huntington Beach. This year will be my 8th year here at FVSD, and I'm so excited for the opportunity to reconnect with Middle School! What an adventure this has been so far, and I'm excited to share this time with you!
Signs up are coming soon for 2022-2023!!!
CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME PERFORMING ARTS ELECTIVES AVAILABLE AT OUR THREE MIDDLE SCHOOLS: