My name is Valerie Aja and in order to have a better understanding about me, you need to know about some of my experiences in life. After high school, I attended Sam Houston State University as a Music Therapy major. After 2 years of not taking college seriously, I decided I needed to get out on my own for a while. So, I joined the U.S. Navy in order to gain independence from my parents as well as to become more disciplined in my life. While in the Navy, I traveled overseas to Japan and Korea working on aircraft electronics. I also met my husband while stationed in California. After 4 years, I was ready to try college again. Once discharged from the Navy, I returned to Texas and started attending Stephen F. Austin. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a specialization in Music. I am certified to teach general classroom, music and physical education. For the next four years, I taught Elementary Music and general classroom in East Texas.
In 2003, we moved to the North Texas area and I taught second grade in Denton for one year. However, having started my teaching career in a small town, I discovered that Denton was not where I wanted to be. I came to Ponder ISD in 2004. I taught 3rd grade for 7 years and have now moved back to my passion - teaching Music! I come from a long line of educators, and spent a good deal of my childhood on stage with my family. I have learned a lot through my family about teaching. I also like to call upon my military training and experiences in order to keep my classroom a fun, and well managed place to learn. I strive to enhance each student's education in a positive environment that will allow each learner to perform at the best of his/her ability. My hope is that students will develop a life-long love of music.
My husband, Sean, is a police officer with the City of Denton. My son, Timothy, is 16 years old and is in 11th grade here in Ponder. My daughter, Shelby, is 12 years old and in 7th grade this year. We live in the country with our 4 dogs, a bird, and 2 snakes. We love baseball and are big Texas Rangers fans, and we also enjoy competitive shooting. Thank you for visiting my site. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.