The Lesson of “WOW”

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Sandra Krause breathed a sigh of relief when admissions officers at a naval academy rejected her application. “It was like being on the edge of a cliff,” Krause said. “They turned me down, but it meant I could pursue what was in my heart and soul, which was teaching music.” When Krause takes to the podium as the new choir director at Claggett Creek Middle School this fall, she’ll bring with her a wealth of experience in addition to a passion for teaching. “I’ve played in a country and western band, a Top 40 band and I sang in a rock band and jazz combos. Then I was in musical theater. I dabble in piano still in lounges. I’ve taught guitar, too. I’ve done everything except R&B,” said Krause. She started her teaching career 25 years ago in Seattle and eventually landed in Utah where she’ll be spending the next month packing up her family for the move to the Salem area. She was in town two weeks ago to help with the annual McNary Area Choir and Drama Camp. Despite the depth and breadth of her musical forays, Krause said she had never experienced anything like interviewing for the job at Claggett Creek. “The first day I did my demo and then came and did the interview, it was like, ‘Welcome...

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