Princeton Music Department Staff

  •  Kristen Kristen Brown has a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and a masters in Educational Leadership from Miami University. She was a guest educator for Miami University in 2002. Mrs. Brown began her teaching career in Reading Public Schools before joining Princeton City Schools in 1995. This is her 28th year of teaching. She earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2007 and is a Resident Educator Mentor. She traveled to Europe twice as a director with the Ohio Ambassadors of Music, received the honor of Princeton City Schools Educator of the Year in 2008, and was the recipient of the Princeton Board of Education Dream Keeper Award in 2017.
       
     Jackie Jaclyn Ballman has been teaching in the Princeton City School District since 2000. She has taught at Sharonville Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, and is currently at Princeton Community Middle School and Princeton High School.  Prior to her employment at Princeton, she received a Bachelor of Music Education at Miami University.  She has also earned her Masters of Music Education at Miami University. Jaclyn is one of the choral and general music specialists at Princeton, and this year is directing the 7th and 8th-grade choirs at PCMS, as well as Viking Voices and Choraliers at PHS.  Jaclyn makes time for music outside of school serving as a vocalist and keyboard player at Community Christian Church in Hamilton.  She has received awards for singing including placing as a finalist at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition at Bowling Green University.  When she is not teaching or singing she is enjoying time with her husband and four children, ranging in age from 14 to 1 years old.
       
    Becky Brown Becky Brown has taught music in the Princeton City School District since 1979. She has served as Producer for many Princeton Musicals. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio and a Masters of Education Degree with a concentration in Music Education from Xavier University. Becky has additional coursework from the College Conservatory of Music, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Utah, Kent State, and Cleveland State. Becky is active in the Ohio Music Education Association. She has served on many committees as well as chairing the Music in Our Schools Month. She serves the OMEA as an adjudicator for Junior and Senior High Solo and Ensemble and Marching Band Adjudications. She was the recipient of the Princeton Board of Education Dream Keeper Award in 2017.
       
     Syndy Casey
    A graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Syndy Casey received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a Minor in Cello Performance in 1988. While in school, Ms. Casey began several band and string programs in the parochial schools in New Orleans as a part of her "hands-on" teaching education at Loyola. 
    Upon graduation, Ms. Casey moved to Fairfield, CT where she became an orchestra director and began her professional work with the Music Educator's National Conference under the tutelage of then National MENC President, Dorothy Straub. Ms. Casey has lived and worked all over the country, starting string programs in each location. Gathering her Master's Credit from many Universities throughout the country as she travelled, Ms. Casey received her final graduate credits in education from Indiana Wesleyan University in Teacher Education and Leadership. Ms. Casey also has a Graduate degree in Indian Philosophy.
    Ms. Casey has encouraged her students to participate in local and state events, and has taken her groups to contests and state music festivals, as well as performance tour experiences that stretched from Canada to Florida and from Hawaii to Washington D.C. 
    Ms. Casey has also served as Solo and Ensemble host and coordinator, Honor Orchestra Chair, adjudicator for Large Group and Solo and Ensemble events, and served as Indiana All State Orchestra Chair for two years. She was the recipient of the Princeton Board of Education Dream Keeper Award in 2017.
    Currently, Ms. Casey is one of three orchestra directors at Princeton City Schools in Cincinnati, OH, her alma mater. Beginning upwards of 100 new string students each year, Ms. Casey is very proud to be not only a product of the Princeton Music Department, but also a steward for the program that began her love for music and a lifelong journey in string education.
       
     David David Dendler is in his 19th year of teaching vocal music in Princeton; 32 total years in music education. He earned his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Vocal/ Piano Music Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He is a composer/ arranger/ vocalist/ pianist who has been published in Plank Road Publishing’s MUSIC K-8, GENERAL MUSIC TODAY and MUSIC EDUCATORS JOURNAL. Mr. Dendler has performed the National Anthem for the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Cyclones and was a performer at Kings Island as a singer from 1991-92. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, performing as a family singing and playing handbells. He and his family are also active in the music program at their church.
       
     Heather Hurley Heather Hurley graduated from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. She has been teaching in the Princeton City School District since 2014. Prior to her employment at Princeton, she taught middle and high school band at Community Unit School District 300 in Algonquin, Illinois. Ms. Hurley currently teaches Music Technology, Keyboard Explorations (beginning piano), 6th and 8th grade General Music, assists with the PHS Bands, and is the Drill Team Director for the Pride of Princeton Marching Band. She was the recipient of the Princeton Board of Education Dream Keeper Award in 2017. She makes time for music outside of school serving as an instrumentalist at Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Ohio. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Sean, and 1 year old daughter, Braelynn.
       
     Marie Knueven Marie Knueven is one of the orchestra directors at PCMS and PHS. Ms. Knueven earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from University of Louisville, and is currently completing coursework to earn her Master’s in Music Education from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Prior to teaching at Princeton, she taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestra in Warren County Public Schools in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Ms. Knueven is a locally performing jazz bassist. She is a member of National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, American String Teachers Association, and Jazz Education Network. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two terriers.
       
     Todd Leonhardt Todd Leonhardt has enjoyed twenty-six years as a music educator. Before he joined the Princeton Team of music educators, he spent eleven years in the Fairfield City School District. Mr. Leonhardt earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Akron and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Miami University, Oxford. His current teaching responsibilities include Jazz Ensemble, Scarlet Band, Band 6, Band 7, and Band 8. He was the recipient of the Princeton Board of Education Dream Keeper Award in 2017.
    Mr. Leonhardt enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He is blessed to have a family that all share in the passion of making music. Mr. Leonhardt and his wife co-direct a community steel drum band named Divine Steel.
       
     Angie McClellan Angie McClellan graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. She completed her Masters Degree in Curriculum Design from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in 1999. Ms. McClellan also studied piano privately from age 11-18 at Morehead State University. After graduating, Ms. McClellan began teaching in the Princeton City School District at RELIS.  Ms. McClellan enjoys spending time with her children, as well as her husband. She loves to cook and teaches from her piano studio she began in 2001.
       
     Shelley Miley Shelley Miley has been a music teacher at Princeton since 2000. Mrs. Miley holds two degrees from EKU; a Bachelor of Music Education with vocal emphasis and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. While at EKU she studied voice with Ms. Joan Boewe and Mr. Scott DeWeese, and she studied conducting with Dr. David Greenlee. Shelley performed for 7 years with "Stephen Foster the Musical" in Bardstown, Kentucky, including a three-week tour of Japan. Mrs. Miley was the guest conductor for the Jefferson County (KY) Public Schools All-County Middle School Treble Chorus in 2013. She has recently been a member of the Clermont Festival Chorale, she is a member of NAfMe and chairs the OMEA District 14 Junior High Honor Choir. Mrs. Miley resides in Milford with her husband Robert and their two children.
       
     Kyle Phillips  Kyle Phillips has taught in Princeton City Schools since 2013. Mr. Phillips received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Miami University in 2010 and is currently completing coursework to earn his Masters of Music Education degree, also from Miami University. Currently, Mr. Phillips teaches Jazz 7, Jazz 8, Jazz Lab, Band 6, General Music, Gray Band, Basketball Band, and is the director of the Pride of Princeton Marching Band. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Princeton Board of Education Dream Keeper Award for his hard work preparing the Princeton Pride Marching Band for Cincinnati's inaugural BLINK Parade.
    In addition to teaching at Princeton, he is a member of the trumpet section in the Southwest Ohio Symphonic Band, currently serves as the OMEA District XIV Honor Jazz Chair, and is President-Elect of OMEA District XIV. In his spare time, Mr. Phillips enjoys spending time with his wife Catlyn and their three cats - Louis, Cleo, and Stormie.
       
     Lesley Schultz  Lesley Schultz has been an orchestra director in the Princeton City Schools since 2008. She earned her Bachelors of Music Education from West Virginia University and her Masters of Music Education from Ohio University. Miss Schultz teaches a wide variety of music classes at Princeton including Guitar and Music Technology. She was the recipient of the Princeton Board of Education Dream Keeper Award in 2017. Miss Schultz maintains an active performance schedule as a violist around the state with several regional symphony orchestras. In her spare time she enjoys knitting.