Roxanne Dillon lives in Plano with her husband Brian, her two teenage sons Tanner and Tyler, and her dog Reeses. She grew up in Las Cruces, NM and attended college and graduate school in Texas. She has experience in music, psychology, elementary education, and gifted education.
My educational journey has taken me down numerous paths, yet I know that each one has had a part in preparing me for the next. I earned my voice performance degree from TCU and then my Master of Music Therapy from SMU. After working as a music therapist in quite a few Dallas-area psychiatric hospitals, I felt the need to focus on children and youth, so I obtained my teaching certificate and taught elementary music for a few years.
Then a life twist took me and my family to Kansas. While my husband went to school, I developed my Kindermuisk business. I loved seeing the effects music had on babies, toddlers, and their parents, and I enjoyed having my own business.
Coming back to Plano in 2000, with a growing family, brought more changes. I enjoyed teaching preschool music during my own sons’ early years, but once they were in school, I entered back into PISD as a 2nd grade teacher. As my team’s gifted teacher, I fell in love with the challenges and joys of teaching “out of the box” thinking with these precious students. I finally felt my love of music, psychology, and teaching could be successfully combined.
After teaching 2nd grade for 9 years, I embraced change yet again. Two years ago, I moved to 4th grade. My 4th graders were energetic, full of stories, and they enjoyed my humorous songs. However, before long, I began to feel the weight of the many educational transitions and adjustments I endured over the past 11+ years. As more was put on our plates as teachers, there became less time for exploration and enjoyment in the teaching process. I felt that creative thinking and exploration was pushed aside to make room for more test preparation and behavior management. I didn’t see the benefits of all these changes, and I missed the spontaneity of the creative process I’d thrived on in earlier years.
After much contemplation and soul searching, I joined my friend Brooke in an educational partnership. Thus, CraniaLogix was born! Children need to be taught ways of thinking that will further their learning in every area. ALL children, not just the gifted ones, benefit from learning to think analytically and creatively. We desire to teach kids in a way that will encourage growth in all academic areas. We know that teachers would love to focus on creative learning in the classroom, but their time is limited and the needs of their students are great. Brooke and I want to come along side students, parents, and classroom teachers to help improve learning for all.