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Performing with astronauts

Seth grew up in Alabama, where his father worked on the Space Shuttle Atlantis for over 30 years.

Along with music, the NASA community was his life, so when he wanted to make connections for Building Cultural Bridges, he began reaching out to over 100 well-known astronauts among over 20 different countries, all who took time to get on Skype calls or come in for assemblies to talk with the kids about how music influenced their professional careers.

“These astronauts would come to our school and the kids would just look at them like, ‘So, you’ve been in space!?’ ” Seth says. “We even partnered with Colonel Chris Hadfield and his brother, Dave, who wrote a couple songs for us and we performed with Chris while he was in space. It was a whole lot of fun.”

Today, Seth trains teachers as an educational technology specialist for elementary campuses in Pearland, Texas. When he first began teaching music, it was tech he turned to to invigorate both his students and his own teaching. Years later, he’s still cultivating his practice – first completing his master’s in technology and now finishing up his doctoral program in education.

“I’ve devoted myself entirely to this doctoral program, but that’s not where it stops,” Seth says. “I always dive into what I’m interested in. I believe you’ve got to keep pushing through! I spend countless hours making sure I know everything there is to know about topics I’m interested in. I’m a constant learner.”

Whether high up in space or on the ground in a neighborhood school in Texas, Seth sees music as the transcending bond among us all. For him, it’s a motivator in the learning – a comfort in the striving and a beauty in the work. His voice rejoices with the opportunity to teach others – in music, in tech, and in life.

“I’ve always had this outsider perspective on education, because I never expected to be here,” Seth says. “Music has had this presence my entire life, but now I also want to lead my district into becoming a truly world-class district. I just want to make it all a worthwhile experience for the students and the teachers.”

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