Mariah Chapdelaine, a Quad Cities native, is a new vocal music teacher at Bettendorf High School, teaching two choirs and a show choir. Participating in both choir and band at Rock Island High School, Chapdelaine had always had an interest in music.
In her senior year, Chapdelaine was accepted into the Illinois Music Education Association’s All State Music Festival where she “fell in love with the
Previous to teaching at Bettendorf High School, Chapdelaine taught choir in Mercer County for two years.
“I really enjoyed the big school atmosphere and heard about the wonderful things happening here,” Chapdelaine said about what influenced her decision to apply at Bettendorf.
Aside from the atmosphere and music program, Chapdelaine said that being closer to home was another reason to apply.
In Chapdelaine’s first week of teaching, she said that her first impression has been positive, saying that the music program is a “wonderful program with wonderful colleagues,” and that “students want to learn and succeed, and really enjoy being in the music department.”
Chapdelaine also says that students seem comfortable in the department and do not hesitate to ask questions or communicate with the teachers. As the year continues, Chapdelaine said she looks forward to building relationships with her students, competing with the show choir and participating in Bett pride.