Meet the Quaver Trainers!

by Abby @ Quaver on July 25, 2016

in At Quaver HQ

As summer comes to a close, our Quaver Trainers are working hard to make sure every Quaver teacher is ready for the first day back!

If you’ve ever been to a Quaver training—live or online—then you know they are jam-packed with information, hands-on activities, group work, and of course fun! Today we are introducing you to some of the faces you may see at an upcoming Professional Development day in your district. Read to the end for details on online training this August!

Meet the Quaver Trainers:

Otto Gross

Many of you may already know Otto Gross—songwriter, percussionist, and the enthusiastic character Austin Otto in the Quaver Curriculum. Otto earned his BA in Music Education from Berklee College of Music and is also Orff Level I certified. His abundant knowledge and love for music is contagious. We dare you not to smile while he improvises a “groovy” song!

Here’s what Quaver teacher Tony Flores at Wiley Post Elementary in Oklahoma City, OK had to say about his PD Day with Otto:

“As I sit here and plan for the new school year, I am so excited to have Quaver’s Curriculum next fall! All of the elementary music teachers in our district are SO excited and we had a BLAST with Austin Otto at our training day! Thank you for giving us the BEST professional development day ever!”

Valerie Diaz Leroy

Valerie joined as a lead trainer in 2015. Before putting on the green Q, she served as a dedicated music educator for 13 years at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida; received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Boston College; holds Kodály Level I and Orff Level I & II certifications; and loves to play the banjo. Valerie currently lives a very music-filled life in Maryville, TN with her husband Mark who builds custom mountain dulcimers.


Here’s what Johnny Powers of Hampton, South Carolina had to say about Valerie’s training this spring:

“I found today’s training with the Quaver team very informative. I really enjoyed Val’s teaching during the 5th grade example! It is obvious that you all truly have a love for music, and I love to see that in people. Your passion for your job shows and it is contagious!

Emmy Williams Burch

Emmy is a long time Quaver super user and teacher trainer! She equally loves meeting teachers who tell her that Quaver has changed their life for the better AND working with those who are new to Quaver and seeing the epiphany when they “get it!” With a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University, Orff Level I credentials, and extensive choral experience directing the Savannah Children’s Choir, Emmy brings a stellar combination of expertise and energy to every training she offers!


Catie Dwinal, Amanda Thompson Reilly & Greg Roman

Luckily for us here at Quaver, several of our Key Account Representatives have extensive teaching experience and work double duty as trainers! Catie Dwinal serves the Northeast and parts of Texas, Amanda Thompson Reilly serves Texas and Oklahoma, and Greg Roman serves the Mid-Atlantic, Florida, and parts of the Lone Star State, as well.


Catie and Amanda training Belton ISD in Texas.

In 2014 Catie was awarded TI:ME Teacher of the Year – making her our go-to person for any questions about integrating technology into the music classroom.

Amanda has her BA of Music with emphasis in Dance and Oboe Performance from Middle Tennessee State University and is undergoing her Dalcroze certification this year. 

Greg earned his BA and Masters in Music Education and Music at South Florida University and is certified in Conversational Solfège I & II and Orff, levels I & II. Both are extremely passionate about music and Quaver, and are happy to help teachers with anything they need!

And last but not least, allow us to introduce the newest member of the Quaver family…

Alyssa Hunsucker Avenatti
Director of Pedagogy and Vocal Quality at

Alyssa Hunsucker Avenatti is an experienced educator who began her career in San Antonio, Texas as an elementary music specialist and children’s choir director. She holds a Master’s degree in Kodály pedagogy, and is also certified in the Orff-Schulwerk approach and World Music Pedagogy. Alyssa regularly offers practitioner workshops at state and national conferences, and has also presented academic research throughout the country. Alyssa has worked with undergraduate and graduate students at Loyola University Maryland, Midwestern State University and Indiana University.


Please give Alyssa a warm Quaver welcome if you see her on the road this fall!

Planning a Back-to-School PD Day?

We have some exciting new Professional Development coming your way this August. Mark your calendars for our second annual National Digital Training Day!

Thursday, August 4th
LIVE kickoff at 9:00AM Eastern, 8:00 Central
On-demand options for Level 1, 2, or 3 training sessions all day long!

The training sessions will also be archived for teachers to access any day that works for them! We’ll be sending more information this week, or you can contact our Director of Training, Abby Hollingsworth, at for more details.


Is a Quaver Trainer coming to your PD Day? Share your training pictures on social media with #QuaverTraining!

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1 Jan Tortorella July 28, 2016 at 7:55 pm

It appears all of these PD days are digital, is that correct? I am the only music teacher at a small private school in Houston and we are purchasing the Quaver Texas curriculum this year. Will I be able to “attend” these trainings?


2 Abby @ Quaver July 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

Hi Jan,

You will definitely be able to attend these trainings! There will be a Texas specific Digital Training Day on August 8th – more information will be sent out today.


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