Mrs. Monica Holy
    Hello and welcome to elementary strings! My name is Monica Holy and I am one of the instructors who will be teaching orchestra at Meramec, Captain, and Glenridge Elementary School. This is my 9th year in Clayton school district and am coming from Hazelwood school district where I taught middle school orchestra for six years.
    My "violin life" started in the fourth grade at Craig Elementary School in the Parkway school district. Just like the musicians here I began by learning The Suzuki Method. I achieved both my Bachelor of  Music Education and my Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where I studied with The Arriana String Quartet. I currently teach violin and viola privately and I also perform with The Town and Country Orchestra. However, I particularly enjoy teaching orchestra because I love the challenge of making the ensemble sound better and better each year. I always try to be innovative in my approach to teaching and cherish the relationships I build with my students.
      1. Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough
      2. Favorite Ride at Six Flags: Superman
      3. Pets: None...but a cute 9 year old and 5 year old!
      Mrs. Mariana Wood
     Hello Clayton Strings!! 
    I am originally from Sao Paulo – Brazil. I initiated my violin studies through the Method Jaffe of Strings in 1999, playing in a group setting, much alike the one in Clayton's 5th grade class. After a few years of instruction I became a member of the String Orchestra Acorde para as Cordas of Sao Paulo, which performed about 30 concerts a year. That was such a fun time in my life! My passion for music grew year by year, opening new doors of opportunity. I became a member of the Camerata Sao Paulo,professional String Ensemble, performing classical, jazz, and pop music in a number of different States of Brazil.
    In 2004, I became part of the staff with the Jaffe Strings Method in Sao Paulo, teaching violin, viola, cello, and double bass in a string orchestra setting for over two years.
    In 2006 I moved to the United States to study under the Arianna String Quartet. Since then, I have graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in violin performance from the University of Missouri-St Louis, and a Master’s Degree in violin performance and Suzuki Method Certification from Southern Illinois University – SIUE. Upon my graduation from UMSL, I became the Music Director for the Music Immersion Program at the Saint Louis Language Immersion Schools, developing an after school program for their French School. For the past 7 years, I have built a large Suzuki Studio in South County and more recently in Clayton, MO. This is my 5th year in the Clayton District, I am thrilled to work with you this year!!
    Teaching is my greatest passion and my daily goal is to inspire my students to dream big and to achieve their fullest potential.