As a music therapist, Ms. Newman works with children who have autism and other challenges to accomplish non-musical goals, such as better interaction and speech, through music.
“I love music and working with kids. It was always going to be music or medicine and I kind of combined the two,” she says.
Ms. Newman enjoys living in a small community and being able to walk down Warrenton’s Main Street, something she was not accustomed to growing up in a military family, always moving.
“People are really nice around here. There are still Christmas parades here where my choir kids can sing.”
Music teacher at Brumfield Elementary since 2012; she previously taught in Greene and Henrico counties. She also has taught piano and music therapy at Drum & Strum Music Center in Old Town Warrenton for seven months.
• Why do you do the job?
I’ve always wanted to do something with music. I started taking piano and flute in fourth grade. I love music and working with kids. It was always going to be music or medicine, and I kind of combined the two.
Mother, Donna; two brothers, James Pumphrey and Greg Pumphrey; grandmother, Jean Gambill.
Salem County Vocational Technical School in New Jersey, 1999. Bachelor of arts from Mars Hill University in North Carolina, 2003. Master’s in music therapy from Radford University, 2008. Board certified in music therapy for five years.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
• Why do you live here?
I like being in a small town but being close to really big cities. You can go see a show somewhere. There are still Christmas parades here where my choir kids can sing.
• How do you describe this county?
People are really nice around here. I have friendly neighbors, and people will help you out.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
• What do you do for fun?
Play music, write poetry and lyrics, and make jewelry.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Being able to walk around Old Town Warrenton with all the brick sidewalks.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think it will probably be more built up.
• Favorite TV show?
• Favorite movie?
“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy
• Favorite book?
Barbara Hambly and J.R.R. Tolkien are my favorite authors.
• Favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere with water. A lake or ocean, it doesn’t matter.
• Favorite food?
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
If something is not working, find another way — from my mother.
• Who’s your hero and why?
My mother because she raised my twin brothers and me when we were moving around as a military family. Then my parents got divorced and she supported our family on a teacher’s salary and made sure I could go to my music lessons.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Pay off my student loans, invest some of it and take a trip to Europe.
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