Bernice Stanley graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995 from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and in 2009 with a Master of Arts in Music Education. She completed her Orff Level I Certification from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 2000 and her Kindermusic I and II Certification in 1999.
Mrs. Stanley started teaching (part time) in the Augusta School system in 2011, accepting a full time position in 2013. Her teaching experience includes thirteen years at the Bristol Consolidated School, three years at the Jefferson Village School, and two years at the Somerville Elementary School, Warren Primary School and the Prescott Elementary School. She has directed the Penobscot Bay Ringers and has participated in the Teacher Exchange Program to International Estonia where she was instrumental in beginning a handbell program. She is presently the music director at the Cox Memorial Methodist Church in Hallowell, Maine.
Her musical experience includes work with the Southern Maine’s Children’s Choir, the Augusta Symphony Chamber Singers and Adult Chorus, Circle the State Festivals, the Parish Ringers of Brunswick, Maine under the direction of Ray Cornils, host and manager of the Atterbury Festival, manager of the Sixth Grade Honors Festival for MMEA District III, conference teacher and conductor for the Maine Spring Ring, State Chair and Education Liaison for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, the AOS 93 Concerts, presenter at the Maine Music Educators Association Conferences, and writing for the Portland Symphony Orchestra Children’s program.
Mrs. Stanley has attended classes to enhance early literacy skills through the use of music, to create and assess music through the Orff-Shulwerk process, handbell composition at the Concordia University in Wisconsin with John Benhke, choral magic with John Jacobson, teaching guitar with Nancy Marsters and Singing with assessment in mind with Cici Hunt.
In her “free” time, Mrs. Stanley enjoys sewing, quilting, and knitting.