About the Instructors/Admin

Ms. Davidson-Stanfill
Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction.  She has been teaching for 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction.  Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program in the Rock Canyon feeder area nine years ago, in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue.  Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder areas eight years ago, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded into the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista three years ago, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2016, and now extends to Orchestra in the Legend Feeder.  She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to work in the Legend feeder area this year.  Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.


Ms. Mayes
Colorado native Alison Mayes is the founding Orchestra Director at Parker Performing Arts School.  Previously, she served as Orchestra Director at Grandview High School in the Cherry Creek District, where the enrollment of string students more than tripled during her tenure.  Ms. Mayes earned the degree Master of Music Education (Musicology and Music Technology Cognates) from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2016.  She sits on the Executive Board of the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, Colorado ASTA, as President-Elect.
Ms. Mayes is Director of Camp Con Brio, String Camp of the Rockies.  The Camp is held each Summer in Divide, Colorado.  She also served as Chair for the Colorado High School All State Orchestra, and was the Music Director for the Longmont Youth Symphony String Ensemble for two seasons.
Under her baton, the Grandview High School Orchestra performed at the American String Teachers Association National Conference in March 2015, and received the award of Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2015 from Colorado ASTA.

Ms. Merrill
As a preschooler, Ms. Merrill was introduced to her first instrumental love, the ukulele.  She fell in love with the violin at age 9 and went on to also study piano, voice, guitar and cello.  With a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Music, Ms. Merrill brings a unique perspective to her orchestra teaching.  She taught 15 years as a 5th Grade Teacher, wheree she frequently incorporated instruments into her class, while also helping the music teacher with elementary orchestra.  Ten years ago, when the opportunity came to take over as General Music Teacher, K-5, as well as Orchestra and Choir Director at Frontier Valley Elementary, she jumped at the chance...and hasn't looked back.  She continues to proclaim that children are the smartest people she knows and that there is nowhere she'd rather work all day than in a building full of kids.  Ms. Merrill is thrilled to join the LEIM team this year!

When not making music with her students, Ms. Merrill finds joy in reading and learning, church activities, creative endeavors, and being outdoors to hike, bike, and soak up the beauty - especially in the company of her husband, 2 daughters, and their families!

Ms. Petersen
Ms. Petersen is excited about being a part of the LEIM program.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's Degree in Creative Arts in Education from Lesley University.  She has taught private violin, viola and cello lessons for thirty years, and has been at Northeast and Mountain View Elementary Schools for the past 23 years, teaching General Music, Orchestra and Choir.  Her passion is the viola and playing in the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

When not working with wonderful students, Ms. Petersen loves to spend time in the mountains and traveling with her husband, 24-year old daughter and 20-year old son.


Mr. Stroman

Ms. Watkins
Ms. Watkins graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Music Education, and received Suzuki training from the University of Denver in violin, viola and piano.  She taught Orchestra in the Douglas County School District's Elementary program from 1998-2009.  She has been teaching in the Legend feeder area since 2011, and has also taught in the Douglas County HS area in the DC Downbeat program.

Ms Watkins was the State President of the American String Teacher Association from 2010-12.  

Ms. Watkins believes all students can succeed - they just need to be shown how.  Playing an instrument will also help students learn how to succeed in other subjects.  "Music is a life-long journey of enjoyment for the rest of our lives."
303-898-6295 (texts okay too)