Mountain West Conference Funds RMCA Teachers


RMCA students learn that “It’s all about that bass” xylophone.


The Mountain West Conference recently granted Rocky Mountain Classical Academy Teachers Mrs. Christina Tormollan (fourth grade) and Ms. Julie Seibert (elementary music) in a big way. Via Donor’s Choice, Mrs. Tormollan and Ms. Seibert received $1,500 to fund classroom needs.

Ms. Seibert’s proposal, entitled “We’re All About That Bass,” playfully drew on singer Meagan Trainor’s popular song, All About the Bass. Said Ms. Seibert of her $970 grant, “This is incredible. A New York teacher started Donor’s Choice in the year 2000. Teachers register their projects, and private donors fund them.” Added Seibert, “We’re just so thankful. We have 835 students in our elementary music classes. We needed a bass xylophone, particularly given the breadth of musical genres we study.”

While Seibert’s students hone their music, Mrs. Tormollan’s fourth grade now has the chance for one-on-one on-line mentorship. Tormollan strongly supports improving students’ oral and written communication skills, assigning the researching and writing of personal narrative books. “I named my proposal ‘Let the Stories Begin.’ Students have stories tell, and learning how to communicate those is a crucial skill and part of our core knowledge curriculum. Many students, though, lack internet access. If they can’t access information to corroborate their tales, their stories never begin. I needed a dedicated computer system and printer for them to use.”

Thanks to the Mountain West Conference and Donor’s Choice, these teachers’ students benefit. When asked whether they were excited, Tormollan’s students responded with a thunderous, “Yes!” Play the bass and begin the writing.