Melissa Claeys has been teaching for 21 years, and has been the Orchestra Director at Boltz Middle School since 2014. Prior to this position, her career has spanned all three levels of instrumental music. She has directed groups at the elementary, middle school and high school level. At all levels, her groups have a history of receiving Superior ratings at festivals and achieving prestigious honors and championship awards at both the State and National level. Mrs. Claeys received her Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degrees from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO in 2003. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Educator of the Year Award in Music. In 2008 she received a Master’s Degree in Integrated Arts Education from the University of Montana. Earning this degree allowed her to become more educated in other passions of hers as a performing arts educator which includes dance, drama and music collectively.
Not only is Mrs. Claeys a music teacher, but she is a dance instructor as well, currently teaching one of the few middle school dance programs in Poudre School District. Currently, she is also the choreographer for the Boltz Middle School Musical Theater program.
Aside from teaching music, Melissa Claeys’ other passions revolve around being a wife to her husband Jason, and mom to her three children, Emmalene (10), Annaliese (7) and Remington (4). As a family, they enjoy spending time outside on their boat up at Horsetooth Reservoir, scuba diving and just living life to the fullest—together.
My goal is to help students master their craft, whether it is learning how to play an orchestra instrument or learning a dance routine/technique. I try to do this in an environment that is fun and engaging. I ask that all my students come to class with a positive attitude and an open mind for learning.
- 6th,7th & 8th Grade Orchestra
- 7th & 8th Grade Dance
- Chamber Orchestra
- Musical Theater Assistant Teacher & Choreographer