Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Hillary Leverton
Hillary Leverton is a music specialist with one goal in mind: to inspire her students to excel and express themselves through music. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and has a Level II Certification in the Kodaly Method from the University of North Texas. Prior to teaching in Plano ISD, Hillary competed in the IMTA Vocal Competition in Los Angeles and received 1st place out of 1,000 vocalists. That experience led Hillary to teach private voice, acting, modeling and etiquette for students from 5 to 25 years of age. She has now been teaching Music in Plano ISD at Stinson Elementary since 2007.
Over the years, Hillary received a number of prestigious honors. She was recognized as Elite Educator of the Year (KRBC), Beginning Teacher of the Year and Experienced Teacher of the Year in Plano ISD. She was also awarded the National PTA Life Achievement Award at Stinson, as well as received the North Texas Children’s Choir Sue Bancroft Teacher of the Year Award for her "excellence in training young singers.” This honor also recognized the fact that Hillary has provided her students the opportunity each year to sing at the Meyerson. Hillary loves to teach her all-inclusive Stinson Star Choir of 110 students, and her NTCC Honor Choir.
Hillary has also been an advanced student of renowned vocal coach and tenor, David Houston, the founder of DallasVoiceCoach.com. This lead to her becoming a senior instructor of the Young Voices Program with the Dallas Voice Coach.com organization. In addition to all of this, for over two decades, Hillary has enjoyed singing lead vocals with several successful rock bands in DFW. These include the classic rock band “Slim Chance” as well as her being the “Alanis” in Ironic: The Alanis Morissette Experience. But above all, Hillary loves teaching music and working with children. Her colleagues have said, “We just adore Ms. Leverton! Her passion is contagious!”