Gretchen Byer is an elementary music teacher at Lewis & Clark Elementary in Fargo, ND. Gretchen received her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She has received her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a Kodály Emphasis from Minnesota State University Moorhead. In addition, Gretchen has completed three levels of Orff training from North Dakota State University. Her approach to teaching music is a combination of literacy and instruments, with emphasis on children exploring through play. Gretchen is a resident ENVoY coach for Lewis and Clark, and focuses on using non-verbal strategies to reinforce classroom management. She is also a member of Northern Plains Kodály Chapter, and helps present professional development workshops for those who attend the chapter sessions. In her spare time, Gretchen loves to sing, read, and take yoga classes.