Kelly Desjardins returns to UNT in her first year as a Doctoral Conducting Associate. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from UNT and went on to pursue her Master of Arts Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis in Wind Conducting with Dr. Jack Stamp. Since then, she taught in both Denton and Frisco ISD middle schools as a Head Band Director. During her teaching career, she was nominated as “Teacher of the Year,” received the Commended Award from Mark of Excellence, commissioned new works from Bruce Yurko and David Shipps (UNT Alum), placed in the top 10 for the TMEA Full Orchestra contest (with 30 stings and 50 band members), received grants from TMEA/Denton ISD/Frisco ISD/PHMS PTO, and tripled the size of the band programs. Kelly is a member of the TMEA and excited to return to her alma mater to continue her love of learning.