The Wolfe Elementary community recently celebrated the retirement of long-time music teacher Debbie Vaello. Ms. Vaello celebrated 36 years of service with the district, and many honors and awards throughout her career.
The retirement celebration included a medley of songs from the Katy ISD Elementary Music Ensemble, performances by the Wolfe Choir and 5th Grade Wolfe Star Dancers, and reflections on Ms. Vaello’s career by current and former students. The event also included presentations of her many accomplishments by the staff at Wolfe Elementary.
Ms. Vaello’s awards include Wolfe Teacher of the Year in 1994-95, writing lyrics for Wolfe Elementary birthday celebrations, directing numerous musicals, and being involved in preparation for visits and interviews when Wolfe Elementary was named a Blue Ribbon School in 1998.
“When I began teaching in Katy ISD in 1977, there were only four elementary schools. Although the district has grown tremendously, I feel it has maintained the caring atmosphere of a small-town school district,” says Vaello. “Katy ISD has always supported the fine arts, and I’m fortunate to have taught music in one of the best districts for music education in the nation.”
Many of Ms. Vaello’s former students have continued to pursue music after elementary school by performing in bands in the Houston area, becoming music teachers, and being selected as members of the Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA) All-State Choir.