•             A little about myself.......
    I was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Having been raised in a family of musicians and teachers, it was inevitable that I probably end up in the arts at some point.  My father was a university professor of piano, my mother (retired), was Co-Principal cellist with the Nashville Symphony who also taught string lessons out of our home.  Needless to say, I was surrounded by music of all kinds and grew up with stimulating dinner table conversation.
    I came to Missouri to get my B.F.A. in Theatre at Stephens College.  
    After graduation, I moved back home and worked at Opryland USA in Nashville as a dresser for several of the park's musical theatre productions and also got some directing experience producing a couple of productions at the Wesley Foundation on the MTSU campus.
    Feeling the need to further my education with more intense concentration I decided to go back to school and got my M.F.A. in Theatre at Michigan State University (Go Green! Go White!).  Primarily a performer, I've also had opportunities in directing, continuing education coordination (Columbus, GA), and as an arts educator.
    In 2008, I moved back to Columbia, Missouri in the middle of a recession. I became a substitute teacher and begin to see the many needs of students in the CPS district.  This led me to pursuing an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Stephens College which I completed in 2013.  While a full-time position as a Speech & Theatre teacher came along first, the counseling part of that degree helps me every day in being a public school teacher.
    Theatre is my passion and has also taught me about collaboration, creativity, problem solving and communication - all 21st century skills sought after by most businesses and employers.  It also has taught me vocabulary, history, geography, psychology, and how to build and create things. I love it and I love passing on these lessons to my students.
    I am also a lifelong learner and love what the students teach me about today's world and the new challenges they face.  I continue to learn every day!



       Email: [abills@cpsk12.org]
       Phone: 573-214-3240