General Ed Music Teacher, Cara Chaapel, Recognized by FCPS Cares

May 09, 2023

Cara Chaapel, Herndon ES 

"Cara Chaapel has been teaching for twenty six years. Twenty of these years have been at Herndon Elementary School. She has a wealth of information for the field of General Music. She has been and continues to be incredibly helpful by generously providing many resources and sharing great lesson ideas. I've been able to use some of these for Guest Teacher plans for my school's General Music Guest Teachers as well as use some myself. She is dedicated to her profession and to her students at Herndon Elementary School. She kindly donates apparel to students in need. She incorporates Speech and Reading into her General Music lessons. She assists Spanish speaking students. She recently applied for, and received an FGMEA mini-grant for purchasing "sensory" instruments for her school's EAC classes. She also recently applied for, and received ukuleles for her school, from "Music for Life".  She is also taking a post-graduate Special Education class. In addition to all of this, she is a wonderful single parent. She is also a great friend! Thank you for all you do Cara Chaapel!!!!!"

- Suzan Mardis, Hutchison ES

This information is posted on the May 2023 FCPS CARES webpage accessible at