Amy Nooden is in her 2nd year with the Desert Edge community. She spent her first year in Arizona teaching and advocating for the arts at the Avondale Elementary School District. Mrs. Nooden previously taught at Wheaton North High School in Illinois and built a large choral program that participated in performances at Lincoln Center (New York) and performed master works during the spring. Although teaching classical choral singing and music theory is her passion, she spent many years as a performer in various bands and as a pianist for community musicals and various rehearsal settings. Mrs. Nooden holds a Masters Degree in Music from Northern Illinois University and a Masters Degree from Aurora University in Educational Leadership.