When Maria Dripps-Paulson was in junior high, she decided she wanted to be a band teacher when she grew up. Guess what? She became a band teacher.
Dripps-Paulson taught band for 15 years in cities including Edwardsville, Plano and then at Kaneland High School. After having triplet daughters four years ago (she also has an older son who has autism), she decided to take a break from teaching.
She is now the executive director of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, which offers affordable ways to experience the arts throughout the year.
The centerpiece of the festival is a full day of free performance and demonstrations by musicians and artists held in the spring and open to the general public. The 12th annual version of the event (also called the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival) is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, at Kaneland High School in Maple Park.
You can find a full schedule of the day’s events by clicking here. We’ll be telling you more about the event next week, but highlights include performances by School House Rock Live, the State Street Dance Studio, the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus and AMEBA Acrobatic & Aerial Dance, in which the ensemble uses suspended equipment such as scarves and swings. There will also be demonstrations in painting and caricatures as well as a special section reserved for infants through children age 4. Did I mention it’s all free?
But today the focus is on Dripps-Paulson, 38, who lives with her husband Tim, 8-year-old son Philip and 4-year-old daughters Clara, Zoe and Naomi in Sugar Grove. Read on to find out why this Oswego High School graduate – who has two master’s degrees – is a Go West Mom You Should Know.