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Long Time Orchestra Teacher Retiring

Harrison McDowell, News

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The long time orchestra teacher, Mrs. Haghighi, is retiring. She has been the Director of Orchestras at Mendenhall Middle as well as Page High for 27 years. She has been one of the main people who has helped grow the Page music department, and her retiring will impact more than just her students. It came as a shock to many.

Many of her students have had her as a teacher for 6 or more years, she has helped many of her students from the time that they started playing their instruments. Octavia Rolle, a junior at Page explains that Mrs. Haghighi “leaving will have a huge impact on the music department because she has led the orchestra program for so many years… she basically built (the program).” “Mrs. Haghighi has taught me everything to do with cello: reading notes, hand position, scales, etc.” said Octavia.

Another student, sophomore, Gabe Toploi, has been in orchestra since seventh grade. He says that Mrs. Haghighi is like an “in school mom,” she is “always checking up on her students and making sure that everyone is okay.” Gabe explains that Mrs. Haghighi is supportive to all of her students as well, so her leaving is a shock to all of her students and that the end of the year will be emotional.

To end her teaching career, Mrs. Haghighi is putting on a final concert. During this final concert, many of her past students came to congratulate her on her outstanding teaching career. During the concert, she asked her Page orchestra alumni to stand. After she retires at the end of the school year, Mrs. Haghighi plans to spend time with family and re-open her private studio.


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