Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Ms. Monclova grew up attending San Jacinto JHS, where she learned her main instrument, the French Horn. During her high school career, she was an active member of the Midland High Bulldog Marching Band, Honor Band, Full Symphony.
After high school graduation, Ms. Monclova began attending Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Music in Tempe, Arizona. She became actively involved with the Sun Devil Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Psi, taught with the Phoenix Youth Symphony and performed professionally with the Greasepaint Youtheatre. Ms. Monclova graduated Cum Laude, December of 2014.
Starting off her passion of teaching, Ms. Monclova moved back home to substitute teach full time at MISD for a year and a half, holding many long-term substitute positions. In 2016, Ms. Monclova officially began her career as the Associate Director of Bands at San Jacinto, eventually ranking up to Head Director of Bands in 2019. She conducts both the Honor Band and Jazz Band and teaches all beginning brass classes.
Aside from teaching, Ms. Monclova has launched her own public website revolved around her music career that is constantly evolving. She enjoys spending time reading, watching horror movies, and visiting the shooting range as often as possible to perfect her aim and knowledge of firearms.
Ms. Monclova strives to ensure the best education and fundamentals possible for all students, and is beyond eager to get this year started on a good “note”!
Associate Director of Bands
Ms. Taylor grew up in Midland, Texas and went to San Jacinto Junior High under the direction of Carissa Hamilton and Sergio Tarin. She graduated from Midland High School in 2012 where she was an active member of the Bulldog Band serving as drum major in 2011. She was also a member of the Robotics Club with Mr. Callaway and advanced to the World Competition!
Ms Taylor graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Texas A&M University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. She studied saxophone under Donald Lefevre and James Barger and marched bass drum with the WTAMU Drumline in 2015. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, where she served as recording secretary, as well as Mortar Board, Alpha Chi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the National Leadership Society. In 2016, Ms. Taylor performed at the Texas Music Educator’s Association convention with the WTAMU Symphonic Band.
After college, Ms. Taylor began her career with Iraan-Sheffield ISD from 2016-2019 where she taught 3rd-4th grade general music and art, and 5th-12th grade band with Veronica Tagle. In 2016, the Big Red Band received their first Superior rating in marching since 2009. The Iraan Junior High band received Superior ratings at the Greenwood Festival in 2018 under the direction of Ms. Taylor.
In 2019, Ms. Taylor came back to San Jacinto to teach with her former drum major, Ms. Monclova. She conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches beginning woodwinds and percussion.
In her free time, Ms. Taylor enjoys playing video games, working out, and knitting. She cannot wait for another great year with the Mighty Mustang Band!