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Paddy D. Braunstein

Paddy Braunstein graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College with her B.A. in psychology. A lifelong musician, she first taught music at JRDS from 1996-2003. She took leave to tour professionally as a backup singer for a national act and later joined
the award-winning songwriting organization, Kid Pan Alley, writing over 300 songs with more than 7,500 children nationwide. She was an adjunct instructor of guitar/songwriting at Sweet Briar College for several years and continues to teach private piano, voice, and guitar in her home in Danville, VA.

Mrs. Braunstein returned to James River in 2012. She loves directing the two choirs, 3rd/4th Grade Chorus and Middle School Choir,as well as 3rd and 4th grade musical theater. She believes strongly in empowering children to find their individual voice and express their creative imaginations. She doesn’t even mind the commute from Danville, “it gives me time to be grateful for this incredible school
community and a chance to visit my family and friends in Lynchburg!”

When not teaching, Paddy most enjoys time at the lake with her husband Glenn, their five young grandchildren, and extended family. “No matter what we’re doing--swimming, fishing, kayaking, having a picnic with stuffed animals--we’re always singing a song. I have a great life and feel incredibly blessed.”