Michael Blackburn, Handbells

Mr. Blackburn, or Mr. B as the students call him, teaches Handbells to students in grades 7-9. He was an original member of Ring of Fire, TVA's world-renowned handbell choir, and has returned to teach bells at the school to give current students the chance to learn to play handbells like Ring of Fire did. 

Mr. B has a Masters of Architecture with an emphasis in Urban Design from Andrews University. He has also been a freelance designer, doing videography, photography and graphic design. He renovates houses in his free time. Though not the typical background for a teacher, his experience brings a wealth of knowledge to TVA, and we are glad he is part of the TVA team!

Fun Facts About Mr. B:

Bucket list item: Get my pilot's license
Proudest accomplishment: Being a dad
Snack of choice: Chips and Salsa
Qualities I most admire about others: Organization, Persistence
One thing I hope to achieve in my lifetime: Build my own house
When I was a kid, I thought I would be an: Astronaut
In my free time, I like to: Watch Blender tutorials on YouTube
Favorite place I've ever travelled: Sienna, Italy
Sport I love: Racquetball
This store has a lot of my money: Home Depot
My at bat song would be: Fanfare for the Common Man
If calories didn't count, I would eat: Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Best movie ever was: The Martian