The very lyrical Natalie Krupansky

Natalie Krupansky is a music teacher at McNabb Elementary and a first-time mom to her soon-to-be-two-year-old Tate. When she’s not at McNabb teaching our youth, she’s teaching aspiring high school talent how to use their voice. She loves her coffee hot, but her surrounding temperature cold. iMeet this talented, multi-tasking teacher and mom.

Welcome to iMeet, Natalie…we’re excited to introduce you to our iList crowd this week…

I'm originally from Paducah..I graduated from PTHS in 1998. After high school, I attended Murray State where I received a undergrad and Masters in Music Education. 

Then I went to University of Kentucky for another Masters in Music - this time in Vocal Performance. That was 11 years of college! My parents both taught/worked at WKCTC for 30 years, so I've always been used to the idea of higher education. 

We hear you have a beautiful young son…tell us more…

I have a son, Tate, who is 20 months old. I also have a brother, Evan, who is a year and a half younger than I am. I have two cats, a Great Pyrenees named Sasha, and a couple of chickens!

Tell us about Tate…

I became a first time mom at age 37 and it is great! He is such a happy child. I drag him everywhere - from voice lessons to school. He has a large ‘tribe’ who claim him as their own. 

We went on a 2000 mile road trip this summer to upstate New York and back. He was such a trooper! He is a much happier person than I've ever been and the effect he has on me is mind-blowing.

Tell us about what you do for a living... 

I teach music at McNabb Elementary.  I absolutely love my students and my job. It's the perfect combination of students, institution, colleagues and administration. 

I also direct music at Arcadia Methodist Church. At night and on the weekend I teach private voice lessons to high school students that are preparing for college auditions or Governors School for the Arts auditions. I've had seven students accepted to GSA and every year I have a students attending college on vocal music scholarships. 

I heard you used to sing opera...tell us about that... 

I did sing opera, but not the leading lady roles. I was a character mezzo - which means I was cast in comic roles. After UK I was a studio artist for Kentucky Opera which is based out of Louisville. Following that contract I taught high school at Hopkinsville High School before returning to Paducah.

Do you still sing?

My singing engagements are now focused on sacred work productions such as Christmas seasonal performance of the Messiah or wedding events. Of course I was also in the Market House Theatre's production of Les Miserables. I was the always jubilant and overjoyed Inn-Keeper's wife (sarcastically described for those not familiar).

What's the best part of your job? What is the hardest?

The best part of any teaching job is not when a student, who always excels, experiences success.  It's when a student, who frequently struggles, experiences a small victory. When that student realizes that change is possible, and that they can be affective - that's the best part. 

The hardest part is when you see a student who has given up or believes what over people say over their own desires.

What is your favorite meal of all time?

My favorite meal of all time is a magical meal that leaves me satisfied and 20 pounds lighter!

What do you like to do in your free time? 

In my free time I'm usually trying to figure out what obligation I've forgotten. 

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream and why is it?

Coffee - closest thing to drinking it.

Tell me three unique things about yourself...

  1. I was the mascot at Tilghman all four years
  2. I was a serious soccer player before singing. My dad started the team at Tilghman. I was first team All-State and as of a couple of years ago, I held the record for most goals scored in one season.  I may still have it, not sure.
  3. I love 90's hip-hop. 

Would you rather be cold or hot?

Cold - You can always add more clothes if you're cold. But you can only take off so many if you're hot. 

Ok, thanks for chilling on iList this week, Natalie, and good luck with those voice students!