Louise Troxell is a former certified elementary school teacher who is very adept at children-focused ukulele education. She recently compiled an instruction/songbook for the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective and has started a "kids jam" session to run during the bi-monthly meetings. She has many years' experience working with children and youth, not only as a teacher, but also in leadership positions in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Civil Air Patrol and in churches. Her love of music is not limited to the ukulele. She also plays the recorder and the guitar as has been a member of school, church and community choirs for over 20 years. She fully understands that learning to play a musical instrument produces a sense of accomplishment, improves coordination and memory, and enhances math skills. The ukulele has the added benefit of improving one's mood - you can't be sad when playing such a happy instrument.