Justin Streletz - Candidate for Member "At Large"
Justin's Personal Statement
PWLT’s mission statement uses the word “foster” in regards to involvement from the community. It doesn’t say change, direct, or even guide- it speaks to a community that who they are is enough and that PWLT will help foster a community through theatre where they are. If a person wants to learn about set building, producing, or music directing, PWLT provides opportunities for them to learn and grow. For example, with A Charlie Brown Christmas, it was Mr. Streletz’s first time Music Directing with PWLT. He believes having access to the arts (whether it is performing, behind-the-scenes, or attending) is vital for a community to prosper.
Through all of his different jobs and responsibilities, Mr. Streletz works with people of varying ages and abilities. There could be days where he is preventing a 1st grader to not have a meltdown in class and end the same day playing voice parts for a choir with members primarily 60 and older. Being able to read a room, create a game plan, and then adapt that very same plan in the moment shows his strength to accommodate and differentiate when needed. Mr. Streletz also works with the Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports committee at his school. He has mentored students struggling behaviorally, helped implement tiered systems to engage and educate staff members on the importance of social-emotional learning in the classroom, and has even played piano in the front lobby of the school while students are entering for the day. He believes that through community and the arts we can grow to be better performers and people.
Justin Streletz is a 6th year Music Teacher at Little River Elementary School in Loudoun County Public Schools. Before joining LCPS, he taught Music at Featherstone Elementary School in Prince William County. He is also the Pianist and Organist at First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City in Woodbridge, Virginia. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2015, Mr. Streletz attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania to major in Music Education with a focus in Piano. Over the past 15 years, he has played piano for over 20 musicals, ranging from high school to community theatre productions. Mr. Streletz first got involved with PWLT in the 2017 production of Oklahoma!, where he played piano. He then went on be an Assistant Music Director and Pianist in PWLT’s 2018 production of 9 to 5. Recently, he was the Music Director and Pianist for PWLT’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas in December 2019.