P3 #116 Raina Krangle

By Noa Daniel

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Raina is a mom, educator, children’s performer and folk/roots singer-songwriter. For 16 years she has been a Primary educator with YRDSB, both as a homeroom and music teacher. TRIBES trained, with Reading and PhysEd Specialists, she also has a keen understanding of children’s mental health and special needs, having raised a son with Tourettes’ & ADHD. Raina uses co-operative learning, music, singing and her sticker-covered guitar, to impassion her students, (largely ELL learners), bring out their unique personalities, teach language and other subjects. In YRDSB, she’s participated in the “Music & Literacy Project”, which brought her class to the Markham Theatre where they performed their original song on “Empathy”, as part of the boards’ initiative on “Character Matters.” For over 15 years, Raina has also had her own business entertaining kids at music groups, daycares, private birthday parties and festivals like “Telling Tales”, “Cosmo Music Fest” & Richmond Hills’ “Canada Day” & “Taste of the Hill.”

Raina taught her Grade 1 class one of her favourite songs by Canadian music icon’s Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi” and entered them in the “CBC Music Challenge, where they came in the TOP 10 out of thousands of Canada-wide submissions. Raina’s voice is often heard throughout her school singing “O’Canada” on the school PA, every time there are “technical difficulties.”

She has inspired many students over the years to be creatives themselves and they have later reached out as graduates to tell her how much they were inspired, loved and remembered singing and learning in her classes. Growing up in a musical family herself, Raina become a musician and songwriter at a young age, playing guitar, piano and harmonica and has successfully merged her passion for music with her passion for teaching. Raina has released 1 kids CD, 1 folk/roots CD, 3 singles and is currently working on her next CD and artistic journal book- “Headbangers- A Musical Recovery of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” planned for summer 2021.