"What a teacher is, is more important than what they teach."
- Karl Menninger
Love of Community
A second generation Angeleno, Leola Davis’s introduction to music came through playing piano for a neighbor’s church. She went on to serve as a teacher, reading resource specialist and school administrator for 38 years with Los Angeles Unified School District.
A Message From Leola's Daughter, Denise
My mother spent her working life as a teacher with Los Angeles Unified School District. She was as fiercely devoted to the young ones in her care as she was to her own children. Seeing her work hard through the years to ensure my brother and I had every advantage inspires me to do no less for her.
Since the aphasia limits her ability to make her preferences known, finding ways to enrich her life can be challenging. But her response when involved with Music Mends Minds is clear and unmistakable. Singing with the 5th Dementia band makes her face light up with smiles. While I welcome any therapeutic value that music may hold, I find the greatest value is in having a place where my mother can experience joy. I’m so thankful to have found Music Mends Minds. .
After decades of hard work and dedication to both his family and his real estate career, Bill was able to retire early. Not long after, he started to show signs of Alzheimer's, which caused great suffering for both him and his family. Though they had overcome many life challenges as a family before, the Alzheimer's diagnosis was terrifying, but they worked together through love to make the best of it.