Mary Winkler, born in Illinois and moved to the great state of Texas prior to starting 3rd grade. Started playing violin in the Arlington School District and graduated from Arlington High School in 1999. Mrs. Winkler attended Northwestern State University and earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education in the Spring of 2003.
Mrs. Winkler began her teaching career in August of 2003 as the assistant director at Ted Polk Middle School. In June of 2007, Mrs. Winkler accepted the Head Director position at Vivian Field Middle School. The orchestra’s from Vivian Field Middle School achieved numerous Superior ratings at both Peak Music Festivals and UIL Concert and Sightreading Contests. The program grew under Mrs. Winkler’s direction from 105 orchestra members to 230 members. In May of 2012, Mrs. Winkler became the Head Orchestra Director at Pioneer Heritage Middle School in Frisco, TX. The program received numerous Superior ratings for all performing orchestra’s at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest and Peak Music Festival. The Full Orchestra at Pioneer Heritage placed 9th in the TMEA Honor Full Orchestra Contest.
Mrs. Winkler is very excited to be a part of the Lovejoy Orchestra. While not at work, she enjoy’s spending time with her family. Her husband, Ray Winkler, is the principal at Sloan Creek Intermediate School and they have 3 kids: Brandon, Leo and Genevieve.