Special Subject Teachers
This is Mr. West’s first year teaching art in Central Bucks School District, but it is his 6th year teaching art overall. He is coming from Quakertown School District where he taught 1 year of high school art and 4 years of elementary art. Before teaching, Mr. West received his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Kutztown University in 2009, and he is currently finishing up his final class with Cabrini College to earn a Master’s of Education. In his spare time, Mr. West loves doing things outside like going to the beach, hiking, and going to amusement parks. He also spends a lot of time making jewelry. In fact, Mr. West has worked professionally in the jewelry industry as a bench jeweler in order to constantly improve his art creation skills in the area of metalsmithing.
Mrs. Kraus started here at Buckingham during the 2012-2013 school year as Miss Dunn. She got married in November of that year and confused the students even more by changing her name after getting to know them for two months! Mrs. Kraus grew up in Warrington, attending Barclay Elementary, Tamanend Middle School, and finished her CB student experience at CB East HS. She attended Bloomsburg University for her undergraduate degree in elementary education. Mrs. Kraus started her career at Titus Elementary School teaching both first and fourth grade. While teaching, she obtained two Masters degrees, one being Library Science. After 7 wonderful years at Titus, she was excited to move into the librarian role at Buckingham. When Mrs. Kraus is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her sons, and husband Steve. You can also find her reading a book!!!
Mr. Weir has been teaching in Central Bucks for 28 years. This year he is teaching General Music at Buckingham Elementary School on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at Kutz Elementary School on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as directing the Buckingham Chorus and musical. He has also taught Band and Strings at several other Central Bucks schools, as well as serving as the Band Director at C.B. West for six years. As a student he attended Butler Elementary, Unami Junior High School and Central Bucks West High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Gettysburg College, and has taken many graduate music courses at area universities. He especially enjoys performing on stage in area community and regional theaters, and enjoying his antique automobiles.
MUSIC - Instrumental Band
Mr. Branchfield received his Bachelor’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and also holds Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. In addition to working as an elementary instrumental music teacher for the Central Bucks School District, Mr. Branchfield is also an active composer and arranger in the Philadelphia area. With over twenty years of experience, he has arranged and composed music for groups throughout the country. As a member of the American Society of Composers Arrangers and Publishers (ASCAP), his works have been published by Grand Messa Music Corporation as well as Ludwig Music Masters and distributed worldwide. His works have been performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association state conference. Many of his educational works have been added to prescribed festival and curriculum lists in many states including Texas, Ohio, Louisiana, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Recently, renowned music distributor JW Pepper honored Mr. Branchfield with a second Editor’s Choice Award for his piece The Force of Fire which was first performed by the students Buckingham.
MUSIC - Instrumental Orchestra
Miss Vuocolo grew up in Central Bucks and later attended Elon University in North Carolina, earning a degree in K-12 Music Education with a Spanish minor. She enjoys singing and playing instruments as well as art and writing. Being in music programs has allowed her to travel all over the world, including Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Ecuador! She is new to teaching in CB after working for two years as a middle school orchestra teacher in Las Vegas. She is so excited to be a part of Buckingham Elementary.
Ms. Sarah Rotella