Ed.D. K-12 Educational Leadership – Grand Canyon University (Expected 2020)
M. Ed. Elementary Education – National University
A.B. Music – The Canisius College of Buffalo
Certificate of Theology – The University of Notre Dame
Western New York Native William Paul Freeman joined the Clark County School District in August 2015 as a Guest Teacher. In November 2015, Freeman joined the Gragson team as a 5th grade teacher. Mr. Freeman seeks to find each child’s intrinsic gifts and develop those gifts throughout the course of the year.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mr. Freeman comes from a long line of educators. His grandfather was a member of the New York State Board of Regents as well as a university professor. His mother was a high school biology and health teacher while his father, a finance professional, served as a member and president of the Williamsville Central School District’s Board of Education for over a decade.
Mr. Freeman is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. He holds an undergraduate degree in music and business from The Canisius College of Buffalo. Freeman also holds a Certificate of Catholic Theology in Liturgy and Music from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana). He holds a Masters of Education in Elementary Education at National University, graduating with highest academic honors (San Diego, California). Freeman has completed undergraduate and graduate music education study at George Mason University (Fairfax County, Virginia) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Freeman has also completed rigorous orchestral and operatic conducting studies at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York).
In addition to his duties as a general education teacher, Freeman is the Director of Music at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. At St. Anthony’s, Mr. Freeman supervises a music staff of over seventy-five professional, student, and amateur musicians. A passionate music educator, Freeman maintains a private studio of piano, organ, voice, and conducting students.
As a professional musician, William has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. In 2012, Mr. Freeman participated in an international broadcast on NPR of Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Chautauqua Institute Orchestra live from the grounds on the internationally acclaimed Chautauqua Institution. Mr. Freeman has performed with JoAnn Falletta, Robert Duerr, Yoav Talmi, Mikhail Svetlov, Mary Wilson, Robert Breault, Timothy Jones, Doug LeBreque, Anne Runolsson, Virginia Woodruff, and Rob Evan.
Freeman has served as music director, conductor, and vocal coach for various community Broadway music productions. He made his musical theatre conducting debut in Steven Sondheim’s musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
An accomplished organist, Freeman studied organ with Roland E. Martin and won the 2011 Msgr. Henry Kawalec Organ Competition. Mr. Freeman has performed nationally as an organist and conductor.
Mr. Freeman currently serves on the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists board of directors. His professional affiliations also include: National Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organists, American Choral Directors’ Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
Prior to becoming a teacher in the Clark County School District, Mr. Freeman worked for the Boy Scouts of America as a fundraising and recruitment executive, two-way radio industry, and as a freelance musician. Freeman has also worked in the United States Senate for Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Senate Majority Leader, Senator Charles E. Schumer. During his time in Washington, he was a certified United States Capitol Building tour guide.
Freeman currently lives in Las Vegas with his cocker spaniel, Peanut. Outside of music and teaching, Mr. Freeman enjoys video games, amateur radio, and running.
In October 2016, Mr. Freeman’s work as an educator, musician, and non-profit executive was featured in The Buffalo News. Please click here to read that article.