MODESTO- She visits five schools a week, hundreds of students each year and despite a rigorous schedule, Silver Lamb's passion for music only gets stronger.
The Farmington native picked up a clarinet at 10 years old and from that moment on, she was hooked. The notes came naturally for Lamb. Not long after she expanded her talents to include the flutes, then the woodwinds.
Before teaching in the Sylvan Union School District, Lamb admits the road to the classroom was long, but well worth it.
"I was on the 8 year plan. I could have been a physician, " said the energetic, elementary school teacher.
Watching her students overcome their fear of the unknown is what drives her, but after teaching for so many years Lamb feels there is more to it.
"Its not the music, it's the sense of community and the feeling when people perform," she said.
Her dedication hasn't gone unnoticed. Her 5th grade students are amazed at how much they've learned in such a short time and credit their teacher for their success
"After working very hard at school we get to come here and play violin, learn new songs. It's just really fun," Brianna Savage explained.
State budget cuts have taken a toll on music programs across the state, but despite the uncertainty and limited resources, Lamb is proud that so many of her students have embraced music and such a young age.
"I have about 65 to 70 percent of the 5th graders in our district taking instrument."
Lamb's enthusiasm and high energy approach has her students eager to continue their journey. At the end of each year their practice is put to the test as they perform in front of loved ones.
"When they clap for you, just feel it, have that moment," Lamb reminded her students.
These are the very lessons her students say they will never forget.
"Even if you think something is really hard you just have to keep trying," said 5th grader, Juliana Presto.
Good advice, Lamb is happy to give.
"I love my job, love it, love it , love it."