Alexis McLaughlin is the music teacher at Cannan Elementary. She spends the day teaching her students how to recognize rhythm, make music, and find the courage to pursue their dreams. On evenings and weekends, she performs at local establishments. And sometimes, in her spare time, she auditions on The Voice! Alexis will be featured on the premiere of Season 22 beginning Monday, Sept. 19 at 8/7 central on NBC and streaming on Peacock.
Her love of music began at the age of ten when she started playing guitar. Soon after, she was writing songs. As a Willis High School student, she studied singing under then-choir director Ken Labonski. After graduating from Willis High School in 2015, she studied at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She began her teaching career in Waco, Texas but shortly came back to her hometown of Willis and continued her career as a third-grade teacher at Lagway Elementary in 2021. After spending some time this summer in California filming for The Voice, she came back to Willis to continue teaching, this year at Cannan Elementary.
“We have great programs in place in this district and I am blessed to be a part of it,” said McLaughlin. “Ken Labonski passed on the torch to kids like me. And I realized that the torch was not mine to hold onto, it is mine to pass on. Ultimately, I want parents and students to know that you can do anything if you work hard and go for it. There are no limits and I hope this is a testimony for these kiddos. Though I loved every moment of that experience, there truly is no place I'd rather be than teaching the kiddos at Cannan about this art and sharing my passion with them! I feel blessed to pass on such an honorable torch!”
Catch Alexis during the premiere of The Voice Monday, Sept. 19 at 8/7 central on NBC, or streaming on Peacock.