Miss McAlester grew up in Denison, TX (about 2 and a half hours from McLoud!) and has a miniature schnauzer named Jovi. She has played the trumpet since the 6th grade and once she got into 7th grade she knew for sure she wanted to be a band director. Right after Miss McAlester graduated from high school she went to college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University
in Durant, OK. While there she served as section leader and drum major for The Spirit of Southeastern Marching Band as well as principal trumpet in Southeastern Symphonic Winds and Southeastern Jazz Ensemble.