Apple – LHS instructor strikes a chord with college students
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – As soon as a Hyperlink, all the time a Hyperlink for Jill Oetken. For greater than 10 years, this Lincoln Excessive alum, now band director is making music and touching lives.
And now this instructor, will get a much-deserved award, acknowledged by one in every of her 2020 graduates.
Jill Oetken as soon as marched down Beechner Subject as a scholar, however this percussionist is now marching to her personal beat, as a Lincoln Excessive Band director.
“I know and love this building and this community, and I really wanted to come back here and make a difference, kind of on the other side of the coin as a teacher,” Oetken mentioned.
That keenness for instructing and music is clear in her college students. That is what 2020 graduate and Cornhusker Marching Band member, Jayden Hood, wrote in his Golden Apple nomination: “Jill Oetken must be the Golden Apple of the month as a result of she is FOR REAL, the very best instructor ever. She’s like a second mother to me.”
“As music teachers, I think we really have it good in that we get to see students grow over many years,” Oetken mentioned.
“In the case of Jayden and a lot of his peers, we see them grow over four years, and that’s really exciting to see them grow and develop as young people.”
Ms. O, as the scholars name her, has been instrumental in beginning new applications for the Hyperlinks, like piano and world music drumming lessons. Brett Noser is the Lincoln Excessive Music Division Chair. Noser mentioned, “Jill went and learned about different styles of African drumming, and the drums are actually from Africa. And the way that it’s taught is completely from rote. There are no notes on a page because a vast majority of the world doesn’t learn by notation.”
And Ms. O places in a lot of hours to assist create lifelong reminiscences for her college students and for the neighborhood. Hyperlinks band members have performed for the Veterans Stroll and take part in a vacation tour, acting at numerous venues round Lincoln, just like the Cornhusker Lodge and the State Capitol.
“As a staff, we know that there are long hours, but we know that a lot of what we do benefits the students and the opportunities they have,” Oetken mentioned. “So, I think as a staff that’s something that’s been important to us.”
And from this yr’s spring break journey to Hawaii, to now directing the marching band throughout a pandemic, Jill Oetken is taking all of it in stride. And being grateful for her spot on the sphere.
“This is just some really good recognition when we’re all kind of struggling,” Noser mentioned. “We’re not at our best teaching moments this year, and I think coming from Jayden, from the view of when he was in high school…Those we’re some good times when we were really effective. We’re making it work and trying our best.”
And if you recognize a instructor who you assume must be acknowledged for a 10/11 Golden Apple Award like Jill Oetken, nominate them right here.
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