JAMM's team-teaching model is practiced both in-school and after-school for a reason: it encourages creativity, builds community among teachers, and ensures accountability. JAMM classrooms pair a certified teacher with a community artists. Each provides a different strength while learning from one another. This model serves as embedded professional development and models to our students the importance of collaboration.
JAMM AFTER-SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS Juneau School District Instructors
Susie Denton (Movement) is the P.E. teacher at Glacier Valley. Ms. Denton has a BSEd and certificates in K-8 special education and physical education. Ms. Denton enjoys integrating reading skills and math concepts through movement and offers dance and creative movement classes in JAMM.
Adam Ferguson (Ukulele) is a 5th grade teacher at Glacier Valley. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from UAS and team teaches ukulele and movement in JAMM.
Lorrie Heagy (Strings) is the music teacher at Glacier Valley received the Yale School of Music Distinguished Music Educator award and returns as one of ten Abreu Fellows to bring the very successful El Sistema program to the United States, including Juneau through JAMM. She is the 2011 Alaska Teacher of the Year.
Carolyn Kelley (Music Tech) is the librarian at Riverbend Elementary School. She has been team-teaching with Rebecca Ricker to provide JAMM’s in-school violin classes to 1st graders.
TJ Kramer (Songwriting) started has taken many poetry classes and graduated with a sociology degree and a minor in child and family development. TJ graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education at UAS.
Chris LaPlante (Music Tech) is a 3rd grade teacher at Glacier Valley with a BA in Elementary Education. He is excited to share his love of technology be teaching music technology and composition in JAMM.
Sheryl Wittig (Music Tech) is the music teacher and librarian at Auke Bay where she teaches Music Tech.
Juneau Community Teaching Artists
Meghan Johnson (Strings) is the principal cellist of the JS. She has taught cello for over 10 years and has her Master’s in Music Performance from the University of Idaho. She works with all JAMM string students.
Denali Wentz (Strings and Choir) is a former student of Mr. Xia who contineus to play viola while attending UAS. Denali works with JAMM’s violinists, choir members and violists.
Kalei Wery (Ukulele) is the grandfather of one of our JAMM students who inspired Glacier Valley when he performed Hawaiian music on the ukulele during a Family Library Night. He has graciously offered to help start a ukulele class as part of JAMM’s programming.
Maia Wolf (Cello) has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and works as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator for Discovery Southeast. She is a cellist with experience teaching children strings and music theory. Maia works with our advanced orchestra and teaches cello and bass.