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About the Director

 This is Jenna Dickey's second year at Nash Middle School as Director of Choirs and general music. Ms. Dickey earned a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in Music Education and a minor in Spanish from Olivet Nazarene University.  While at Olivet, she received several awards such as the Naomi B. Larsen Musical Excellence Award and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Regional Winner.  During her time at Olivet, Ms. Dickey studied voice under the direction of Dr. Jeff Bell and Dr. Neal Woodruff, as well as piano with Dr. Karen Ball.  She appeared onstage as Laurey in Oklahoma and Marmee in Little Women, traveled as a member of the Olivetians, was a soloist in the annual production of Handel's Messiah, and toured Germany, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Kenya with the Olivet Chamber Singers and Orpheus Choir.

       She student taught at Reed Custer Middle School and High School with Mr. Chip Batko, teaching 6-12 grade chorus, piano, and helping with their musical Phantom of the Opera.  Here she conducted a research project on the effectiveness of written assessment in the music classroom as well as enjoyed baking for her co-workers every Friday.  Ms. Dickey is also an active member of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA).

       In addition to teaching, Ms. Dickey enjoys running in races with friends and family, skyping with her friends from all around the world, and participating in extreme sports such as puenting, paragliding, and scuba diving.  You may also see performing with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Dickey comes from a long line of music teachers, her mom having taught elementary general music and her grandfather who is a "retired" public school music teacher but still teaches band and choir at a home school cohort near Grand Rapids, MI.  It is her desire to continue this amazing legacy and continue to inspire students through the power of music.

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