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#PREPpeople: Jacob Bennett
Posted 09/05/2019 12:53PM

#PREPpeople is one in an occasional series of snapshots spotlighting the people of St. John's Prep

Jacob Bennett, Middle School Band Teacher

HOMETOWN: Rochester, N.H.

EDUCATION: Diploma, Spaulding High School; B.M., Music Education, Gordon College


SUBJECT: Middle School Band

FUN FACT: “I was certified as an archery instructor two summers ago and I’ve been teaching beginner archery every since. I was always interested in it, but when I was approached by my camp director at Camp Wonderland and she asked me to take the class, my passion for the sport exploded.”

DESCRIBE A TEACHER WHO INSPIRED YOU GROWING UP: “Definitely my high school band teacher, Miss Joanne Houston (Miss “H”), because she advocated for and was a strong proponent of creating a family dynamic in music class. We have talents and skills as musicians that we can share together, and no matter where we are in our walks of life, we can always come together to play music. She’s an important model for how I approach my teaching.”

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WORK AT A SCHOOL FOR A LIVING?: “I think when I was in my senior year of high school, I discovered my passion for teaching music and for sharing that passion with others. It just felt right. I haven’t been headstrong about much, but I’ve always wanted to be a band teacher. That was clear to me.”

WHAT EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE OF ST. JOHN’S INFORMS YOUR WORK WITH STUDENTS AT THE PREP?: “Probably my training as an archery instructor. A lot of what we do in beginning archery is understanding the process and developing that muscle memory, but also celebrating the effort that it took to get to that point. Sure, our band concerts are important and they’re an experience for everyone to share in, but it’s the daily work that gets us there which deserves to be acknowledged and I it celebrate daily.”

WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE EVERY DAY?: “There’s never a dull moment. It’s like a roller coaster ride with twists and turns and surprises, and the ride never ends. It’s so interesting.”
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