Name of staff member: Joan Christner
Position in USD #435: K-Third grade music teacher
Years in this position: 16 years
Previous teaching experience: Fourth grade teacher at Lebanon Grade School, music teacher at Talmage Elementary
What inspired you to go into education? I had a wonderful grade school music teacher, Mrs. McCosh, that taught music in a progressive way. My high school piano teacher, Mrs. Saulmon also inspired and challenged me.
A memorable teaching moment: There are so many moments when my students show joy on their face after experiencing music or sharing a tidbit of information in their own way that brings a smile to my face. There are so many days that are fulfilling when you see the learning and enjoyment of music taking place. At a young age, I want to instill the love of music in my students.