Jean Ann Ankeney
M153 Creative Arts Center
Adjunct instructor in elementary music education
Jean Ann Ankeney, a National Board Certified Teacher, received her Bachelor of Music Education from Miami University and earned her masters of Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Music from Wright State University. Additionally, she has earned 61 semester hours of post-graduate college credit and has obtained all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk Certification training from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
After receiving her Permanent Teaching Certificate in Music (K-12) and a License for Elementary Education (K-8), she entered teaching in 1983 and has gone on to teach at every grade level (K-college age). Students at the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Trotwood-Madison City Schools, and Huber Heights City Schools have benefited from Jean Ann’s expertise. While currently teaching full-time General Music (K-5) at Menlo Park Elementary in Huber Heights, Jean Ann also teaches part-time at Wight State University. She has been an Ohio Reads summer school reading teacher, tutor, and volunteer.
Involvement in professional organizations include: American Orff-Schulwerk Association (since 1985 and served as membership chairman 2002-2004), Delta Omicron Music Honorary Fraternity, Huber Heights Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi - Education Honor Society, Music Educators National Conference, National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda – National Music Honor Society.
Since 1999, Jean Ann has been a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and in 2001 she received the Muse Machine’s Ruth Lewis Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for actively incorporating the arts into her classroom as well as developing ideas that enhanced the Muse Adventure Elementary Program. Under her leadership, Menlo Park has received five different awards from The Muse Machine and has been referred to as a “model” for integrating the arts into the general education curriculum. Additionally, her leadership has resulted in the awarding of grant monies totaling over thirty-thousand dollars to support this program from sponsoring organizations (Jennings Foundation and the Target Store Corporation).
Jean Ann takes an active roll in her school community as well. She has been involved with music curriculum development 1985 and a Pathwise Mentor for the Huber Heights City School District. In 2004, she has published lesson plans integrating math, science, and music on the internet with Tech Machine through The Muse Machine. While serving as a cooperating teacher for student teachers (1989-present), she has continued to create student musical programs that integrate the arts through the academic standards. Jean Ann is also dedicated to creating many original lesson plans that incorporate original music, poetry, and visual aids that are produced for the Greater Cincinnati American Orff-Schulwerk Association Boutique where all proceeds go to a scholarship fund to encourage new music teachers to gain Orff-Schulwerk Certification.
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