OkMEA Retired Music Teacher Directory

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Retired Teacher NameJohn Phillip Gerber
ChildrenCasey and Courtney
Address218 Birch
Weatherford, OK 73096
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Phone(580) 772-2779
In what year did you retire from teaching?2002
How many years did you teach?29
Degrees Earned (start with most recent)

Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Weatherford, OK - MME - 1983
Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Weatherford, OK - BME: Vocal, Instrumental, Piano - 1973

Other Training Institutions (certifications, etc.)

University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK
Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

Teaching Positions (start with the most recent)

1980-2002 - Weatherford Schools, OK - Choral Music 7-12, Drill Team
--Coordinator/Assistant Band Director and head Band Director the last semester of 2002
1976-1980 - Velma-Alma Schools, OK - Music 6-12
1973-1976 - Boise City Schools, OK - Music K-12

Teaching Highlights (ensemble accomplishments, personal accomplishments, etc.)

Weatherford HS Choir performed at the 1983 All-OMEA Festival
In 1999, the Weatherford High School Select Choir performed at OMEA
In 1992, the Weatherford Middle School Choir was selected to perform at OMEA
From 1980-2002, the Weatherford High School Choirs collectively received over 150 division I ratings in concert and sight reading
Choirs at WHS have also received numerous division I ratings at several interstate competitions

Professional Education Associations

- Chorus Chairman 1992-1993
- All-State Committee
- Vocal Vice President 1998-2000

- Northwest Representative
- Publisher of Sooner Style

Western Oklahoma Choral Directors Association
Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association
Weatherford Association of Classroom Teachers

Personal Honors and Awards

1979 - Velma-Alma Teacher of the Year
1983 - Weatherfod High School Teacher of the Year
1983 - Weatherford Public Schools Teacher of the Year
2002 - OCDA Director of Distinction
2003 - OMEA Hall of Fame Award
2008 - Weatherford Chamber of Commerce "Roots and Wings" Award
2008 - SWOSU Distinguished Alumni Award

Retirement Years (jobs, accomplishments, travel, etc.)

On my retirement, my wife and I were given a Caribbean cruise from past and present students, and members of the community. I have since become the full time minister of music at the First Baptist Church of Weatherford. I enjoy singing with the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma and being "Poppa" to my three grandchildren: Owen, Logan and Stella Kate.

Janis Dawson, OkMEA Past President

6721 Stonycreek Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
(405) 740-9306
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