I am, Ms. Jennifer Rau, the elementary general music teacher and beginning band instructor. 2020-2021 is my lucky number 13th year of teaching, and 6th year teaching at the elementary level. I have formerly taught 5-12 Grade Band, K-5 Art & Music, and math courses at Job Corp as a long term sub. My vision is to generate enthusiasm for music and band to foster a vibrant secondary music program.
I grew up in small town Defiance, IA, graduated IKM (before Manning) 2003, and played clarinet through college at Drake University where I earned my B.S. in Music Education in 2008. I currently reside in small town Clearfield, IA and have a jam packed 20 x 30 ft. vegetable garden. When I'm not at school, I'm delivering pizzas, rock climbing, backpacking, cooking, and building furniture for my deck! The most interesting job I ever had was being paid to learn and train/instruct children and clients in outdoor adventure sports! My favorite would be rock climbing and sailing on the Potomac River in Maryland, spelunking in West Virginia, and backpacking in Minnesota. I also help out in the music scene for the Creston area theaters with their live pit orchestras.