Jennie Bergerson grew up in Michigan. Jennie is a classically trained musician, as were her mother, grandmother, great aunts/uncles and her great grandfather. Jennie was a vocal major in college (mezzo soprano) but also studied violin and classical guitar during her college years. She recently has become very interested in Hawaiian music and has studied ukulele and slack key guitar with Grammy award winning artists Herb Ohta Jr., Keola Beamer, Jeff Peterson and John Keawe.
Jennie holds a bachelors degree from Western Michigan University in Music Education, with a minor in Elementary Education. However, after student teaching in both general music and a 1st grade classroom, Jennie knew she enjoyed teaching music much more than regular education classes.
Jennie taught music for one year at a private school in Michigan. Finding that she could not live on the salary, she decided to look for another teaching position. At the time, teaching jobs in Michigan were few and far between. Remembering a trip to the southwest, Jennie decided to try her luck in Phoenix, Arizona. Fortunately for Jennie, Arizona was looking for teachers and after four months of substitute teaching, Jennie was offered a music job in a Phoenix suburb.
A few years after moving to the Phoenix area, the governor of Arizona made it mandatory for teachers to hold a masters degree (or the equivalent in course hours). Due to this and her love of technology, Jennie attended and earned her masters in Educational Media and Computers from Arizona State University. Knowing that she preferred teaching “specials” to regular ed., she became a Technology Educator of junior high students.
Jennie taught either general music, chorus, band or technology for a total of thirty years. During this time Jennie also was invited to teach numerous professional development technology classes to her peers as well as asked to create many multimedia presentations for other professionals.
Jennie has used her knowledge and experience in the educational field to write a book as well as found her company “The Write JAB” (Jennie’s initials) where Jennie works as a Presentation Specialist, creating multimedia presentations for her clients.
Jennie's first book, "Telling Stories Out of School: How I Survived 30 Years of Teaching" was released on Amazon the fall of 2017. On December 4, 2017, it became an Amazon #1 Best Seller!
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