Staff Spotlight: Jens Lehman-Music Teacher at Pound Middle School

Every week, we’ll shine a spotlight on one Lincoln Public Schools staff member! Get to know the wonderful people making a positive impact across various areas within LPS. This week, meet Jens Lehman, music teacher at Pound Middle School. 

“In the short time that I've worked with Mr. Lehman, I've observed an exceptional commitment to not only teaching vocal skills, general music theory and proper technique of vocal instruction to his students, but also a genuine connection to his students. He has a great sense of humor, is creative in his interactions, incorporates fun and engaging activities and strives to include ALL students no matter their ability, prior knowledge of music and participation in class. Even with the occasional behavioral issues, he is able to address the issue quickly, hold the student accountable and determine appropriate solutions to move forward in a positive manner. I have been nothing but impressed with Mr. Lehman as Pound's vocal teacher!” - Pound Middle Accompanist Vicki Harris. 

Briefly describe your role at LPS.
I teach vocal music at Pound Middle School. That includes sixth grade vocal music, seventh grade vocal/exploring music, and eighth grade choir during the school day. I also direct extracurricular performing groups, morning choir and guitar ensemble. I also co-sponsor Ukulele/Guitar Club!

How long have you worked for LPS?
This is my 11th year in the classroom for LPS.

What inspired you to become part of the education field at LPS?
Music changed my life. My goal in entering the field was to help students be successful through music!

What has been your favorite part of working here? What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
The best part of teaching is helping students find their opportunity to be successful. Helping them to achieve excellence, being good at something and making a positive impact on their school community is rewarding in ways that you can't capture in words.

Did you attend LPS as a student? If so, which school(s)? If not, where are you from?
I actually attended Pound as a student. It's neat to have returned there and work in the music department that meant so much to me as a student. I also attended Calvert Elementary School and Lincoln Southeast High School.

What path did you take after completing your formal education?
I attended Doane University for undergrad, and I'm now working on completing my school counseling certification from Doane as well.

What do you enjoy most about the Lincoln community?
Lincoln shows up for our kids.

Share a shout out to a former teacher who impacted your life.
Mr. Schulz, Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Noonan. I would not be the teacher I am today without them. They saw potential in me and gave me an opportunity to make an impact.

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Published: February 22, 2024, Updated: February 22, 2024

Jens Lehman-Music Teacher at Pound Middle School