Mr. Jason LeighGeneral & Vocal MusicPoquessing Middle School&Director of the Select ChoirPoquessing Middle SchoolEducation1996-1999 B.M.E.; Temple UniversityMajored in Music Education/Piano1994-1996 Hartt School of MusicMajored in Music Education/Piano1994 Diploma; Neshaminy High SchoolLanghorne, PaTeaching Experience2016- Poquessing Middle School-General Music (5-8)-Select Choir-Musical Theatre2012-2016 Neshaminy High School-Music Technology-Guitar Class-Choral Music2001-2012 Poquessing Middle School-General Music (6-8)-Choir1999-2001 Maple Point Middle School-General Music (6-9)-Choir
Like so many great stories, mine began here in Neshaminy...As a student I attended Poquessing (Ferderbar) & Tawanka elementaries, Poquessing Junior (Middle) School and Neshaminy High School. I was in every musical ensemble I could fit in my schedule from 4th grade through graduation. I was/am a pianist by training and a percussionist out of necessity (there are no pianos in band and that was where my friends were!). These two amazing instruments allowed me to experience Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Choir and, my favorite, the Musical. For me, the choice to become a teacher was solidified by a group of talented teachers at Poquessing Junior High, in particular, an English teacher named Mr. Joffe. As with all great teachers I believe he could have taught any subject and made it powerful and real. He just happened to do it through literature and grammar. I wanted to follow in his footsteps because I wanted to aspire to have the same affect on students that he had on all of us. I chose Music as my method but, like Mr. Joffe, I am more interested in the whole mind and the whole student. I hope I can live up to his legacy and that is my daily motivation. I am somewhere in the middle of my career and I am still enjoying every student, every class and every challenge. Neshaminy has a proud tradition for shaping minds and I am merely here to do my small part. Thanks for joining me.
(Choir Trip to Bradenton, Florida in 93'. Trips were longer than 5-6 days, then. You could lower the cost of the trip by having an "exchange" with students from the town you were staying in. No hotel costs! This was commonplace and a great time. We got to know other students and their families and we called it a "tour" instead of a trip. Some days, when we weren't scheduled to sing, we were on our own and we had a blast! Guess what? Everyone survived!)Some quick pictures of things I love. Do we share any?Music & ArtTRAVELMy 5 Favorite American CitiesMy Pictures Abroad