John M. Geffert

Master of Arts in Teaching

John M. Geffert


Middle School Education, High School Education


Multiple Subjects, Music

Endorsements (pending)

Basic Mathematics

Teaching Strengths

  • Strong commitment to help all students achieve excellence by setting and working toward individually tailored goals
  • Avidly seeking and evaluating new methods and technologies to increase student learning and the motivation to excel
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills gained from 12 years of active duty military service; 7 of those as an officer
  • As a parent I have a natural desire to be the type of teacher for my students that I would want for my own child.
  • I see potential in every student.


  • Santa Clara University, BS (psychology)
  • Portland State University (music education, 1 year)
  • University of California at Sacrament (music education, 2 years)
  • Army School of Aviation and Military School of Music
  • Willamette University, MAT

Teacher Research Topic

My research topic has been designed to explore a particular music rehearsal technique that will focus on the efficacy of allowing students individual time during class to practice a specific piece or section of music. In addition to evaluating the worth of allowing individual practice time during a class period, I will be assessing whether this rehearsal technique is then a good use of valuable classroom time. In music, individual practice is the key to personal growth, which contributes significantly to the overall success of the group. Research in this area shows that well intentioned or deep practice is a skill that can make the difference between achieving results and merely going through the motions. By bringing individual practice into the classroom, I may be able to more effectively guide my students in their efforts.


Student Teaching

  • Canby High School, Canby, Oregon, symphonic band, jazz band and wind ensemble, grades 9-12

Practicum Teaching

  • Estacada Middle School, Estacada, Oregon, 8th grade band

Other Teaching / Youth experience

  • Pit orchestra guitarist / guest conductor (volunteer): Estacada High / Middle School, Estacada, Oregon, staging of “Little Shop of Horrors” - April 2011–June 2011
  • Brass section tutor and conductor (volunteer): Estacada High School / Middle School - April 2011–June 2011
  • Private guitar instructor, Sacramento, California, September 2009 - June 2010, ten students, ages 6-55
  • Commissioned Officer,Commissioned Officer, U.S. Army: aviation officer flying UH-60 Blackhawks, two tours to Iraq and one humanitarian mission to Pakistan, July 2002 - September 2009
  • Day care worker YMCA, Coupertino, California, September 2000 - December 2002
  • Army bandsman (tuba and guitar), U.S. Army, September 1993 - September 1997
  • Tuba instructor, Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA - beginning May 2011


Student Teaching Supervisor

  • Rob Rayfield, Canby High School, Canby, Oregon

Practicum Supervisor

  • Steve Christensen, Estacada Middle School, Estacada, Oregon

University Supervisor