Did you know that Ms. Schlecht plays in a band called “Random Maxx”? She is the lead vocalist and plays keyboard too. At FHS and FPMS, we are so lucky to have such an amazing choir director. Read on if you are interested in learning more about this dynamic director!
I recently had the chance to sit down with Ms. Schlecht and ask her a few questions. Here’s what she had to say.
What is your full name?
Jamie Lynn Schlecht
What is something that people might not know about you?
I play in a band called Random Maxx and was voted the Best Female Vocalist in Milwaukee two years in a row by the readers of The Shepherd Express.
What is something you want to accomplish in music?
I want to build a successful program at FHS.
How do you want to see your students succeed in the music department?
I want them to gain an appreciation for music and a love for performing.
Did your students perform well at the concert on Thursday October 15?
They were fantastic, had lots of energy, the memorization was really good, they acted really well.
How long have you been teaching?
This is my 7th year of teaching and my 4th year in Franklin.
What did you do before you started teaching?
Teaching was my first job after college.
What is your favorite part about working here?
The students and staff (Mrs.Umhoefer) I get to work with make my job exciting and interesting every day.
Why did you come teach?
I have always wanted to teach choir..
Where do you see our choirs in the next few years.
I see our choir programs growing in numbers, with more males.
What is your educational background?
I attended UW-La Crosse and received a degree in Choral Music Education with a General Music Emphasis.
What is your favorite food?
Some of my favorite foods include corn dogs, spaghettios and cotton candy ice cream. I eat like a 5-year-old! #yolo
What is your favorite FHS memory so far?
Some of my favorite memories involve laughing at musical rehearsals with Mrs. Cowell, and the amazing cast. The musical get more and more fun every year! Oh…and also sharing an office with Allie Bae Umhoefer. She’s fantastic and likes to ROFL.
Are you famous for saying any quotes?
“When in doubt, sing out!”
What are some of your out of school interests?
I like to read, camp, run, relax in the sun, play the piano, sing, and be a rockstar!
What is some best advice for high school students?
You should get involved as much as you can! There are so many wonderful opportunities here at FHS. My fondest memories from High School are not from my core classes, but from musical and gymnastics and all the extracurriculars that make high school exciting! I find that the more you are involved, the busier you are, but the easier it becomes to get into the habit of balancing schoolwork, extracurriculars, and outside of school activities. 🙂
We hope you enjoyed this teacher spotlight on Mrs. Schlecht. Stay tuned for more FHS spotlights in the future including Mrs. Byrne and Mrs. Watson.