Jeanine Jason is the music teacher at Dater Montessori Elementary School in Westwood. Dater is a CPS (Cincinnati Public School) magnet school with a strong reputation for its dedication to the student experience. It has become such a desirable school in no small part due to the dedication and creative leadership of teachers and administrative staff who work there.
“I got into education to help young people realize the beauty of music” says Jeanine.
A passion for music
Growing up the youngest of eight children, Jeanine sought ways to express herself. She found that outlet through music & performance, and continues today by sharing her creative passion with her school, her students, and her community. “Music is in my blood” says Jeanine, “I have been performing since I was around 3 years old and I have always worked hard at it.” At one point, Jeanine realized that to grow her skills to the next level she needed to learn to read music, so she took home the music for songs she could play and learned how to read it on her own. Jeanine’s hard work paid off and as a result she was voted best singer and best dancer (she studied ballet) in high school.
It’s more than music
While music is important, Jeanine has an innate desire to be of service to people in our community. “I have always been loving; nurturing and compassionate to people as well animals. As a child, I loved everyone and everything that I saw. It would break my heart to see an animal suffering and I would always feel the need to help.” Maybe that’s why Jeanine’s home is also home to her 8 cats!
Jeanine is rare combination of a person who is both service-oriented and driven to continue to learn and grow. She is currently studying for her doctorate degree in education and ultimately hopes she can continue to help the people in our community feel wanted, cared-for, and validated. And for that, we thank you!
Just for fun
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Cincinnati and what do you love there?
A: Cincinnati has more choices for good food than ever, but there is something special about eating at the places where you comforted as a child growing up here. The fish sandwich at Frisch’s; a pizza from LaRosa’s or a milkshake from UDF.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be, and why?
A: Lake Sandoval, Peru. I went there years ago, and they had these bungalows in the Amazon rain forest. There, I found such a peace in the chaos and the beauty of the forest. And of course, there were the animals.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: My favorite is Xanadu, I love the music and Gone With The Wind.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Just be nice. Be kind to yourself and each other.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Visit India and the Kalahari Desert in Africa.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 2 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: Duran Duran – especially the unreleased music
Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Cincinnati?
A: Eden Park and Kings Island were very special to my family. With 8 kids, it took some planning to make a successful family outing, which made it a more memorable event for us. They were the kind of day-long events I remember packing the car for.
Q: With whom would you love to have lunch, past or present?
A: My dad. He’s been gone for 15 years. We had a special bond and were able to communicate even without talking. He and I would explore together – trying different restaurants, etc. He took me to my first concert – Shaun Cassidy.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I would like to spend more time just getting to know some of the people of our community. Sometimes, people just need someone to talk to and to show some kindness. It is amazing how something so simple as listening can make such a big difference in someone’s life.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Family / Cincinnati / Tradition
Every Friday evening my parents would make chili with variations for all of us. Some with meat; some chili just veggie; some without onions. Dad would cook his specialties and mom would too. I love the smell of food in our home.
Q: What do you do for you?
A: Besides travel, my cats are my therapy – I have 8 of them. I have a real love for animals – always have.