Hello! My name is Mr. Christensen, and I am excited to begin my second year at Overton. I get to serve the school community in several ways, but I always consider my primary role to be that of educator. I get to direct the instrumental music program for grades 5-12, which includes the Overton marching, pep, and concert bands. This year, as one of the 8th grade homeroom teachers, I am eager to pilot Code.org's new Computer Science Discoveries course with our students. We are one of only a handful of schools in the State of Nebraska able to offer this engaging course. I also have the pleasure of ending each day in an elementary classroom exploring digital citizenship, robotics, keyboarding, and computer science with grades K-4.
In addition to these duties, I manage the school's technology infrastructure. This includes the student iPads, computer labs, carts, classroom devices, and the wireless network. It is my job to help students and teachers use the school's resources to enhance their learning experiences by bringing the world into their classrooms and taking their classrooms into the world. Educating all parties about the safe and responsible use of these technologies is one of my highest priorities.
I was born, raised, and currently live in Kearney, NE. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in K-12 Instrumental/Vocal Music Education and a minor in Educational Studies (Diversity & Technology) from the University of Nebraska - Kearney in 2017. Experiencing the world is my favorite hobby. I have given performances with various ensembles in places such as the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans; the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.; the National Day parades in Sandefjord, Norway; a Dallas Cowboys football game; and the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, TX. I have also traveled extensively with my church on mission trips to Ft. Worth, San Diego, Memphis, Joplin, Denver, and Kansas City. I'm returning to school after a summer packed with a Rocky Mountain retreat, a trip to Atlanta, and a week in Washington, DC followed by a cross-country road trip.
My aim is to provide students with similar opportunities to explore the world around them, through both music and technology. I'm ready to get started! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.
I am a proud member of the National Association for Music Education, Nebraska Music Education Association, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, National Education Association, Nebraska State Education Association, Overton Education Association, Computer Science Teachers Association, Nebraska Educational Technology Association, and the Technology Institute for Music Educators.