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John Carpino

Teacher: John Carpino

School and subjects taught: Pine/Strawberry School. Music, vocal and instrumental, grades pre-school through 8th.

College Degree and Major: BA in Music Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

Years teaching: 10 years back in the dark ages. This is my second year at the Pine School.

Why do you teach? I love music and I love children. Small town, school and a great staff — what more could you ask for?

Personal motto/words of wisdom: “Music is a gift, an inspiration and a source of hope in a crazy world.”

Family: Simply incredible. A wonderful wife and four beautiful, diverse children.

Pet Peeve: Drivers who don’t use their turn signals. What are we? Mind readers?

Favorite hobby: Music

Person in History you’d most like to meet and why: Bob Marley — why not? Two acoustic guitars around a campfire working out a two-part harmony to “Redemption Song”.

Why Payson? I followed my girlfriend (who is now my wife!) here... or maybe she followed me. Plus, it’s exactly halfway between family in Colorado and San Diego.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Dr. Robert Downey. He talked me into getting back into formal music education. At the time, I just wanted to be the next Neil Young and bang out folk/rock songs on an acoustic guitar.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? Lunch. I grew up in western Montana and my buddies and I would wolf down our food and then grab our ice skates. Rag-tag hockey at it’s finest.

What was your favorite year in school and why? My sophomore year in college — total independence, responsibility and accountability.


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