Lincoln teacher selected for music initiative

Chad Frey
First grade teacher Jennifer Becker, right,  at Lincoln Elementary was selected for the Country Music Teacher Classroom Initiative.

Jennifer Becker is about to bring country music into her Lincoln Elementary School classroom — with one of the genre’s songwriters making a virtual visit as part of initiative created by a country music artist from Hutchinson.

Becker was chosen to be a recipient of a new program called the Country Music Teacher Classroom Initiative. The initiative is designed to provide teachers with classroom supplies and project funds across the United States.

In addition to classroom supplies and project funding, Mrs. Becker’s class will also receive a song writing session with Jake Gill via personal visit or Zoom video. Students will be able to select a topic of interest and together as a class, write a song that will be shared with their school and community.

“I am truly blessed to be surrounded by a caring staff at LES who works to build lasting relationships with our students and their families,” Becker said. “It is due to my wonderful work environment and the support I receive, that I am able to step outside of the box and be the teacher my kids need. We are constantly finding joy in big and small things!”

Becker teachers firt grade at Lincoln Elementary.

“Each day begins with positive statements reminding students that it is a new day and I love them no matter what,” Becker said. “My signature teacher move is blowing smooches, which happens throughout the day, especially during our send off to end each day. Lincoln Elementary truly is a home away from home for me, and I aspire to create that feeling for all students"

Jake Gill, a 7-year member of the Country Music Association founded the CMTCI after a series of life changing events in the early spring of 2020.

Gill believes song writing can help stimulate the creative dimensions of a child and provide a healthy emotional environment of expression.

“Song writing combines the therapeutic benefits of music with the creative release of bringing our thoughts to words. Today’s child is experiencing more stress and trauma daily, than in times before. To be able to express their thoughts and feelings in a healthy manner, is crucial to a thriving development.”

“I became very passionate about Social Emotional Learning several years ago and have made it a priority to help students learn about their emotions and regulate their bodies safely,” Becker said, “When students walk into my classroom, I want them to feel safe, loved, and connected to our class family.”

Teachers create a wish list of desired items for their classroom and project materials needed throughout the year. This list is distributed weekly on social media as part of Gill’s ongoing initiative to serve children and teachers. Items can be purchased by anyone in the world and delivered directly to the selected teacher.

To support Becker’s and her classroom please visit her wish list Items purchased will ship directly to her. If you would like to nominate a teacher to be a recipient of the CMTCI, please visit the website: or the Facebook group: