In her sixth year at American Fork, Lois Johnson said she tries to teach skills that have the power to touch people's lives and souls - skills such as discipline, dedication, loyalty, courage, problem solving and teamwork.In Lois Johnson's 18 years as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir she has developed many musical skills.
Students, faculty and administrators at American Fork High School say those skills and Johnson's dedication to music make her an effective teacher and an excellent role model.Those skills and dedication also contributed to Johnson's selection as the 1991 Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholar Most Influential Teacher.
"Her talents are pretty versatile and her abilities are something students admire," said Principal Vern Henshaw. "Besides providing expertise to our music department, she's committed and devoted to the students."
In her sixth year as choral and orchestra instructor at American Fork, Johnson said she tries to teach skills that have the power to touch people's lives and souls - skills such as discipline, dedication, loyalty, courage, problem solving and teamwork.
"In my class we learn all those people skills and life skills," she said. "And my avenue for teaching those skills is music."
Johnson said her biggest asset is her love for the students. And those students who nominated Johnson for the award agree.
"Along with teaching music, Lois Johnson shows that she cares for each one of her students," wrote senior Dianna Rhodes.
Tonya Adamson, a junior, said, "As a student I can see her love as she leads us with tears in her eyes."
Johnson said most of her knowledge of music and most of what she teaches come from her association with Tabernacle Choir Director Jerold Ottley and his wife, JoAnn.
"About 90 percent of what I teach to students comes from Jerry and his wife's influence," she said.
Before joining the faculty at American Fork High School, Johnson worked one year for Nebo School District. She has bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University and is currently working on a doctorate from Indiana University. She is president-elect of the American Choral Directors Association.