Reason for the selection: Mr. Kaserman represents Dalton schools with pride and professionalism in every role he is a part of. In the classroom, he has students engaged in their learning, is very hands on learning, and compliments his students and the work they produce. As a band director he has his program as one of the top in the area. He also is the camp director for the annual 6th grade Camp Wanake trip. Students always enjoy their experience and that is mostly because of the leadership he provides for the trip.
What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools?
I love working with the students here at Dalton Local Schools. I most enjoy getting to work with these students when they are in 5th grade and then continuing to be a part of their educational journey all the way through their Senior year in many cases. The whole experience from Friday Night Halftime shows, hosting solo/ensemble festival, concerts and just the day to day interactions with these students and their families is something I have always and will always continue to enjoy. The Dalton and Kidron communities are truly a special place and I enjoy having the opportunity to serve in the Music Department and Outdoor Education Program!
How did you get to where you are today?
I began my instrumental studies as a 5th grade student in the Perry Local Schools in Massillon. I graduated from Mount Union College in 1997 with my Bachelor of Music Education Degree. I then spent the first 3 years of my career as Band Director at Canton Central Catholic High School and the past 22 years here as Band Director of the Dalton Local Schools. Along the way, I was inspired by my 7th Grade Band Director (Mr. Ted Wenger) who helped me recognize my music and leadership potentials, and my High School Directors Mr. Roger Hall and Chris Hall for continuing to offer me opportunities to challenge me to reach my full potential. And my College Band Director Mr. Tim DeStefano for shaping me not just as a musician and leader, but as an educator and preparing me for my career. And my parents for their support through my school years and my wife and daughters for their continued support and sharing in my passion for music and education.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that people may be surprised to hear.
I love classic cars and I still own the first car I ever bought, a 1964 Corvair that my Grandpa and my Dad and I restored together when I was 16 years old.
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