High School Faculty
Jennifer Culver is in her nineteenth year of teaching with the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. At the high school, she serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair and conductor of the Fall Concert Band and the Black Concert Band and co-conductor of the Gold Concert Band. She is also responsible for teaching AP Music Theory, The Understanding of Music (college credit plus course through Kent State University), piano keyboarding, and adaptive music appreciation. Prior to her appointment to the high school, Mrs. Culver taught at Sill Middle School for six years where she was responsible for sixth, seventh and eighth grade concert bands and the jazz ensemble.
Along with her classroom teaching load, Mrs. Culver is actively involved in the teaching profession. Currently, she serves on several building and district leadership committees. She has acted as mentor and cooperating teacher to numerous young professionals entering the field of education. She has earned her Teacher Leadership Endorsement at Kent State University and Master Teacher designation in the state of Ohio. Most recently, Mrs. Culver was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year for Ohio State Board of Education District 7.
An active performer and musician, Mrs. Culver has performed in the pit orchestra for Porthouse Theater and served as the Children’s Chorus Director for productions with Nightingale Opera Theater. She has a great passion for the theater and serves as the producer for the annual musical production at Cuyahoga Falls High School.
An Ohio native, Mrs. Culver completed both her undergraduate degree in music education and graduate degree in conducting at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State. There, she studied flute with Professor Diane McCloskey and conducting with Dr. Wayne Gorder. She is an active member of the music education profession, holding memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. She serves as an adjudicator for the Ohio Music Education Association and has
presented a professional development session for the state conference.
Mrs. Culver enjoys classical music, musical theater, opera, reading, history and learning new things. Most of all, loves to spend time with her family. She resides in Stow with her husband Tim (assistant professor of voice at Kent State University), their three children, Sam, Tom and Ellie, and their dog, Patches.
Dustin Harris is currently entering his sixteenth year of teaching for Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. His primary duties include directing Symphonic Band, Tiger Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, Pep Band, and co-directing the Gold Concert Band. He also serves on the Building Leadership Team. In addition to his high school duties, Mr. Harris assists with the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands at both Bolich and Roberts Middle Schools as the primary brass instructor.
Prior to coming to Cuyahoga Falls, Mr. Harris was director of bands at North Middle School in Grants Pass, OR for three years. His educational credentials include a master’s degree in tuba performance from Michigan State University, a bachelor’s degree in tuba performance from the University of Akron, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Montana State University. Mr. Harris is a graduate of the Army Element School of Music in Norfolk, VA and has served in the 5th Army Band in San Antonio, TX.
Mr. Harris’s professional memberships include the Ohio Music Education Association and the American School Band Directors Association.
Courtney Lambert has worked as a percussion educator and professional musician in Northeast Ohio since the fall of 2007. She is currently in her third year as a full time band director and percussion specialist for Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. At the high school Ms. Lambert serves as the Director of the Freshmen Band, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble as well as Assistant Director of the Tiger Marching Band. She also assists with beginning band and sectional work at both Bolich and Roberts Middle Schools. Prior to her full time appointment at Cuyahoga Falls, Ms. Lambert was the percussion specialist for several school districts including Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, Revere Local Schools, and Crestwood Middle and Intermediate Schools. Ms. Lambert also served as the Marching Percussion Instructor and Arranger for Kent State University from 2011 - 2015. She continues to maintain an active private studio where many students have had great success in school music programs, universities, and beyond.
Also a working performer, Ms. Lambert plays authentic Chinese percussion instruments with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, a group focused on the performance of traditional folk music. The ensemble works to present educational and entertainment based programming which integrates different art forms and cultural elements central to Chinese heritage. In the summer of 2015 Ms. Lambert was selected to attend the first annual Global Musicians Workshop hosted by members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. Ms. Lambert can also be seen performing as a classical percussionist, marimba soloist and jazz vocalist in Northeast Ohio.
Ms. Lambert completed her M.M. in Percussion Performance from Kent State University in 2009. She holds a B.S. in Music Education with a minor in vocal performance from Ball State University. In addition to her percussion studies with Michael Scheiber, Dr. Erwin Mueller, and Ted Rounds, she has studied jazz voice extensively with Helen Welch. Ms. Lambert and her husband Rob Hassing are co-owners of C & R Percussive Endeavors, LLC, dedicated to furthering the percussive art form through quality percussion education for young musicians, inspired performances encompassing multiple musical genres and innovative composition and arranging for the percussion idiom. Her professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society and the National Association for Music Education.