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Name:

Jon Clilfton

Technology, Choir, NHS

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Contact Info:

Work Phone:

806-538-6203

Cell Phone:

(806) 690-2574

Class Room Number:

S110

About Me

Educational History:

Wayland Baptist University – Magna Cum Laude May 2010

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Music Education

Certifications in Music, ELAR 4-8, & Technology Applications

Technology meme

Current Position:

I began teaching at Adrian in August of 2018.  My first year here I was hired to teach junior high reading and writing and start a high school choir program.  In 2020 I was asked to begin a technology department for the high school and begin teaching classes including Principles of Information Technology, Web Design, Typing, Robotics, and Computer Science.  In addition to these technology classes I continue to teach High School Choir and work with our IT director, Monty Hale, to help with any technology or software issues that arrise.  

In addition to my classroom responsibiliteis I also serve as the National Honor Society Adviser for Adrian and work on the school website as the Webmaster.  I have worked as webmaster since 2019 and have overhauled and redisgned the website as well as helped transition the school to the digital classroom including use of Google Classroom.  I have worked as the NHS adviser since the 2019 school year.  As an organization we have volunteered at local nursing homes, sung chrismtas carols to those that are homebound, cleaned the high way outside of Adrian, sponsored Red Ribbon Week in schools and designed and created the Adrian letters on the streets that lead to our school among other service projects.

Previous Position:

Prior to coming to Adrian I worked for Perryton ISD and Highland Park ISD in Amarillo.  I began teaching in August of 2010 as the assistant band director in Perryton.  I was in charge of the Junior High band program and oversaw it’s daily operations in addition to helping the high school band.  During my time in Perryton I saw the junior high band program grow to be one of the larges in school history.  I took over the program as head director in 2013 where I remaind for only a year before moving to Highland Park in Amarillo.

In the summer of 2014 I married my wife, Shyla, and we moved to Amarillo.  I worked as the Assistant Director under Mrs. Kayla Driver, at Highland Park ISD.  Due to illness I had to step away from teaching in November of that year.  

Family Information:

Family is very important to me.  I have a wife, Shyla Clifton, who also teaches at Adrian ISD.  She was the 5th grade teacher for 6 years before taking over the junior high ELAR position in 2020.  We have been married since 2014.  She is the love of my life and helps to keep me grounded.  We do not yet have any children but are hoping to one day soon.  

My family lives mostly in Amarillo.  My father works as a chaplain for Baptist Community Services and my mother works as a music therapist in several different capacities including home therapy and as a Adjunct faculty member for West Texas A&M University.  She also has a private pinao studio.  My brother, my youngest sibling, lives with his wife and daughter in Amarillo,  He works for Toot ‘n ‘Totum convenient stores and is employed as a manger for the one of the busiest stores.  My niece turn 4 in May 2021 and is a bundle of joy and laughter.  It’s always a good day when I get to see and spent time with her.  She has the biggest smile that lights up the room.  I really looking forward to this fall when she is looking to being PreK out here at Adrian!  I can’t wait to get to see her everyday!

My sister and her husband, Cassandra and Kyle, live in Tualatin Oregon.  They have been married since 2016.  Cassandra helps manage and run a headstart/early elementry daycare.  She loves working with little children and teaches them many of the 1000+ nursery rhymes that my mom taugh us; I’m not kidding about all the nursery rhymes!  My sister and her husband don’t have any kids yet but are looking into becoming foster parents.  They are hoping to get placed with a child soon.

Personal Information:

My realtionship with God is very important to me.  I grew up in a conservative, Christian home and came to a relationship with God at an early age.  Most of my family are ministers and I served for a time as a music minister in the Amarillo area.  I still fill in when called upon by various churches.  I start almost every day listening to the Message on Sataletie radio; I find that it helps me to relax and focus before the challenges of the day begin.  I’ve always been involved in music so this is just a natural extension of who I am and I also find it a great witnessing tool.  I’m always available for talking about my relationship with Christ and welcome anyone who has questions to contact me.  

Outside of school and church, my wife and I love to travel.  We try to take 1 big trip every summer.  Last year we visited family in the Pigeon Forge, TN area.  We’ve also been to Oregon, Washington, Florida, and had to cancel a trip to California and Hawaii due to Covid.  In the summer of ‘21 we are planning to visit Boston, MA and Maine with family.  I also LOVE to play golf.  Unfortuantley a teacher’s salary and schedule doesn’t allow for as much as I’d like but it is one of my favorite hobbies.  My dream is to be able to retire and live on a golf course where I can play everyday.  It would be even better if the course was close to a lake or ocean!  I’ve always lived by water until I moved to the Texas panhandle and I miss being able to visit the lake anytime I want.