Mr. Stefanick (Mr. Jon to our Pre-K students) graduated from Yukon High School in 2005 and then went to the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate degree in instrumental music education. During his time at OU, he also served as the assistant director of the OU New Horizon's Band program, and assumed the role of interim director of the program upon his graduation. His junior year at OU, Mr. Stefanick began teaching at an area high school and middle school part time, and once he graduated, stayed on as a full time band and general music teacher in middle and high school. In 2013, he returned to OU to pursue his graduate degrees, and graduated with his master's degrees in music performance and music education in 2015. During the fall of 2015, he spent time traveling and driving charter busses, and returned to teaching in the spring of 2016 at Prairie View Elementary here in Mustang as a Physical Education teacher, teaching alongside 2015 Mustang District Teacher of the Year, Bettilou Stover who welcomed Mr. Stefanick to the world of elementary education. In the fall of 2016, Mr. Stefanick returned to the realm of music as the new music teacher at Lakehoma Elementary, building on the legacy of the storied Lakehoma music program.
In addition to his teaching in the public schools, Mr. Stefanick has been an assistant band director for the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music, and traveled with the 175-student band and choir on their European tour in 2011. He remains an active trombone player, performing throughout the year around the state, and is a member of the American Trombone Ensemble that has traveled to international festivals that have taken him to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and most recently throughout Spain and Morocco.
Mr. Stefanick recently began graduate studies in Educational Leadership at the University of Central Oklahoma. Through this program, Mr. Stefanick has conducted reasearch in various aspects of education, and has presented his reasearch at the Current Questions in Education in Kansas City as well as the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Mr. Stefanick spent time in many area schools, bringing back many new and exciting ideas to Lakehoma.
"Though I am a 'Yukon kid,' teaching in Mustang has been a homecoming for me, as I grew up with my mom teaching here in Mustang for thirty-two years. She opened Lakehoma in 1978 and taught here the first twelve years it was open (I was actually born while my mom was teaching at Lakehoma) before moving to Mustang Trails where she stayed until her retirement. I am overjoyed to be part of the Lakehoma team! I love being able to bring my passion for my students and my love of music to Lakehoma! This is going to be a wonderful year!"
- Jon Stefanick