Jodi Neilson is the 2009 winner of the California Music Educator Association Music Teacher of the Year award. In addition to conducting the Ocean Air School sixth-grade band, she's a professional working musician and singer who has sung the National Anthem at over a dozen Padres games.
After starting piano lessons at the age of five, Neilson was a high school marching band drum major. She earned her music education degree at SDSU and her masters at Point Loma Nazarene. She has taught music classes at Del Mar Hills Academy and Ocean Air.