Sally K. Tennihill

Title: Music Educator

Sally K. Tennihill, Music Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Music.

Ms. Tennihill has been a piano teacher for 35 years, and started in 1970 giving lessons to neighborhood children. In her midlife in 1982, she went back to school to complete a bachelor’s degree, and took classes in piano, voice, English, theatre and psychology. Ms. Tennihill learned to play the piano in the ‘50s when there was only one hour of TV on every day. After the news there was a man playing the piano and she told her mother that she would like to learn to pay. Her mother purchased a player piano for $20 and paid someone another $20 to deliver it, an investment that became a lifelong passion and profession. Ms. Tennihill has been featured in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

Born to Wayne Harris Downs and Ruth Anne Downs in Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Tennihill is also a certified nurse assistant and taught with the Northwest Missouri State University while earning a BA there in 1985 and an MA in English in 1987.  She married the late Jack Tennihill in 1961, and raised John, Ralph, Myrtle, and Joe Tennihill. She went on to become a substitute teacher with the St. Joseph School District and was a stringer with the St. Joseph News-Press from 1988 to 1992. She has also given her time as a director with the Nodaway County Theater Company, a stage performer, and author of “Steak, Potatoes, and a Little Romance” in 1995. She has contributed poetry and short stories for publication, and once received a Mattie Dykes Creative Writer Scholarship.


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