Title: Retired School Teacher, Musician, and College Educator
Company: Morningside College
Location: Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Kristin Dillman, Retired Double Bass Instructor at Morningside College, Retired Public School Music Educator and Private Bass and Piano Instructor of 42 years, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Fueled by her interest in music at a young age, Ms. Dillman decided to pursue a career that also intertwined her passion for teaching. After graduating from Iowa Central Community College with an Associate of Arts in 1974, she secured a Bachelor of Music in music education from Morningside College in 1976. She was then hired by Bishop Garrigan High School in Iowa and served as an instrumental music teacher for a year before accepting a similar position with Sioux City Community Schools from 1977 to 2010. While working that appointment, Ms. Dillman received a Master of Music from the University of South Dakota in 1983. She continued with postgraduate coursework at the University of South Dakota among other institutions. Additionally, she contributed as a double bassist for the Sioux City Symphony, a church musician, and a double bass instructor at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Moreover, she assumed employment with Morningside College as a double bass instructor in 2016, while serving as a private bass and piano teacher, until her retirement in 2018. Highlights of her career include teaching both band and orchestra for grades 4 through 12 for 33 years. During that tenure, she was awarded a grant to start a Suzuki violin program for qualified students for grades 1 through 3. In addition, Ms. Dillman performed in a Sioux City symphony for 40 years and served as assistant principal bassist for 20 years. She has also etched out a successful career as a freelance musician in double and electric bass for over 40 years.
In a career filled with several highlights, Ms. Dillman is happy that she is able to connect with her former students via social media. Through these conversations, she realizes the positive impact she had on their lives as their instructor. A proud member of the National Education Association, she also maintains professional ties with the Iowa State Education Association, among others. In light of her exceptional undertakings, Ms. Dillman has been named “Teacher of the Year,” by the Sioux City Community School District between 1988 and 1989. She also received the Daily Point of Light Award from the nonprofit organization Points of Light in 2006. Furthermore, Ms. Dillman has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who of American Women. In her retirement, Ms. Dillman enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband of over 30 years, David, and her two sons, AJ and Andrew. She is active in her church, serving on the church council, various committees, and cooking and visiting the homebound.
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