It's official: All of the coolest people hail from Cincinnati. Don't believe me? How about this news anchor whose "Let it Go" parody went viral and who was invited onto nationally syndicated television programs?
Need more convincing? What about this incredibly talented photographer who recreated the wedding photos of her deceased sister and her husband with the little girl she left behind?
Okay, okay. Then just do me a solid and watch this video about Cincinnati and read this National Geographic article before you break your face with your intense eye rolling.[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQdL8bm1368[/embed]
In the event that you STILL need some more supporting evidence, I've got it for you right here.
Jenni Stadtmiller is a Cincinnati native, and a former classmate of mine. Recently, I noticed a video that she had uploaded of her own "Let it Go" parody which she had remastered to focus on the upcoming standardized test that she would be administering to her fourth grade math class. And let me just say that, if I had had just ONE math teacher as great and invested as Jenni, perhaps I wouldn't have wanted to kick puppies every time I looked at a word problem.
Her lyrics are clever, her students are entranced and her gorgeous voice is strong and clear. When I asked Jenni what inspired her to do this, she told me that:
Teaching fourth graders, I am always looking for new and fun ways to build better relationships with them. And since I am personally obsessed with musicals and Disney, I was excited when Frozen came out. After hearing "Let It Go," I knew it was going to be popular and I wanted to work with it to pump my kids up for state testing. Since I say " show your work" a hundred times a day, I knew it would go perfectly! I wrote the song in one day then sang it over and over again for my husband and my own kids! I then sang it to my after school Advanced Math Camp and the students taped the video.
And the rest, as they say, is history. Jenni's video has gone viral, reaching a national and global audience. I have a feeling Jenni's students will be testing at extremely high levels. After all, the most important thing in education is having a teacher who truly cares; and Jenni's got that in spades.