jamal p. dickerson, BA, MPA | High school instrumental music director
Affectionately known as "Mr. D" to the students at Creative Arts High School in Camden, instrumental music teacher and director of bands Jamal Dickerson has helped many young people develop a love of music and the ability to perform it at a high level of excellence. A product of Camden City Public Schools, Dickerson has led his music students to victory at numerous competitions, including first place at Berklee College of Music's High Jazz Festival in Boston and first and second place in their division at the New Jersey International Association for Jazz Education. Using an interdisciplinary approach to classroom instruction, Dickerson has not only taught students how to read and perform music, but has helped them improve their math scores as well. He has received official proclamations and citations for outstanding achievement from state and federal legislators, and has been honored by the City of Camden and its Board of Education for his accomplishments. In addition to teaching music at Creative Arts High School, Dickerson and his family own a nonprofit community center in Camden, where they teach performing arts and developmental programs.
Jamal Dickerson, a teacher at Creative Arts High School in Camden, New Jersey, was surprised on October 11, 2007 with The Milken Educator Award for being an outstanding teacher. Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley made the surprise announcement in a schoolwide assembly. Seventy-five outstanding educators nationwide were surprised with the Award.
Student Darryl Jackson is a living example of the impact that a passionate teacher can make, believing in him and inspiring him to keep paying it forward. Milken Educator Jamal Dickerson of Creative Arts High School in Camden, NJ, strives to be that difference in every student's life.