By Abby Quesenberry

Middle School Percussion teacher, Jacob Ramos, never really planned on becoming a band director until he decided that he had more interest in band than becoming a mechanical engineer.

Ramos was the Head Middle School Band Director for Tatum ISD, but decided to change direction when he got the call to enter the ministry. He accepted an associate minister of music position in 2012 at First Baptist Church, Longview. After serving in that capacity for five years, he learned about an opportunity to return to band, and ultimately teaching students.  

In June, 2017 he applied for, and was hired as the WOISD assistant band director’s position to teach percussion to both middle school and high school bands. 

“I enjoy teaching students and I always have,” Ramos said. “ When I got the call to have the opportunity to join the band staff here at White Oak I took the offer right away.  I love to see the joy that fills students heart when they accomplish things they thought were too hard. It takes one step at a time.”

He also has several hobbies outside of the classroom that include quality time with friends and family, and being outdoors.

“When I have free time on the weekends I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children,” Ramos said. “I also like to hunt and enjoy the outdoors.”

He is also very talented when it comes to playing instruments outside of his comfort zone.

“I can play Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Piano, and obviously, drums.” Ramos said.