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Your Turn/Todd Pettit

Todd Allen Pettit
Posted: Aug. 18, 2019 12:01 am


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I was infatuated with musicals, orchestras and conducting after attending my first musical at QHS, "West Side Story." That experience launched my love affair with musical theatre and my journey to become a music educator.

What would you rather be doing right now? boating/coving at Lake of the Ozarks.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... This isn't a secret, but more of a fun fact. I was accepted to Worsham College of Mortuary Science but decided to stay the course and earn my BS in music education.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? I have been blessed to have many proud moments in my life. I was most proud the day I received my doctoral hood and degree from Saint Louis University in 2014.

It really stinks when ... people do not keep commitments.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Optimistic.

I always laugh when ... I'm around my sister Jami Pettit-Polley. She could be a stand-up comedian.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Martin Luther King Jr.: He was an advocate for social justice in a climate that wasn't ready for his passionate beliefs. I would like to bring him up to date on our society and hear his perspective. Andrew Lloyd Webber: He is a musical theatre icon and composer genius. I would like to know what he considers accomplishments in his career and challenges he overcame. Jesus Christ: There are so many religions, interpretations of scripture from people with passionate faith, belief and spirituality. I'd like to ask him for answers to all those questions that I've been told in sermons and lectures that we won't know until the day we see him face-to-face.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... catch up on DVR episodes of Food Network shows.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... quiet, musically talented and a preppy dresser.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Sally Struthers while backstage visiting a performer friend after a performance of "Annie" at The Fox in St. Louis.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... have a few moments to go back in time and have a conversation with my father, James A. Pettit, who passed in 1979.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... quit working.

America should be more concerned about ... becoming a country that fosters respect, acceptance and justice for all. Every human life has the same value no matter of race, religious beliefs, economic status, sex or sexual orientation. The climate and culture in our country need to shift. We could learn so much from the actions of our children.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... clothes and shoes.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... social media, namely Facebook. For good and bad, it is where we as a society gather and connect.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Love bug, you have empathy and a heart for people. Use that to be the best music educator you can be, and don't worry about what people may think of you!" Valaria Temple Thompson, a former vocal professor at Quincy University.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... the Broadway channel on XM.

I always get sentimental when ... a student of any age accomplishes a goal. I'm a sucker to get choked up when students perform. This has happened often since I have returned to Quincy and witnessed our talented music students in action.

The older I get, the more I realize ... my grandparents were right. Life goes way too fast! Don't sweat the small things, and enjoy each day.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I wouldn't want a do-over. The joys and trials in life have made me the person I am today.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I don't have a favorite item of clothing. I am a clotheshorse, an addiction I inherited from my grandmother that was further fostered while working at State Street Store/Stag Shoppe while in high school.

If I've learned anything at all ... Be a person of integrity, character and always be honest admitting when you are wrong.


Todd Allen Pettit, 48, is honored to be the director of K-12 music for Quincy Public Schools. He is a Quincy native, a QHS graduate Class of 1989, a 1996 graduate of Quincy University, 2007 graduate of Indiana University and 2014 graduate of Saint Louis University. Pettit enjoys theatre, travel and boating with his domestic partner, Paul Sager, and spending time with their two dogs, Icicle and Annabelle.