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Former Choral Music Teacher Now Mayor of Clarksville

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Former Ladue Schools teacher Jo Anne Smiley has been the mayor of Clarksville, Missouri, since she was first elected to the position in 2005. She was re-elected in 2013.

Jo Anne grew up in southeast Missouri, where she cultivated a love of music from a young age. She spent 30 years teaching choral music in the Ladue School District. Check out her biography here! An excerpt is below:

“In her career, Jo Anne has been a soloist, piano teacher, and choral director in school, community, and church. She was an active member of area, state, and national professional music organizations. She served as a clinician and adjudicator for music festivals, and a presenter at conventions, speaking extensively on the importance of music education for the future of our society. Jo Anne has worked in Theatre as a director, actor, musician, and producer. She spent 30 years as a teacher of Choral Music in Ladue Public Schools, St. Louis, Missouri.”