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Student Testimonial: Jeremy Johnson

Student Testimonial: Jeremy Johnson

Alumni Uses Iowa Lakes Experiences to Further Education and Pursue Talents

Jeremy Johnson took many of his experiences at Iowa Lakes with him after graduation in the spring of 1997. 

The person he attributes many of those positive college experiences to is instrumental and humanities professor Carol Ayres Stueven. 

“Carol made college fun and made learning exciting,” commented Johnson. “I enjoyed her teaching style and direction.” 

He spent the majority of his time at Iowa Lakes in the Music Department, playing in the Jazz Band and singing in two choirs. Johnson also participated in the Community Band. 

It was also participation in music at Iowa Lakes that allowed him to meet his wife, Carrie (Reekers) Johnson.

Following graduation, Johnson attended the University of Northern Iowa where he studied music and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies.

“Iowa Lakes helped me get a grasp on my college education and experience,” said Johnson. “I was prepared and didn’t feel swallowed up by big campus life when I transferred to UNI.”

While at UNI, he played in two bands, The Porcelain Frogs and The Mitchell Pitts Band, and still continues to play with the worship team at his church. 

In addition to music, Johnson has a passion for metalworking. During a 12-year position with Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson, he collected many pieces of fancy hardware and started making jewelry out of them. He has since donated several pieces to the Iowa Lakes Korks and Kegs fine arts fundraiser, and additional pieces can be seen on his Facebook page at

Johnson, his wife and their two kids currently reside in Waterloo.

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