Speaker, Author, Emmy Award Winning Composer
Janie Lidey is a speaker, author and Emmy Award winning composer who dedicated herself to teaching music in the public schools of Alaska for 26 years. She started out teaching music in remote, fly-in only villages and in 2011, after 17 years as choir director and guitar teacher at Grammy Award winning East High School, Janie stepped out of the safety and comfort of one school to make the world her classroom.
Lidey has been recognized for her excellence through winning an Emmy for her songwriting; a Grammy for the fine arts program she helped direct at East High School in Anchorage, Alaska; the Mayor’s Arts Award which recognizes excellence in music education; and, a spot on the George Lucas Edutopia website for her role in helping make the world a better place.
Mrs. Lidey not only taught her students to sing and play the guitar, she taught them to live their lives with passion, kindness, love, hope and gratitude. The most important lesson was to instill the belief in her students that they could be or do anything they dreamed or imagined. Seeing the effect she was having on her students throughout the years made Janie feel a responsibility to step out and contribute on a global level.
Janie speaks to audiences across the country inspiring them to take a Leap of Faith and create the life they have only dared to dream about. She has spoken at events including: The Rachel’s Challenge Summit in Denver Colorado, (Columbine Tragedy) Women’s Conferences in Alaska, California and Iowa, Lion’s International 8 to Great Event in Anchorage, Alaska, American Cancer Relays along the west coast, and Personal Growth Events to name a few. She also had the opportunity to perform alongside John Carter Cash at Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday tribute in Nashville, Tennessee.
Janie currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband Sean, their son Tristan and their yellow lab Beaver.
“For many years I had the honor of observing Janie’s almost magical ability to connect
with people from every walk of life, inspiring them to believe in themselves
and their ability to make a positive change in the world.”
Michael Graham, Superintendant, ASD