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Jalena Ruby Brooks serves as Assistant Director for the Civic Programs of the Detroit Children’s Choir.

Jalena is a native of Detroit and have always had a passion for education and the arts. She is a product of Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Renaissance High School with honors in 2008. She then attended the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where she received her BA in Music Education, with a focus on choral music. During college, Jalena was a board member of the Michigan Gospel Chorale and the dance instructor for Images of Praise.

After graduating from U of M cum laude in 2012, she accepted her first teaching job in West Bloomfield School District as an elementary music teacher. Though Jalena enjoyed teaching in West Bloomfield, she decided to return to Detroit to begin a new music program at University Yes Academy in 2013. The same year she interned with My Own Planet record label as a sound engineer, directed the Young Adult Choir at River Rouge Bible Assembly and joined the Detroit Children’s Choir as a director of the Midtown Chorale. 

In 2015, Jalena decided to make a shift in her career and began working for Gale a Cengage Company as an Educational Consultant. During that same year, she began a master’s program at Walsh College in Business Administration and graduated with her MBA in December of 2017. After graduating, Jalena was promoted to Gale’s Executive Leadership Team as Senior Manager of Sales Learning and Development.