Jerome has been a public-school music educator for 28 years, and is in his 17th year of teaching at Duluth East High School. He is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a B.S. in Music Education and holds a M.S. degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. He has been an active member of the American Choral Directors of Minnesota. Choirs under his direction have performed at multiple ACDA Regional and State Conventions.