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  • Maintaining high levels of retention is important for any teacher. With the options of AP & IB classes, Minimum Day, Dual Enrollment, Sports, etc., keeping your students highly motivated and invested can become challenging. Let us give you monthly tools and ideas that can be utilized in and out of the classroom to encourage longevity in your program.
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  • 12/18/2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Meeting Room W185
  • Jennifer Floyd holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education from Truman State University. In 2003 she graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a Masters in Music Pedagogy/Performance and teacher certification. She is currently ABD (All but Dissertation) at the University of Georgia-Athens, where she will receive her PhD in Music Education.

    Jennifer has been an active music educator in Atlanta, teaching high school orchestra for sixteen years, adjudicating district and state-level festivals. During her tenure she served as a member of the Spivey Hall Board of Educators, Lead Teacher for High Schools, Cobb County Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council, GMEA All College Orchestra organizer and ASTA President. In 2006 her Orchestra was selected to perform at the GMEA In-Service Conference, and 2016 the ASTA National Orchestra Festival. She was named STAR Teacher of the Year in 2007 at Lovejoy High School, a 2016 Grammy Music Educator quarterfinalist, and the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year at McEachern High School. 

    In addition to being a passionate educator she frequently performs throughout Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Los Angeles. Her recent performances include, but are not limited to, Blind Boys of Alabama, Temptations (Review), Robin Thicke, India Arie, Bo Bice, Leann Rimes, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Holiday, Tye Tribbett, Mary Mary, Resound, Shelby 5, Kim Burrell, Sheila E, JJ Hairston and a TV appearance on Drop Dead Diva.

    Jennifer is a member of GMEA, PAGE, ASTA, Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the former YOLA at HOLA Music Program Director with the Heart of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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  • Stephen Lawrence
  • Stephen Lawrence currently serves as the Director of Orchestral Activities and
    Department Chair at North Atlanta High School’s Fine and Performing Arts
    Department.  He also serves on the Atlanta Public Schools Arts Resource Team
    as the District Orchestra Lead. In recent years Stephen has served as the
    GMEA District V Chair, GMEA District V Orchestra Chair and GA-ASTA
    Secretary. Stephen has served as a clinician and coach for orchestra programs
    throughout Georgia.

    Stephen Lawrence earned his bachelor’s degree at Loyola University New
    Orleans in Music Education specializing in String Education, under the guidance
    of Dean Angeles and Virginia Olander.  He started his teaching career at Joseph
    C. Wilson Foundation Academy in Rochester, NY where he taught for 2 years, 2
    years at Lovejoy High School and is currently in his ninth year at North Atlanta
    High School where he was named the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year and later
    the 2018-2019 Atlanta Public Schools High School Teacher of the Year.
    Recently, Stephen was named the American String Teacher’s Association
    Educator of the Year and elected the 2021-2023 State Orchestra Chair for the
    Georgia Music Educator’s Association. Stephen currently resides in Atlanta, GA
    with his fiancé, Kevin, and dog, Kingston.