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Get Em' and Keep Em' Lit; Creative Retention Strategies

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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.
  • Jennifer Floyd (jenniferfloyd1913@gmail.com)
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  • Dr. 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 Certification, and her PhD in Music Education from the University of Georgia-Athens in 2019. 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, a Grammy Music Educator quarterfinalist, and the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being a passionate educator she frequently performs throughout Georgia and Alabama. 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, Shelia E, JJ Hairston and a TV appearance on Drop Dead Diva. Jennifer is a member of GMEA, PAGE, ASTA, Sigma Alpha Iota and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and extremely thrilled to be the new 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, GA-ASTA Secretary. Stephen has served as a clinician and coach for orchestra programs in Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County Public Schools, DeKalb County Public Schools, Fayette County Schools, Gwinnett Public Schools and Henry County Public Schools. Born in Atlanta, GA, Stephen began his musical career at the age of twelve, studying violin, cello and later piano. During his school career, Stephen served as a concertmaster for several orchestras including the Loyola University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools Youth Symphony Orchestra, MYSO String Quartet, William Grant Still Memorial Orchestra, and many more. At the age of eighteen, he graduated high school receiving the highest honors at North Atlanta School of the Performing Arts. Stephen is also a 2003 graduate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program. 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 eighth year at North Atlanta High School where he has been 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.
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