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Chorus, Mrs. Zulia ClarkMrs. Clark is a music educator and vocalist in her 12th year of teaching in the Norcross Cluster, and she is thrilled to be joining the team at Summerour Middle School. She is a graduate of South Gwinnett High School, and holds degrees in Music Business and Vocal Performance (Berry College), a Masters of Music Education (University of Georgia), and a Specialist in Instructional Technologies (Kennesaw State University). Prior to coming to Summerour, Mrs. Clark with the music specialist at Peachtree Elementary for 11 years working in collaboration with Summerour's elementary schools. She is also a frequent volunteer with the Norcross High School Choral Program.
As a performer, Mrs. Clark has had the opportunity to perform with touring artists at Infinite Energy Arena in a backup role as well as opening the 2016 Christmas concert season at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has also coached students privately who have gone on to television and Broadway roles.Mrs. Clark is a member of Georgia Music Educators, the National Association for Music Education, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Currently, she lives in Marietta with her husband.(updated 2023.04.10)
Visual Arts, Mrs. McKenzie Kitchings
Mrs. Kitchings was born and raised in Gwinnett County, and has always been passionate about art. From a young age, she had access to a variety of art materials and started making all her Christmas presents at the age of 5. Mrs. Kitchings graduated from Kennesaw State in December of 2013 and has been teaching art since 2014. She has experience teaching at the High School and Elementary level and is enjoying her time at Summerour. Since being here, she has become the sponsor for the National Junior Art Honor Society and created a warm and welcoming environment in the art room. Ceramics and painting are the art techniques Mrs. Kitchings loves to teach the most!
When not teaching, you can find Mrs. Kitchings traveling with her husband and son, making personal art, and cooking. She has purchased a house in Gwinnett county and looks forward to becoming more involved by volunteering in her community!
Theatre Arts, Ms. Samuels
I’m so excited about teaching and learning at Summerour Middle School I have the pleasure of working with some of the most creative students in the county. Although this is my first year at Summerour, this is my 10th year in Gwinnett County. Every day is a joy as I get to witness words, ideas and watching my students perform. In the past I have the honor of see my students perform Improvisation Scenes for Fox 5. My students also participated in an Improvisation Workshop with Tommy Ford, from the television show “Martin.” I pride myself on making my classroom the venue for self-expression, diversity and acceptance. When I’m not working with my talented students, I’m usually spending time with my family and friends. I also have a spoiled fat cat named Liam. I enjoy old movies, 80’s music and yummy Italian food. Thanks for visiting my page and thanks for supporting my wonderful Theatre Arts program.
About Ms. Samuels:
- Hometown: Atlanta, GA.
- Alonzo A. Crim Comprehensive High School, East Atlanta, Ga.
- Albany State University, Albany, Ga.
- Mercer University, Macon, Ga.
- Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
- Teaching Experience
- Social Studies- 6th Grade
- Theatre Arts- 6th, 7th and 8th Grades
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
- Seven Guitars by August Wilson
- Miss Julie by August Strindberg
- Dutchman, by Amiri Baraka
- Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry
- Lackawanna Blues by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Favorite Actors- Check out some of the people who influenced me!!!
- Sidney Poitier
- S. Epatha Merkerson
- Angela Bassett
- Adolph Caesar
- Calvin Lockhart
- Paul Robeson
- Dorothy Dandridge
Memorable Books- Reading is an awesome hobby!
- The World According to Garp by John Irving
- Paradise by Toni Morrison
- Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Catherine Carmier by Ernest J. Gaines
- Fahrenheit 454 by Ray Bradbury
- Native Son by Richard Wright
Orchestra, Miss Rebecca Huong
Miss Rebecca Huong is the Orchestra Director at Summerour Middle School. A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia, she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. She also served as Vice President of the collegiate chapter of the American String Teachers Association, as well as treasurer of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education. Her studies include a concentration on violin with Shakhida Azimkhodjaeva and performing with the UGA Symphony Orchestra. Prior to teaching at Summerour, Miss Huong taught at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens, and the UGA String Project. She currently also teaches private violin lessons in Suwanee. The Summerour Orchestras have earned Superior and Excellent ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association, Large Group Performance Evaluation.
Ms. Huong's favorite food group is garlic bread and she eats chocolate for breakfast.
Band, Miss Ruby Yoo
Ms. Rubelle Yoo is the band director at Summerour Middle School, and is a graduate of Gwinnett County Schools from the North Gwinnett cluster. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Ms. Yoo has also taught at flute camps in north Georgia and led flute marching band sectionals at schools around the state. Under the instruction of Ms. Yoo, the Summerour Band has received Superior and Excellent ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation.
Ms. Yoo is a member of the Georgia Music Educator's Assocation and the National Association for Music Education.
Ms. Yoo resides in Suwanee, Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time indoors.