Music With Mr. Bryant
Mr. Brian Bryant was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He demonstrated interest in music at an early age by participating in his elementary school chorus, drama productions, and beginning orchestra. His passion for music was also cultivated in his church as he served in the adult/mass choir, where he also learned how to direct and arrange vocals. Mr. Bryant continued to study strings (viola) at Morehouse College. As a student, he was a Morehouse College Glee Club member, the Atlanta University Center Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the viola member of the Spelman-Morehouse String Quartet. While in seminary, Mr. Bryant started tutoring in math and reading at local schools through the America Reads America Counts program. This led him to become a paraprofessional in Special Education in the National Heritage Academies in Durham, NC. Mr. Bryant became the Spanish K-8 teacher for three years before serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator of a music education non-profit, BUMP: The Triangle, which focused on the education of the music of the African Diaspora. In 2018, he was a fellow of the SphinxConnect Conference, which promotes African Americans and minorities in the classical arts, including the orchestra. In 2018, Mr. Bryant returned to the Atlanta metro area to teach fourth grade at North Metro Academy of Performing Arts before transitioning to DeKalb County Schools to teach fifth grade Social Studies for two years. He has continued to serve as a vocalist in local churches, including Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He looks forward to serving as the music teacher at North Metro and desires to provide a robust music education program for its scholars.
Drama with Mr. Darrell Grant
Mr. Darrell D. Grant, is a Professional Actor, Producer and Educator from Texas, trained in Theatre Performance/Broadcast Journalism at Stephen F. Austin State University. As a performer, Mr. Grant has been seen on stage in Rumors, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, Fences, Sordid Lives, The Meeting, The Wiz, and the timeless classic Driving Miss Daisy. He's had the pleasure of partnering with Academy Theatre, Out Front Theatre Company, and Town Square Playhouse to direct different types of crowd-pleasing productions.As an educator, Mr. Grant has served as Senior Educator with the Alliance for Climate Education and traveled throughout the south delivering climate science presentations to over 5,000 high school students. For the past six years, he has served as Lead Instructor and recently Operations Manager for ChopArt - a non-profit organization helping homeless youth express themselves through art. In 2019 Mr. Grant was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Four Directions Apprentice Company working with education programs at True Colors Theatre Company, and 7 Stages Theatre. When he's not on stage or empowering young artists, Mr. Grant works as Associate Producer of the Black Theatre Group and serves the arts community as a member of the Board of Directors for Georgia Connections Academy and Out Front Theatre Company. Mr. Grant is thrilled to be a member of the North Metro Academy of Performing Arts family.
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Art With Ms. Hodo
Ms. Brittany Hodo was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006 with a Bachelor's in Art. From there she went on to teach Secondary art for 6 years, in both Rankin County and Jackson Public School districts. She received her special education certification from Delta State University. Then, wanting to expand her cultural knowledge, she moved to Kuwait and served as a fifth-grade homeroom teacher. The next year, she returned to secondary art as the secondary art teacher for Adnoc schools in Abu Dhabi. During the pandemic, she decided to return to the United States, where she worked at Roy Martin Middle School in Las Vegas. She looks forward to serving as the visual arts teacher at North Metro and desires to provide an expansive education program for its scholars.
Physical Education @ NMAPA
At NMAPA, Physical Education goes beyond sports. We get EVERY child moving with our fitness-based curriculum and engaging activities that provide an opportunity for ALL scholars to be successful.
Students are expected to be respectful, responsible and safe while enjoying movement, teamwork and sportsmanship with their peers.
NMAPA was awarded a Georgia Society of Health and Physical Education Grant during the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, students will have the unique opportunity to see their hearts in action with the Polar OH1 heart rate monitoring system and Polar GoFit.
Coach Jones, Physical Education
Coach Jones was born and raised in Flowery Branch, Georgia, home of the Atlanta Falcons. In his first year at NMAPA, he was named the 2018-2019 NMAPA Teacher of the Year.
An avid outdoorsman, Coach Jones is also a certified Personal Trainer and has helped clients achieve their fitness goals for more than five years.
Coach Jones is a proud husband and the father of two little girls.
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Dance With Ms. Roquemore
Ms. Maya Roquemore was born and raised in Albany, Ga. Ms. Roquemore first sparked an interest in Dance at the tender of age 3. By the age of 6, Ms. Roquemore began taking professional dance lessons under the direction of Ms. Karen Harper. Ms. Roquemore cultivated her love for dance throughout the community, church, and school. Ms. Roquemore has over 10 years of training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Pointe. At the age of 10, Ms. Roquemore studied Dance at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, New York for 2 consecutive winters. Ms. Roquemore is also a musician and played the flute in the band and also served as drum major throughout high school. It wasn’t until college, where Ms. Roquemore found her passion for technique and training, in which she is still actively training dance teams to date. Ms. Roquemore is a 2014 Fall graduate of the Unsinkable Albany State University where she majored in Health and Human Performance. While at ASU, Ms. Roquemore was the 2011 Golden Passionette Captain, a member of the ASU Platinum Divas dance team, and a member of the Panthers Arena Football dance team. While in college, Ms. Roquemore found her love for children while volunteering at the ASU Early Learning Center. Ms. Roquemore later became a paraprofessional in Atlanta, Ga and began her teaching career. She also began teaching ballet, jazz, and majorette classes at Main Attractions Dance Studio in College Park, Ga. Ms. Roquemore is excited and thrilled to be a part of the North Metro Academy of Performing Arts Family.