Originally from Northwest Arkansas, Evelyn Diaz attended Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. Although she has experience working with children ages 2-15, this is her first year teaching.
This year, Miss Diaz will be starting the Spanish program at North Metro Academy of Performing Arts. Miss Diaz believes that Spanish goes beyond learning the language. She is thrilled to share her culture with all students and is eager to see her students grow in this cultural experience!
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 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.
The Fine Arts Program, spearheaded by Mrs. Ezike, will fuse Dance, Theater Arts, and African storytelling traditions to give students knowledge and confidence to be outstanding performers on and off the stage. Fine Arts will encompass various techniques in modern American and African aesthetics, Ballet, and Jazz. Mrs. Ezike looks forward to teaching children musical choreography and traditional folkloric song and dance.
Mrs. Ezike was a company dancer with New York-based PurElements, An Evolution In Dance, where she traveled to El Salvador to perform Broadway plays with a classical youth orchestra. She is currently certified in Baptiste Yoga and enjoys inspiring students in challenging creative movement environments and academics.
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 or two little girls.