Dance With Mr. Givan
Jaylon Givan (CEO/Founder of Givan You) is a professional dancer and educator from the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Givan is a founding graduate of the Alabama State University BFA Dance Program. 2021-22 is Mr. Givan’s first year teaching dance at North Metro Academy of Performing Arts and 3rd year in the education field. Givan has trained at prestigious institutions such as Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Xcel Talent Agency & Studios to name a few. Throughout his professional career thus far, Givan danced and created significant roles while with Urban Souls Dance Company, Dissonance Dance Theatre and Montgomery Ballet. Jaylon’s career convincing moment was being chosen as a collegiate freshman (with little to no training) to represent his school and the entire southern region at ACDFA Nationals in Washington D.C. held at the John F. Kennedy Center.
Givan has taught dance for over seven years. Most of his work has stemmed directly in the field of dance and within communities all over the U.S (New York, California, Maryland, etc). Mr. Givan is and will be excited to continue to develop and inspire the youth through the arts.
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 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.
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.