Visual Arts, Ms. Sharpe
Ms. Sharpe wants to share a picture of the incredible work our Art Club has been working on this past semester (semester 2, 2018-2019). It is near completion and the final little details will be completed in the fall. These very talented young artists have created a beautiful mural that will be the focal point on our tool shed out in our community garden.
The amazing part about this project was that it brought my club together. This piece was all them, from start to finish. It is meant to represent and celebrate our cultures coming together and working together. The heart represents out community, the hands all holding it up to support our community and celebrate our vast cultures, the tree stemming from the heart represents us working together and growing together for our future. The clouds represent various continents around the world celebrating our past and our various cultures.
It has been a real pleasure to have worked with these young and very talented artists this year (not all of them are pictured here). If you see them today please congratulate them on their work.
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, 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.
Chorus, Candance Deller
Mrs. Deller is in her 10th year of teaching choral music at Summerour Middle School. It is her 14th year teaching in Gwinnett County Public Schools and 20th year total. Mrs. Deller-Melsen earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Choral Music Education from Central Michigan University. She also has completed a Specialist degree in Educational Administration.
As a professional singer, Mrs. Deller-Melsen has performed throughout the state of Michigan as well as Europe. She has served as a clinician for choral clinics and masterclasses in the state of Michigan as well as in Belgrade, Serbia.
Mrs. Deller-Melsen is a member of the following professional organizations: Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Band, Lawrence Williams
Mr. Lawrence Williams is the Assistant Band Director and Instructor of Music Technology at Summerour Middle School in Norcross, Ga in his second year of teaching. Mr. Williams is a native of New Orleans, LA and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2017. He obtained a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and a Music Business Certificate from the Terry College of Business. While at the University of Georgia, Mr. Williams served as Drum Major of the Redcoat Marching Band and worked with the Concert Bands and Tuba/Euphonium ensemble as a guest conductor. He also served as Vice President of the Collegiate National Association. Mr. Williams was most recently featured as a soloist in the University of Georgia’s 2018 Midfest Festival as well as the 2018 GMEA In-Service Conference. His studies include conducting with Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger as well as tuba with Mr. David Zerkel.
As an educator, Mr. Williams serves actively as a clinician, adjudicator, and private lessons instructor for both tuba and conducting. His professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators’ Association, National Association for Music Education, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Band, Rick Rodriguez
Mr. Rick Rodriguez is a music educator and freelance trombonist in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently in his 20th year of teaching music (7th year at Summerour). He holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University (2009) and also attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education (1992). Rick is currently serving as Director of Bands at Summerour Middle School in the Gwinnett County Public School system. Since arriving at Summerour in 2013, Mr. Rodriguez has increased enrollment in the band program to include over 260 students in four bands. The Summerour Symphonic Band has consistently earned Superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association, Large Group Performance Evaluation. Mr. Rodriguez is also on the teaching staff of the Rialto Jazz for Kids program, which is based at Georgia State University in the Rialto Theater Center for the Arts. Previously, Rick served as Director of Bands at Morningside, Mary Lin & Springdale Park Elementary schools and at Inman Middle School in the Atlanta Public Schools. He also served as a band director in the Austin (Texas) Independent School District.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Rick maintains an active performance schedule. He frequently performs with various ensembles, including the Joe Gransden Big Band, Moments Notice Big Band, Orquesta MaCuba, Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra and several variety bands in the metro area. Rick has performed with Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Phillip Mossman, Larry Harlow, Tony Vega, Paquito Guzman, Luisito Rosario, Kate Earl, 10,000 Maniacs, Joel Osteen, Patrick Davis and Francine Reed.
Rick resides in Peachtree Corners, GA with his wife Kelly. They have two children, Nick (24), Izzy (17) and a dog named Grits.