What's Going On In Class
Kudos to our students who performed with the Mays High School Orchestra at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on March 1st.
Congratulations to our orchestra for earning Straight Superiors at the Georgia Music Educator's Association Large Group Performance Evaluation held at Alpharetta High School on Feb. 14t.
String Fling is May 3rd and the dress rehearsal is Saturday April 28th. Repetoire is Them and Us, Rock On, and Sahara Crossing.
Mr. Herndon is presently serving his 7th year as orchestra director and guitar instructor at Jean Childs Young Middle School. He was inspired to become a teacher while serving in AmeriCorps where he taught environmental education in metro Atlanta classrooms. He continued this work at the Environmental Protection Division of GA until he realized he was meant to be a classroom teacher. Originally interested in science, Mr. Herndon felt his talent for music would be a creative way to reach children in the classroom.
Mr. Herndon believes in the connection between art, music, math, and science and strives to integrate knowledge from these fields in his teaching. For the last two summers, Mr. Herndon has taught, in partnership with the Atlanta Partnership for the Arts in Learning (APAL) and Georgia Institute of Technology, the Zooz Beat and Urban Remix Apps developed for iPods. Students engage the creative process through critical thinking about sound, art, geometry, and math.
Mr. Herndon is currently the Atlanta Ambassador for the national non-profit Little Kids Rock. Little Kids Rock transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in our public schools. Mr. Herndon facilitates communication and resources amongst 24 schools in 4 districts reaching 2,500 students.
In addition to his teaching endeavors, Mr. Herndon is the guitarist and vocalist for the local rock group the Expats, a private studio teacher of guitar at Carere music, and proud coach of his daughter’s soccer team the Grasshoppers.
BM, Music Education, Georgia State University - Magna cum Laude
MED, Educational leadership, Kennesaw State University
I am an educator because I believe that we all are artists, dreamers, poets, and musicians. Every person can learn to engage creativity. I believe that all members of our society should participate in the arts. I believe every child can be creative and use their unique creativity to make connections to the world around them. I want the children we teach to see that math and science are creative endeavors and that music and art can be scientific and mathematical. I want children to explore their inner space and creative process to recognize patterns and order in the world with the hope of instilling the confidence to be curious and flexible in their thinking. As educators, our intent should be to create environments where our students and colleagues can consistently engage in experiences that lead to excellence, demonstrable goodness, and happiness. The more we can engage the senses, the heart, the mind, and the more we can turn people on to the world of ideas and creativity, the world within, the better this world will be.