The World-Class Lead Arts Educators of Guilford County Schools

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Ms. Kayla Dykes

Lead Elementary Visual Art Teacher

Kayla Dykes is originally from Alexandria, Virginia and has taught K-12 art for the past 10 years. She went to the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters of Art Teaching. In her summers in DC she worked in the education department of the National Building Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and taught digital photography The Madeira Boarding School. 

 

She started her teaching career in Loudoun County, Virginia teaching at Harmony Middle School, Potomac Falls High School and Park View High School. At Park View she had the opportunity to be department head and taught AP Art. 

 

Outside of school in Loudoun she was head coach of the scholastic rowing team at Stone Bridge High School for 5 years. In that time the team had multiple podium finishes at state championships as well as multiple qualifying and competing boats at nationals. 

 

Kayla moved to North Carolina in 2018 with her husband and started teaching at Pearce Elementary where she is now. They welcomed their baby girl Sofia into their family in 2019 and are now enjoying toddlerhood. In her free time she exercises and enjoys the outdoors with Sofia. 

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Ms. Gina Christoffel

Lead Elementary Visual Art Teacher

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Ms. Meg Anderson

Lead Elementary Music Teacher

 

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Mr. Jimmy Buchanan

Lead Middle School Choral Director

Mr. Buchanan is a native of the Western NC Mountains, and attended Freedom High School. He graduated with a bachelors degree in Vocal Music Education as well as a Masters of Music Education from Appalachian State University. Mr. Buchanan began teaching elementary music in GCS in 2004, and in 2006, he accepted a position at Eastern Guilford Middle School as Director of Choral Activities and Theatre Programs. He is currently continuing his work at Eastern Guilford Middle School.

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Ms. Amy Dobbins

Lead High School Choral Director

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Ms. Catherine Butler

Lead High School Choral Director

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Mr. Marshal Johnson

Lead High School Choral Director

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Ms. Donna Brotherton

Lead High School Choral Director

Weaver Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts has been home to Donna Brotherton for the past 14 years, where she serves as the director of The Weaver Academy Chorale. The Weaver Chorale has received many honors and awards under Ms. Brotherton’s leadership. Students from the Chorale have attended schools such as Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, UNC School of the Arts, Columbia University, Emerson College, New York University, and AMDA, along with many other US colleges and universities. Past Chorale members sing professionally in Europe, sing in Broadway touring productions, and are successful country, R&B, and gospel recording artists. Graduates work as attorneys, engineers, teachers, medical professionals, music therapists, and as business professionals of all kinds.

 The Chorale has consistently receive “superior” and “gold” ratings in each festival they participate in. The Chorale has been named “best overall” in many of these competitions and festivals. They have participated in Disney Festivals, Heritage Festivals, Fiestavals, and Music in the Parks in places such as Orlando, New York, Williamsburg, and Nashville. In each of these festivals, the Chorale has been able to participate in master classes given by the adjudicators of the event. They have participated in Heritage Festival’s Carnegie Hall Festival of Gold under the direction of Lynn Gackle and Anton Armstrong. In 2014 Weaver was selected from the choirs participating in the Carnegie Hall Festival to perform their own set of three pieces at the beginning of the program. They performed under the direction of Ms. Brotherton and received an enthusiastic standing ovation. In 2016 The Weaver Chorale traveled to Rome, and participated in the “Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma”, where they were privileged to perform at St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican, under the direction of Maestro Z. Randall Stroope. Ms. Brotherton has invited various college and university choral professors to work with The Chorale including professors from UNCG, Greensboro College, Appalachian University, and Westminster Choir College. Most recently, The Chorale returned from a trip to Nashville, where they performed at The Grand Ole Opry House, and received numerous awards and trophies in the Nashville Heritage Festival.

 Ms Brotherton is so proud of all of her students. She is proud not only of their success as musicians, but of their success as kind, caring individuals. Ms. Brotherton believes that The Weaver Academy Chorale is a family, and singing as a part of this family is always a joyous occasion. Ms. Brotherton believes that

music education provides students with life skills they can use throughout the rest of their lives, regardless of their various career paths. Ms. Brotherton believes that arts education exposes students to aesthetic beauty in the world around them, which helps students develop into more sensitive, caring, and conscientious individuals. Days in the choir classroom at Weaver Academy are filled with fun, friendship, hard work, and a dedication to the creation of beautiful music.

 Ms. Brotherton holds a Masters in Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelors degree in Vocal Music Performance from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Brotherton has taught music at all levels including Preschool “Kindermusik” classes, private “Suzuki” piano lessons, University level voice and piano classes, private traditional piano lessons and private voice lessons. Ms Brotherton had the privilege of providing music education to her own four children, as she taught music in their preschools and taught two of them as students in The Weaver Academy Chorale! Ms Brotherton enjoys accompanying as well as conducting and teaching. In addition to her days at The Weaver Academy, Ms. Brotherton serves as a part of the music staff at Jamestown Presbyterian Church.

 

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Mr. Joel Wenger

Lead Orchestra Director

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Mr. Ben Keith

Lead Middle School Band Director

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Mr. Joseph (Eddie) Deaton

Lead High School Band Director

Eddie Deaton currently holds the position of Director of Bands at his alma mater, Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro, NC, a post he has held since August 2008. He directs the school’s concert bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble and marching band, as well as the pit orchestra for the annual Spring Musical. While at Page, Mr. Deaton’s band students have consistently earned spots in honor bands in Central North Carolina and achieved multiple Superior ratings at Music Performance Adjudication events. His marching and jazz bands have performed at numerous community events in Greensboro, including parades, football games, professional conferences and corporate events. Prior to his appointment at Page, Mr. Deaton was the Band Director at Jordan-Matthews High School, Chatham Middle School and Silk Hope School in Chatham County, NC from 2005 - 2008.

Mr. Deaton previously served as the President of the Central District Bandmasters Association, a subdivision of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association that coordinates and runs honor band auditions, concert band festivals and other professional and student opportunities throughout the year. Previous to his election, he served for six years as the High School Auditions Chair, as well as several years as an at-large member of the executive board of directors. He has been honored to receive the district’s “Band Director of the Year” award twice (2017 and 2021), as voted on by his peers. While at Page High School, Mr. Deaton has been the recipient of the schools Teacher of the Year Award (2016-17) as well as the Page Spirit Award (2015-16), given annually to the faculty member that best exemplifies dedication to promoting a positive school culture at Page High School. He serves on and chairs the school’s Leadership Team, a post he has held for seven years over the past decade.

A native of Greensboro, NC, Mr. Deaton grew up as a musician in the bands at Mendenhall Middle School and Walter Hines Page High School, under the direction of Keith Burroughs and Edwin Kimbrough. Mr. Deaton holds a Bachelor of Music (with Distinction) in Music Education with a Second major in United States History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he regularly performed as a member of the university’s Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band and in the Crown Royals Brass Quintet. He studied Horn Performance with Pamela Halverson and Kimberly Van Pelt, as well as conducting with professors Tonu Kalam and Michael Votta. Mr. Deaton also received a Master of Arts in teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill, during which time he studied with Steven Lytle at East Chapel Hill High School.

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Ms. Amelia Byrd

Lead Dance Teacher

Amelia Renee Byrd (Memphis, TN) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre/Dance and a Bachelor of Professional Studies alongside a teaching licensure in K-12 Dance Education from the University of Memphis. Amelia was the Dance Educator at Colonial Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts and a member of Project: Motion Dance Collective in Memphis, TN. Amelia has presented work with Project: Motion, the University of Memphis Theatre and Dance Department, the UNC-Greensboro School of Dance, Playhouse on the Square’s Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory and the Greensboro Fringe Festival. Amelia is a 2014 graduate of UNC-Greensboro, receiving a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Dance/Choreography and is currently working as the Dance Educator at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point, NC and she also serves as co-lead Dance Educator for Guilford County Schools. Amelia is formerly a member of JOYEMOVEMENT, a dance company in Greensboro, NC having performed for four seasons. Amelia is also a board member for the North Carolina Dance Education Organization (NCDEO) serving in the position of Dance Advocacy. Amelia is currently in the 2021 cohort of the North Carolina Dance Festival’s Artists-In-Residence program where she is working on a solo/duo contemporary piece.

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Ms. Angie Greene

Lead Dance Teacher 

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Mrs. Linda Veneris

Lead Theatre Arts Teacher

Linda Veneris is the lead Theatre teacher for Guilford County Schools, and currently the theatre teacher at Western Guilford HS, where she is in her 20th year teaching theater. In 2020, Linda was inducted into the NC Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame.  She has been the Recipient of the Greensboro Police Chief’s award in 2013 for her work with Greensboro’s MSG 2 DIE 4 campaign creating crash simulations with emergency personnel. She serves as an Executive Board member for NC Educational Theatre Association as the Communications Director. She also helped co-found Greensboro’s Shakespeare in the Park, where she has directed and is often found creating makeup effects. Alumni of Western Carolina University and UNC-G theatre programs, and of the Barter Theatre (VA), Lincoln Amphitheatre (IN) and Lees-McRae Summer Theatre (NC), Linda loves to work in many different areas in the world of theatre from props to costumes, painting sets to acting and directing.