Join the 2024 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Christy Todd, and host Jazzmone Sutton as they discuss how to expand community engagement to meet the needs and goals of the students that we serve.

Guest Bio: 

Named the 2024 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Christy Todd is passionate about building opportunities for all kids to create; so much so that she founded the Fayette County Public Schools Community for Creativity initiative. She currently facilitates the program at Rising Starr Middle School (Fayetteville, GA), where she supports student creation of songs, podcasts, videos, games, audio books and more, which are then released through the school’s entertainment label (  

Previously, she taught chorus at both the middle and high school levels, where choirs under her direction performed at conferences for the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Georgia School Superintendents Association, the Georgia Middle School Association, and the Shuler Hensley Awards.  She has authored articles and research for publications including the National Association for Middle Level Education, Music Educators Journal, and the International Society of Music Education. Special recognitions include being named Fayette County Public Schools Teacher of the Year (2022), Georgia Middle School Association’s Teacher of the Year (2016) and was selected as a national quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Teacher of the Year Award (2013). She received degrees in music education and choral conducting from Shorter College and Florida State University.  


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April 2024 Teaching Music


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