Welcome To Our New Teachers!
My name is Kasie Ryan Brooks, and I am the New Teacher Chair for the Middle School Choral Section. I want to welcome those of you who have been teaching for less than 3 years in North Carolina or if you are new to the state. We have a lot of exciting events that go on throughout the year and I am here to guide you. I will be glad to find someone in your county or surrounding county to serve as your mentor. That mentor would be someone you could call on if you have a question. I believe that it would be beneficial to set you up with a mentor so that you do not feel overwhelmed with all of your new responsibilities.
Please make sure that you join the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA). Joining NCMEA allows you and your students to participate in many events scheduled throughout the school year.
Once you join NCMEA, you will be able to participate in All-State Chorus, North Carolina Honors Chorus, Solo and/or Small Ensemble Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) and Large Choral MPA. Being a part of NCMEA also allows you to network with others in your profession. You can visit the website www.ncmea.net to access vital information throughout the school year and to register for your membership.
I also strongly encourage you to join the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). ACDA sponsors an annual fall conference, which is held at UNCC and offers excellent resources for new as well as seasoned teachers. ACDA also offers wonderful conferences that are designed primarily for choral directors and their choral program. For more information, you can visit http://www.acda.org.
Please let me know how I can help you stay informed and organized throughout your beginning years as a choral director.
Kasie Ryan Brooks
E-mail: [email protected]
School Address: 1127 Chalk Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587