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Jaime Amanda Martinez

Area of Ministry

The primary goal of children’s choir in a church setting is to help kids learn to share God’s stories and lead the congregation through song. It’s also a great place to build lifelong skills in and love for music. In order to accomplish both those goals, children’s choir needs to be a community--a place where kids feel loved and supported, where they build relationships and trust by making music together, and where they have opportunities to grow both musically and spiritually.

Education

B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2001
M.A., University of Virginia, 2003
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2008
Choristers’ Guild Institute Certified Teacher of Young Singers, 2018

Previous Lines of Work

Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2008-present (current)
Interim Christian Education Coordinator, Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 2016-2018
Children’s Choir Director, Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 2013-2018

Fun Facts

In my free time, I like to...read, bake, travel, and listen to great choral music.

The best advice I’ve ever received is...that my job, as a teacher, is to help each student progress one step forward. We don’t have to go from zero to 100 in one semester. Not everyone is going to advance at the same rate. But everyone has the capacity to learn and grow--and that includes the teacher.

If I could get coffee with one person, living or dead, it would be...any former student doing something with their education that they find meaningful or exciting.