Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts

    Visual Arts @ NMAPA

    The Visual Arts program at NMAPA is led by Ms. Amina Person, a veteran Art educator who brings passion and creativity to our institution. Throughout the year, scholars will learn to develop aesthetic awareness, imagination, perception and culture understanding through a variety of interactive activities. Together, scholars will foster their creative abilities as they learn self expression, build confidence and improve discipline. They will demonstrate craftsmanship and practice responsibility, work habits and safety procedures in the Art Studio.

            Ms. Person, Visual Arts

    Originally from Atlanta, GA, Amina Person grew up in Fayette County. She attended Sandy Creek High School and graduated from The University of West Georgia with a degree in Studio Arts. Amina has over six  years experience teaching children how to express themselves creatively by getting to know the artist within. 


    This is Ms. Person’s second year teaching Visual Arts at North Metro Academy of Performing Arts. She has taught children aged 4-16.

    Amina Person is a talented visual artist whose work has been featured  in numerous art  showcases in Atlanta. 


    Physical Education @ NMAPA

    At NMAPA, Physical Education goes beyond sports. We get EVERY child moving with our fitness-based curriculum and engaging activities that provide an opportunity for ALL scholars to be successful.

    Students are expected to be respectful, responsible and safe while enjoying movement, teamwork and sportsmanship with their peers.

    NMAPA was awarded a Georgia Society of Health and Physical Education Grant during the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, students will have the unique opportunity to see their hearts in action with the Polar OH1 heart rate monitoring system and Polar GoFit.

              Coach Jones, Physical Education

    Coach Jones, Physical Education

    Coach Jones was born and raised in  Flowery Branch, Georgia, home of the Atlanta Falcons. In his first year at NMAPA, he  was named the 2018-2019 NMAPA Teacher of the Year. 

    An avid outdoorsman, Coach Jones is also a certified Personal Trainer and has helped clients achieve their fitness goals for more than five years. 

    Coach Jones is a proud husband and the father or two little girls.  


    Dance @ NMAPA 

    Dance at North Metro Academy of Performing Arts is based on the philosophy that every scholar will have the opportunity to Discover And Nurture Creative Expression (D.A.N.C.E.) through the integration of academics and movement. 

    With each lesson, elements of the core curriculum are tied to facets of dance like terminology, technique, choreography and stage etiquette. From interactive games to online engagement, scholars collaborate to learn new things as they are exposed to a variety of dance styles like Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet as well as African and Latin dance styles. Most importantly, scholars are encouraged to have fun and discover what they can appreciate about dance for themselves.

    Ms. Charity, Dance

    Charity Johnson

    Ms. Charity  is a multi-talented singer, dancer, twirler and coach with more than 30 years of performing arts training and performance experience in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Baton Twirling, Acrobatics and Fitness.

    She joins the NMAPA team after a 20-year career in corporate communications supporting  brands like Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola and UPS.

    Ms. Charity  is the former Head Coach for dance teams at Georgia State University and Georgia Tech. She has also choreographed for award-winning competition dance, twirling and cheer teams across metro Atlanta.. 

    Ms. Charity is a graduate of the University of Georgia (UGA) where she performed as the first Black majorette in the Redcoat Marching Band. She was also a captain of the Dance Dawgs basketball dance team.


    Music @ NMAPA

    “Tell me, I forget; show me, I remember; involve me, I understand”. – Carl Orff
    The approach to music education at the North Metro Academy of Performing Arts centers around students constantly doing and performing. Through a performance based curriculum, scholars not only learn to express themselves, but also listen to the world around them. Students use a variety of methods to perform as individuals and with others, from singing, to dancing, to playing instruments. Students are also encouraged to connect the cultural contexts of different styles of music as well as other artistic mediums and disciplines in order gain a more wholistic music education.


    Mr. Griffin, Music

    Mr. Zach Griffin is in his first year at the North Metro Academy of Performing Arts as the music teacher. A recent graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Griffin studied trumpet with Phil Smith and Brandon Craswell as well as conducting with Jaclyn Hartenberger and Michael Robinson. Mr. Griffin is an active performer and educator in the Atlanta and Athens area.
    Zach’s real passion, however, is teaching. He has kept a private trumpet studio of middle and high school students since 2015, many of whom have had success in performances and auditions while studying with Mr. Griffin. He has primarily taught instrumental and choral music at the secondary level, but is excited to bring his expertise and musical interests to the elementary level.