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founder of Iac 


Dr. Marcy Thurmond Simmons has been a music educator for the past 27 years.  She is
currently a music specialist/integrationist in Atlanta Public Schools (APS).  As an educational
leader, she has provided leadership as a 2005 and 2017 Teacher of the Year, recipient of the
Excellence in Teaching Award, team leader for two elementary schools, an Inspiring Leader with
ArtsNOW,  Fostering an Arts Rich Education (F. A. R. E), the Assistant Business Manager and
Business Manager of the Atlanta Public Schools Elementary Honor Chorus, Consultant/
Presenter for McGraw-Hill and Associates and as a Master Teacher with the artsAPS
professional development project.

With leadership roles in program initiatives, she has been instrumental in supporting, developing and keeping Effective Teachers in Every Classroom by conducting professional development courses for new and veteran teachers. She recently authored and self-published her first curriculum guide for teachers entitled, What's the Cake? Teaching Music Across the
Curriculum Can Be a Piece of Cake.
Her love for the arts has afforded  her the opportunity to serve as a leader in Douglas County
through the establishment of Integrative Arts Creations, Inc.; a non-profit organization with the
goal of providing research-based methods to promote academic success via arts integration and
developing young artists who aspire to pursue careers in the arts industry.  She is presently building
her brand as a conduit for other creators to highlight their creativity via the current launching of
the Instagram TV discussion platform, “The Connecting Point with Dr. Marcy” and her new
consulting and promotions business, Dr. Marcy’s Connections, LLC.

Dr. Simmons has a BA in music/voice from Morris Brown College, a M. Ed in Curriculum and
Instruction from Coppin State University and an Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership from Walden
University.  She believes that “the arts provide a sure connection which joins all subject matter to help
develop the whole being and produce successful citizens in our global society.”




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