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James  Simonds
Music Teacher
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Dr. Jim earned his BS in vocal music at Eastern Michigan University.  His MDiv is from Andrews University and his MSA is from UNC-Greensboro.  His DMin degree was earned at Carolina Graduate School of Divinity.


Dr. Jim has taught 8 years before coming to RES and he was a full-time pastor for part of his career as well.

As a teacher, he emphasizes active learning in the classroom.  Through singing, playing instruments, dancing, playing games, stories and more he hopes to motivate students to learn in a variety of ways.  He also likes to write units which combine music with core curriculum from the classrooms.

Watch for invitations to come hear what the students have learned in his class in mini-concerts that will be presented during the day.


Dr. Jim Simonds is from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Go Blue!  He and his wife and children moved to NC 21 years ago and have never looked back.  His wife and daughter are both private school teachers.  His son is a newspaper reporter.