After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Jimmy accepted his first position as a general music/drama teaching position at Mt. Airy Jr. High School in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The following year, he accepted a position closer to home as the choral director at James B. Dudley High School, Greensboro, NC. His choirs at Dudley consistently earned superior ratings at state choral festivals and performance evaluations in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Jimmy continued to make a difference in the lives of others as the Founder of the Aycock Middle School Drumline (an integrated arts approach to enhance the academic achievement of at-risk students). During his graduate study he completed an Internship with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Women’s Choir. After receiving the master’s degree, he was appointed Director of Choral Activities at Barber-Scotia College.
Upon receipt of his doctorate degree, he accepted a position at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he served as the Music Program Coordinator and Music Education Coordinator in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at South Carolina State University. Following his employment with the University, he joined Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 and served as a K-12 music educator at Bethune Bowman Elementary/Middle and High Schools. During his time in Orangeburg, he became the Minister of Music at New Mt. Zion Baptist church in Orangeburg, SC. Additionally, he served as a choral director with the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 3 at Lake Marion High School & Technology Center in Santee, South Carolina, where his choirs earned superior performance ratings at the state level.
In 2013, Jimmy accepted a job with the Clayton County School System, Jonesboro, GA and relocated to the Atlanta Metro area to serve as choral director at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga. While at Lovejoy, he accomplished performance goals that the school, district and community had not seen in over a decade. He currently continues to serve the Clayton County School District at Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts.
Jimmy firmly believes that it is important to never give up on any student, because throughout his experiences, there was always someone providing him encouragement and support. He realizes that according to statistics, had he remained a high school drop-out, he would have been ineligible for 90% of the jobs in America. Jimmy also understands that had he not continued his education, he would have stood a very high chance of joining other high school drop-outs that make up over 80 percent of the incarcerated population. However, today he serves as an advocate for arts education and knows firsthand that people can be transformed and redirected if guided by their passion, which for him was music. As he moves forward, it is his sincere desire to continue having a servant attitude as he strives to make a difference in the lives of others.