Andrew W. Geocaris

Title: Music Teacher
Company: Cobb County School District
Location: Marietta, Georgia, United States

Andrew Geocaris, Music Teacher at Cobb County School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in elementary school music instruction.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in music education, magna cum laude, in 2006 from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mr. Geocaris continued his education with a Master of Music, summa cum laude, in music performance in 2009 from Georgia State University in Atlanta. There, he was awarded a graduate assistantship for the Writing Across the Curriculum Program.

Mr. Geocaris began his career in music instruction in 2009 as an interim general music and beginning band teacher for Grades K through 5 with Crabapple Crossing Elementary School. He then excelled from 2010 to 2012 as director of orchestras with the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program with Tri-Cities High School. Since 2012, he has flourished as a music teacher in grades K through 5 and Choral director for Rocky Mount Elementary School in the Cobb County school district. Additionally, since 2002 he has provided superior education as a low brass instructor in private practice. Mr. Geocaris was named Teacher of the Year by Rocky Mountain Elementary School for the 2017-2018 school year and earned first place in the Lowell Mason House National Competition for Virtual Music Lesson Plans, Elementary Division in 2021.

 In addition to teaching music, Mr. Geocaris has thrived as a euphonium section leader with the Cobb Wind Symphony from 2012 to 2020 and substitute euphonium and baritone with the Georgia Brass Band from 2012 to 2018. He has served as a staff member and scheduling coordinator with the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival from 2014 to the present and a substitute children’s ministry teacher with Stonebridge Church from 2019 to the present.

Mr. Geocaris attributes his success to his mindset of looking for new experiences and opportunities that he could bring to students for them to experience music and to develop a love for music. His middle school band director, Keith Carlson, that inspired him to pursue music. He fostered a love for music in him, and it inspired him to share it with others.

As a career highlight, Mr. Geocaris is most proud that he was able to help keep music in the forefront of students’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, not just for his students, but for all students across the district. He led a team of art and music teachers over the summer months in authoring asynchronous art and music courses for the virtual students. He was adamant that they need art and music teachers creating good content that the students can do asynchronously. In the coming years, Mr. Geocaris would like to pursue fine arts administration and continue to do things that are at the district level that can keep fine arts in the lives of a larger population of students.

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