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May 17, 2020 770-993-2228
PORTIA HAWKINS NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR BY NORTH FULTON MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
ROSWELL, Ga. -- North Fulton Music Teachers Association (NFMTA) members presented Portia Hawkins the Teacher of the Year award at its May 12, 2020 meeting. The Teacher of the Year award is given to a teacher who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, a commitment to continued professional growth and who serves as a resource to her community.
Portia Shuler Hawkins holds degrees from Fisk University and Yale University School
Of Music. Hawkins has taught at several southeastern colleges and universities including Georgia
Perimeter College, Agnes Scott College, and Spelman College.
For many years, her CD,” African-American Sampler,” was heard on WABE-FM Radio, Atlanta and other public radio stations around the country. Her performances include: NPR’s “Performance Today”, Harriet Tubman Museum (Macon), several colleges and universities in Atlanta and the Southeast. Most recently she has performed at Lenbrook Retirement Community, Coventry Court Retirement Community which was sponsored by the Atlanta Music Club, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and Jubilee Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina.
She has served as an adjudicator for Georgia Music Educators Association and is a member and adjudicator for Georgia Music Teachers Association, Mu Phi Epsilon, National Federation of Music Clubs and The National Guild of Piano Teachers Association. She is also a member of the Atlanta Music Club and Metropolitan Musicians Association.
Mrs. Hawkins presently teaches privately at her piano studio in Roswell, Georgia. Her piano students have attended and graduated from Furman University, Southern University, University of Cincinnati, Princeton University, Shorter College, Clayton State College, Agnes Scott College and Oakwood University.
She has served as a member- at- large on the board of Georgia Music Teachers Association and was recently awarded a Teacher Grant to help her promote the piano music of classically trained African-American composers.