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Sarkino Walker
Sarkino Walker




Sarkino Walker earned her Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, IL) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA).  She is currently in her sixteenth year as Director of Bands at Sandtown Middle School (Atlanta, GA).  Band students at Sandtown are musically well-rounded and have participated in various performances such as Symphony Hall Jazz Program (Atlanta, GA), Rialto Jazz for Kids Program (Georgia State University), Special guests for the Original Battle of the Bands, Duke Ellington’s School for Performing Arts, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and GMEA Performance Evaluations (superior ratings), just to name a few.  Prior to her current teaching position, Ms. Walker has served as Director of Bands at Saint Jude Catholic High School (Montgomery, AL), Sutton Middle School (Atlanta, GA), and Creekside High School (Fairburn, GA).  She is also the first known African-American female high school band director in Fulton County.

In 2001, Ms. Walker was elected Creekside High School’s “Teacher of the Year” and was voted “Teacher of the Year” again at Sandtown Middle School in 2011.  She is also a two-time recipient of “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”  Along with her current teaching responsibilities, Ms. Walker currently serves as Instrumental Director for Zion Hill Baptist Church and Ben Hill United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Her professional affiliations include the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, Music For All Education Advisory Team, and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.