Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music Education from UNT Texas Educator Certification- All-Level Music
Carrie Atkins began her musical studies in her hometown of Albuquerque, NM where she began playing violin at age of 9. She found her passion for teaching orchestra as a Junior in high school where she helped teach young orchestra classes at the UNM Music Prep School. She moved to Denton in 1998 to study at the University of North Texas. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2002 with a degree in Music Education. She taught orchestra at Calhoun Middle School, Newton Rayzor Elementary and Borman Elementary before taking time to be home with her young children. Since then, she has also taught at Cross Oaks Elementary and worked as Master Teacher for the UNT String Project. She’s now the associate orchestra director at Denton High School as well as the orchestra teacher for the orchestras at Newton Rayzor and Evers Elementary Schools.
Mrs. Atkins currently lives in Denton with her husband, Jeremy, her daughter, Emery, her son, JJ, and their two dogs, Keats and Mona. Her first daughter, Joelle, was only with her family for 21 months, yet brought immense joy and love to everyone who met her. Mrs. Atkins loves to cook, play with her children, and watch sci-fi movies and television. She loves the outdoors and is excited to introduce her children to the adventures of camping and hiking.