Teaching couple takes Swiss trip

The Buckhead husband-and-wife music teaching team of North Atlanta High School’s Reginald Colbert and Sutton Middle School’s Natalie Colbert spend the last part of their summer vacation on an Alpine search for innovative music education strategies.

With a $9,500 grant from Fund for Teachers, the Colberts attended Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, which ended Aug. 2. The festival featured master classes, in which internationally known professionals were paired with students ages 18 to 30. The groups came together to perform at the end of the festival.

The Colberts’ goal was to gain insight into how to implement master classes at Atlanta schools.

“The most exciting thing about this trip is for Atlanta Public Schools to get this kind of opportunity to have teachers interacting with the highest level of professional performers in their subject area,” said Reginald Colbert, who coordinates North Atlanta’s Center for the Arts.

The Colberts want to help students envision a music career.

“We’ll be able to show our kids that it’s possible to have a goal to become a professional performer,” Reginald Colbert said. “We’re certain that through the intense study and observation of the master teachers’ coaching and rehearsal strategies, we can improve our own teaching skills in the classroom.”

He hopes to fund master classes in Atlanta through grant funding.

“We want to create a thirst for learning,” said Natalie Colbert, the orchestra director at Sutton. “This opportunity does not come every day.”

Christ the King gets $20,000 facelift grant

Christ the King School in Buckhead received a $20,000 grant for its Façade Restoration Project from the SunTrust-directed Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund on June 23.

The money will be used to help replace the school’s nearly 75-year-old windows, thereby stabilizing the building’s external integrity and improving energy efficiency and comfort in the classrooms.

Considered an architectural landmark, the school sits adjacent to the Cathedral of Christ the King on Peachtree Street.

Founded in 1937, Christ the King School is the oldest operating Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic school. In 2007, it was designated a Blue Ribbon School, marking the second time Christ the King received that award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lovett astronaut lands at Fernbank

Space shuttle astronaut Shane Kimbrough, a graduate of The Lovett School in Buckhead, visited the Fernbank Science Center this summer to speak with students of the Lockheed Aviation Camp and to the general public under NASA’s Hometown Hero Campaign.

Kimbrough, an Army lieutenant colonel, flew his first space mission aboard the shuttle Endeavor in November. He served as a mission specialist and performed two spacewalks totaling almost 13 hours outside the shuttle.

During his Fernbank presentation, Kimbrough shared photos and videos of the mission, then took time to meet with students, parents and teachers.