Teacher in Focus: Andrea Chitwood

by Celia Shortt

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Andrea Chitwood, Music Specialist, Canongate Elementary


Andrea Chitwood, “Mrs. C,” is the Music Specialist at Canongate Elementary School. This year is her sixth of teaching.

Why did you become a teacher? 

I always knew I wanted to be a music teacher. My high school chorus teacher played a huge role in that. She was encouraging, supportive, and showed us all the possibilities. I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Where have you taught? 

I taught in Arlington, Texas, while my husband was in seminary. We moved to Chatsworth, Georgia, and I taught there until I took a break to be home with my girls. I’ve been at Canongate for two and half years.

What is the best part of being a teacher? 

I love the moment when they shine. They’ve worked hard for something, and they get it - the moment when everything clicks together. Also, exposing them to the possibilities music can bring.

What is your family like? 

I’ve been married to my husband for almost 20 years. He is the music minister at First Baptist Church. We have two daughters. One is a student at Madras Middle School, and other is a student at Newnan High School.

If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing? 

It would have to be something with music because it was my constant growing up. I was involved in music at church and school. If it had to do with music, I was there.

What do you do when you are not teaching? 

I usually do something with music. I help with the youth choir at church and take them on tour. I teach children’s choir and sing with a group through the Georgia Baptist Convention. I also love to decorate and spend time with my family. We try to be intentional about making memories - whatever they may be.

What is the one thing you want your students to learn? 

On the elementary level, I feel my job is to introduce them to music and what is out there. I want them to fall in love with music.

What is your favorite movie? 

The Sound of Music

What is your favorite song? 

Right now, my top three are: The Pentatonix version of “The Little Drummer Boy,” Nat King Cole’s “A Cradle in Bethlehem,” and hearing my students sing “Share Your Good Will.”



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