Band Directors & Staff

Ms. Maria Menendez,CJHS Band Director

Ms. Menendez, a native of Ontario, Canada, joined the Carrollton City School System as a band director in 2014. After three years at Carrollton Upper Elementary School she joined the faculty at Carrollton Junior High School. Ms.Menendez is an active teacher, player and clinician outside of her daily schedule at Carrollton City Schools. In 2015 she presented at the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference in Athens, Georgia aimed at aiding young teachers beginning in the field. In 2018 she served as one of the guest conductors for the 2018 Fayette County Sixth Grade Honor Band.  Past awards include the Fred Factor Award (2016) awarded for going above and beyond as well as the University of West Georgia’s Graduate Studies Fellowship for Underrepresented Minority Students in 2017.  In 2019, Ms. Menendez was named the CJHS Teacher of the Year!

She is a graduate of South Paulding High School and attended Columbus State University where she earned her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education. While attending, Ms. Menendez was a member of the Columbus State University’s Trombone Choir, Trombone Octet, CSU Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra. During her senior year Ms. Menendez served as the president of CSU’s collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. In 2013, Ms. Menendez studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Additionally she spent seven weeks of her summer at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she worked as a counselor in the High School Girls’ division.

Recently, Ms. Menendez earned her Master’s in Music Education from the University of West Georgia and proudly resides here in Carrollton, Georgia.