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Jeremy Burns His faith is the factor that motivates North Laurel High School Choral Direc- tor Jeremy Burns and he reflects that in his everyday life. Burns now teaches at his alma mater after earning his bachelor's degree of mu- sic in education, Masters of Education in school counseling and Rank 1 in school counseling from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. He began his teaching career as a substitute teacher in the Laurel County School System but is now serving as choral director in the same room where he was once a stu- dent under his former teacher, Sue Ann Wright. Burns realizes that every student who enrolls in his choral classes will not be the newest "American Idol," but he feels that every student has an opportunity to learn music and appreciate its role in life. "Chorus teaches team building where students can encourage one another," he said. "They learn balance and how to blend in with others, learn to rely on one another and form relationships because of it. Many of the students use chorus class to build friends. It gives you a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose." He can list no specific preference to musical styles himself, quickly stating that he finds personal satisfaction in all types of music. Burns wants to share his passion with students so they too can find their place in the school and in life. "All I've ever wanted to do is teach music," he said, "and some of my biggest influences in life were my teachers, like Sue Wright and the staff at the University of the Cumberlands." His choral productions are not shy of his religious beliefs, often featuring gos- pel and inspirational songs. He uses that opportunity to enhance the musical and historical role of music to his students. Some of that motivation is derived from his deep faith. Burns serves as the youth pastor at First Christian Church in London, taking London’s Living Treasures Banquet 2019 on his position just this year. As youth pastor, Burns and his wife Laura teach the youth group on Wednesday and Sun- day evening services as well as teaching Sunday School on the Sabbath morning services. This position came after the Burns family attended and served in other churches across the community, but join- ing First Christian Church in the fall of 2017. The son of Ted and Charlotte Brewer of London, Burns and his wife have two children, Melody Lane and Max Colton. Burns also works with Brad Jones with Oasis Entertainment, where he as- sists with the sound for numerous events around the London area. He can be seen at Thursday Night Live, the Laurel Coun- ty Homecoming and musical events for London Downtown. "We also do the sound for proms, con- certs and weddings," Burns said. Burns is grateful for the opportunity to do the thing he loves - teach music - and hopes he inspires his students to appreci- ate the art of music. He holds himself to high standards before God as well as his students and peers. "I give all the glory for every bless- ing to Jesus Christ, our Savior," he said. "Through Christ, all things are possible." 37