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Faculty Profile
Abe Okie
Fine Arts Teacher, Chorus
Abe Okie joined the WolfPack team in 2016 as Middle School and Upper School chorus director. Before arriving at Whitefield, he gained seven years of experience as worship director for St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and an additional six years of experience as choir director and music teacher at Woodstock School, a Christian boarding school in the Indian Himalayas. Okie has obtained a B.S. in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a B.A. in music education from Georgia State University, and a M.A. in psychology of music from the University of Sheffield.

On a professional note

Why Whitefield?
It's in Atlanta! After six years abroad I am excited to be back in a city that I know and love. On a more serious note, coming from a boarding school, it is refreshing to be part of an educational community in which I'm partnering with parents in raising students. I also have several friends and colleagues who have taught at Whitefield and have spoken very highly of the community and students here.

What I love about teaching:
Teaching music is actually an easy sell—people already know what it is and have a love for it in some form. Music is ubiquitous in our culture and it plays a particularly vital role in the lives of young people, so I enjoy helping students unpack something that is so meaningful to them. I also love the process of exposing young musicians to novel, exciting and challenging musical ideas and then pushing them to attempt something ambitious.

On a personal note

About my family:
My wife, Bethany is an actress, musician, teacher, and theatre director. She is also mom to Caroline, age 3.

Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia