Ms. Joli Brooks



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Joli Brooks

Subjects Taught

Music Theory I Honors and AP Music Theory

IB Music SL A & B

Chamber Orchestra Honors

Stringed Orchestra

  • Education

    -Bachelor of Music in Music Education:  East Carolina University
    -Master of School Administration:  
    East Carolina University
    -Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in 
    Music Education:  Boston University

    Areas of Licensure

    -Music, Grades K-12
    -Curriculum Instructional Specialist
    -Principal, Grades K-12
    -National Board Certified:  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood-Music


    Joli Brooks began playing the violin as a sixth grader in the public schools of Sanford, N.C. Ms. Brooks performed in the orchestra at Lee County Senior High School under Karen Huey. She studied violin at the Duke String School with Dorothy Kitchen, and with Dr. Rodney Schmidt at East Carolina University. There, she earned her degree in Music Education, and in 2003 also earned a Master of School Administration. In 2017, she earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Music Education from Boston University. She has taught orchestra in Lee, Harnett, and Onslow County school systems. Ms. Brooks has served as a clinician and adjudicator in North Carolina and Virginia, and has been host and chair of various state, regional and local activities for school orchestras. She is the former concertmaster of both the Lee County Community Orchestra and the Crystal Coast Community Orchestra, and continues to perform professionally with the Crystal Strings Quartet and the Harmonium Players of New Bern. Ms. Brooks is National Board Certified in the area of Early Adolescent through Young Adulthood Music, and has worked part-time for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She was selected by her peers as the 2012-2013 NCMEA Eastern Regional Director of the Year. In 2013, she was awarded both the Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement by the NC Symphony, and the Distinguished Alumna Award by the ECU School of Music Alumni Association.  Most recently, she was selected by the Board of Education as the 2018-2019 Onslow County Schools Arts Educator of the Year, and by Jacksonville High School as the 2019-2020 Mentor of the Year.  Her school orchestras consistently earn high ratings at state orchestra and small ensemble festivals, and many of her students each year earn music awards and scholarships. Ms. Brooks is the Director of Orchestras at Jacksonville High School, where she also teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory and International Baccalaureate Music, and serves as the director of the school's Creative and Performing Arts Academy. She is an adjunct instructor of music at Coastal Carolina Community College, and conducts the Coastal Carolina Community Orchestra. She and her husband, Jim Gillentine, live in Hubert.