Summit

Presenters for the Sessions of Summit XVI

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Linda W. Fleetwood is the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) Director for the Texas Art Education Association and has been an art educator for 25 years. She has taught all levels of art and is currently the Visual Arts Director for North East ISD in San Antonio. During her time as an art educator she was awarded the Kerr County Walmart Teacher of the Year in 1999, the NISD Marshall High School Educator of the Year in 2008, the Northside ISD High School Educator of the Year in 2008, the TAEA Art Educator of the Year for 2014, and the NAEA Texas Art Educator of the Year for 2016. Linda served on the TEKS High School Art Revision Committee and in that capacity testified before the State Board of Education and conducted trainings all over the State. She has been a CEDFA cadre member since 2010 where she has helped instruct teachers in the understanding and application of the State TEKS Standards. Linda is the designer and administrator of TAEA/VASE's online juror training course where art judges are guided in the assessment of student artwork. Prior to education, she worked in commercial graphic design as an art director and then as a freelance artist. Her passion is for children to discover their inner creativity and have it encourage and inspire them. Her belief that success breeds success causes her to believe all students have the capacity to succeed; with the educator having the privilege to find their areas of strength.
LINDA FLEETWOOD
Administrators' Lead
 
JEN HOLSINGER - RAYBOURN
Elementary Art Presenter
Jen Holsinger-Raybourn is the Fine Arts Specialist at Spicewood Elementary an International Baccalaureate School in Round Rock ISD. Jen received her BA in Fine Arts Education from Oklahoma State University. Holsinger-Raybourn began her career in Museum Ed at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Ok. and has taught and written curriculum for both public and private institutions throughout her ten years in education. Upon moving to Austin, Tx. Jen was the founding Fine Arts Specialists at The Austin School of Performing and Visual Arts before joining Round Rock ISD as an Elementary specialist in 2011. Holsinger-Raybourn was the recipient of The Next Generation Digital Classroom in 2014 making her classroom a 1:1 iPad learning environment. A founding member of the Round Rock Art Education Association, Jen is in her third year as the Elementary President. An active member of both NAEA and TAEA, Jen has served on the TAEA Council At Large for three years and is the current Vice-President Elect of Youth Art Month.
 
Jessica Jones Gonzales is an art educator at Ronald Reagan High School in the North East Independent School District, San Antonio, TX. In her fifteen year career, she has taught Art I, Painting, and Drawing and currently teaches Pre AP Art I, Sculpture, AP Drawing, and AP 2D Design. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, she has served as an intern in the Picante Paper and Book Arts Studios at the Southwest School of Art and as a summer intern at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center for the "Make It New" exhibit. In 2008, Jessica and her AP Studio students were selected to create the Holiday Window for Artpace. In addition to teaching in North East ISD, she has taught art to children of all ages at the Corpus Christ Fine Arts Council, the Southwest School of Art, and Duke University TIP. Jessica is a passionate art educator who loves nurturing young artists and believes in the transformative power of engaging, meaningful art experiences. When not teaching, Jessica loves painting and spending time with her husband and seven year old herpetologist-to-be son.
JESSICA JONES - GONZALES
Secondary Art Presenter
 
SARAH PAGONA
Art Presenter
Sarah Pagona is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas, where she teaches Art I, Drawing, Painting, and AP Art History. She has her Bachelors in Art and a Masters in Teacher Leadership. She has been an Art Educator for 11 years. She also teaches photography in adult community education at the Southwest School of Art, and is a working artist. Her hobbies are art, music, and being a mom! She is truly delighted to be a part of a team that help students to become productive, active, and creative members of the 21st century!
 
Darby Boyd received her B.F.A. in dance performance from Southern Methodist University and has been teaching dance for over twenty years. She has directed multiple dance programs in the DFW area and currently in Katy, Texas at James E. Taylor High School. Under her direction her students have earned multiple national titles, awards, and her programs have doubled in size. Additionally, she has written, choreographed, and directed three full scale dance productions at Taylor High School ("Adventures in Paradise", "Journey under the Big Top", and "The Crown, the Wand, and the Cloak"). Darby has presented multiple director workshops at the Texas Dance Educators State Convention and has taught director workshops, leadership workshops, and has served as a dance adjudicator across the nation. She was the lead writer in creating curriculum for Katy ISD, and is currently writing curriculum for Aerial Dance. Darby believes that our programs and our students are extensions of who we are as educators. If we stay true to our strengths and believe anything is possible, our students will prove that it is.
DARBY BOYD
High School Dance
 
CHELSEA DOWDEN
High School Dance Presenter
Chelsea Dowden is a dance educator at Clear Falls High School in Clear Creek Independent School District located in League City, Texas. Chelsea graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in dance. She has been teaching Principals of Dance 1, Principals of Dance 2, Dance Composition, Dance Production, as well as the Emeralds dance team for 3 years. Chelsea is currently serving on her district's dance curriculum writing team to help rewrite the dance curriculum. She also served on her district's Instructional Resource Committee where she was able to assist selecting new resources for the Dance Departments in the district. Chelsea takes pride in her content connection as well as technology integration and is continuously looking for growth not only for herself, but also her students.
 
Lynn C. Reynolds began dancing as a young child and continued to make dance her life's work. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in Dance awarded from Sam Houston State University in 1990. She then taught dance for eight years at Longfellow Elementary School, a fine arts magnet school in the Houston Independent School District. While at Longfellow Reynolds taught creative movement, ballet, jazz and modern dance and directed the Longfellow Dance Troupe. She won several teaching awards including HISD Dance Educator of the Year, TAHPERD and SAAHPERD Dance Educator of the Year K-12, and an Honorable Mention for Dance Educator of the Year K-12 from the National Dance Association. Reynolds then taught for 12 years at West Briar Middle School in Houston ISD. She taught ballet, jazz, modern, dance, and hip hop and directed the West Briar Dance Company, West Briar Dance Ensemble, the Power Dance Team and FUSION, a coed dance company. During this time Reynolds was interviewed for two articles in Dance Teacher Magazine, "Boys Will be Boys" December 2011, and "Making a Safe Space for Dance", June 2013. During her 20 years of teaching public school dance Reynolds shared her knowledge in many conference workshops for TAHPERD, SAAHPERD, the National Dance Association, the National Dance Society and the Texas Dance Educators Association. She has written standards and curriculum for Houston ISD elementary and middle school dance programs, and also standards and curriculum for middle school dance in the state of Texas. She presented Texas middle school dance frameworks at the 2015 Texas Fine Arts Summit and the 2016 Texas Dance Educators Association conference, where she also presented "21st Century Skills in the Dance Classroom". Reynolds is a member of the National Dance Society and the National Dance Education Organization.
LYNN REYNOLDS
 
ANDREA SOTO
Middle School Dance Presenter
Andrea Soto graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas with a BA in Dance. While at UNT she earned the Dance Honor Award and performed at the National College Dance Festival in Washington DC. With over fifteen years of experience in dance education, she currently teaches at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson ISD, where she is the director of LHHS Folklorico, a student performing group specializing in traditional and contemporary Latin Dance forms. Prior to her work in RISD, Andrea built a distinguished and diverse dance program at L.V. Stockard Middle School in Dallas ISD. She has served on her campus leadership team for Fine Arts, and has written curriculum for DISD utilizing the new Middle School TEKS. With her extensive classical training, she provides students a strong technical foundation while emphasizing connections across genres and content areas. Her holistic approach creates a classroom culture that engages students in the collaborative, creative and evaluative process, as they discover how dance empowers their lives.
 
An educator for 24 years, Charles Aguillon is the Director of Fine Arts and Academic Enrichment for Lake Travis ISD in Austin. He oversees all music, art, theatre, and dance programs K-12 as well as Languages other than English and the UIL Academic program. Most recently Mr. Aguillon was the Associate Principal for Teaching and Learning at Georgetown East View High School. During the 17 years Mr. Aguillon was in Georgetown ISD he held the positions of middle school and high school band director, Director of Bands for Georgetown High School, and Director of Fine Arts for the Georgetown ISD during which time Georgetown was twice named to the "Best 100 Communities for Music in America." Prior to coming to Georgetown, Mr. Aguillon was a band director for San Marcos CISD for 3 years. Ensembles under his direction have received numerous awards and have appeared at the Texas State Marching Band Contest and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Aguillon holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from Texas State University-San Marcos as well as a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix where he has completed work toward a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Currently President of the Texas Music Educators Association Region 32, he has served as President of TMEA Region 18 and 26 and has served as TMEA Region 18 Band Chair. He is an active adjudicator and clinician. He is also currently serving on the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Music Technical Advisory Committee.
CHARLES AGUILLON
 
PENNY DAVIS
Elementary Music Presenter
Penny Davis has been a Music Educator for over 23 years. She has taught everything from Pre-Kinder music classes through High School Instrumental groups. But no matter what area she is working with, she has always been a dedicated teacher and advocate for the Fine Arts. Currently, she is in her 10th year at J.W. Webb Elementary School where she teaches Kinder - 5th grade music. She is a dedicated educator of all students and is well versed in the new TEKS (serving on the state adoption committee in 2011-12). She has been recognized from Teacher of the Year to earning multiple music and educational grants for her students. She is an active member of TMEA (serving as the Region 25 Elementary Chair), but Penny also serves on her campus (as a member of the Instructional Leadership Team) and in the district as the Elementary Music Coordinator for McKinney ISD (where she oversaw the writing and implementation of the district's Elementary Music Curriculum to align with the new TEKS). Penny holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education. She is also an established leader on her campus, district and the region. Her personality is demonstrated best by having the "You never fail, until you stop trying," attitude. Her leadership skills are grounded in communication abilities, mixed with a positive attitude. She is dedicated to teaching the whole child and changing the world, by keeping the kids involved in their education. Her students sing, play, read, write and move every day and know they are "making music"!
 
Mark Gurgel graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He holds a Masters in Music Education as well as Administrative Certification from Texas State University in San Marcos. Mr. Gurgel is in his 22nd year as Head Band Director of Kealing Middle School in the Austin Independent School District. He directs the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Beginning Band, and Pep Band and teaches beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone and trumpet classes. Since 2006, Mr. Gurgel has served as Vice President of the Region 18 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). In addition to TMEA, his musical affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and National Band Association. Yale University recognized Mr. Gurgel in June, 2013 as a Distinguished Music Educator and he participated in their summer symposium entitled: "The Role of Music Education in School Reform." The Kealing Middle School Wind Ensemble performed in Chicago at The Midwest Clinic in December, 2010 and in Indianapolis at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in March, 2013. The Kealing Band Program was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup in the Spring of 2011.
MARK GURGEL
High School Music Presenter
 
CHRISTOPHER HANSON
High School Music Presenter
Conductor, violinist, composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, Hanson enjoys performing with a large and eclectic group of ensembles in the state of Texas and abroad. Hanson holds three Masters Degrees from Texas State University in Music History, Music Theory, and Music Composition. He is currently working on his PhD in School Improvement at Texas State University, with a focus on teacher agency and the discourse between aesthetics and politics in public education. His research on African-American composer Edmond Dédé has afforded him an array of speaking engagements and publishing opportunities and several of his new chamber works for small string and wind ensembles received their debut performances in 2015. As a violinist, Hanson enjoys performing with the Sacred Ensemble with Dr. Shana Mashego, a collaborative project in which Hanson performs and arranges hymns for classical ensembles. Hanson currently resides in San Marcos, Texas and works as the Orchestra Director for San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD). Hanson is the founder and artistic director of the SMART Orchestra, a community-based orchestra created to encourage string education, established in the city of San Marcos in 2009. In the near future, Hanson hopes to continue his success at the podium by seeking more opportunities to study, perform, and teach through education initiatives.
 
Michele Hobizal grew up in Canyon, Texas and Deer Park, Texas. Hobizal earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree at Texas State University in San Marcos. She has recently received the distinguished alumni award from Texas State. Hobizal has been teaching elementary music for 25 years. Having previously taught in Pasadena ISD (A.B. Freeman), Bellville ISD, and Columbus ISD, she is currently one of the elementary music teachers at WoodCreek Elementary in Katy ISD. She was the 2000-2001 Teacher of the Year at her previous school, Hazel S. Pattison Elementary, in Katy ISD. Besides working as a music specialist in grades K-5, Hobizal is also the editor for the Katy ISD elementary music newsletter. Hobizal was also the executive assistant for the Katy ISD Elementary Honor Choir. This outstanding auditioned group has been invited to perform at the 2005 and 2011 TMEA Conventions. Hobizal has also served as the TMEA Region 23 elementary chair as well as a previous TMEA Elementary Vice President (2005-2007. Hobizal also serves as a cadre member for the Center for Educational Development in Fine Arts, an area coordinator for the Music Education Resource Network and has given numerous workshops as a clinician throughout the state of Texas. She is a member of TMEA, TCDA, MENC, The Organization of American Kodály Educators, and The American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Hobizal is married to Marcel Hobizal (a former band director of 21 years) who is now the Director of Training and Support Services for Equivalent Data.
MICHELE HOBIZAL
Elementary Music Presenter
 
MEGAN ALRUTZ
Megan Alrutz recently joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in applied theatre, theatre for social change, and digital storytelling. Previously, she was on the faculty of the University of Central Florida, where she led the MFA program in Theatre for Young Audiences for five years. Her creative and scholarly interests focus on applied theatre and theatre for young audiences, including school-based arts-integration, applied performance in non-traditional sites, devising and directing theatre and digital storytelling to explore issues of voice and identity, and developing new work that challenges and inspires dialogue. Megan works nationally as a facilitator for professional development in arts education and drama-based pedagogy, and was the founding director of ArtsBridge/UCF and Digital U, two Orlando-based applied arts/media programs for youth. Megan earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University where she focused on drama-based pedagogy for middle school science education.
 
Jordan's involvement with the fine arts really started his sophomore year and continuing for the rest of his time at James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas. After his involvement with the theatre program at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, he was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating from AADA, Jordan found his knack for video editing and producing by way of a friend requesting a video be made that she could send back home. Since then, he has been involved in many personal and professional projects including promotional, documentary, weddings, educational, and instructional as just some of the types of projects Jordan has been involved with in the 8 years he has been in video production. A professed self-taught editor, he uses his enthusiasm and creativity to fuel the projects he takes on, always challenging himself to use every aspect of the video process to enhance his final product. Currently Jordan is a Certified Medical Assistant working in a St. David's rehabilitation clinic and will begin working towards a nursing degree this summer. Even through school and now a full time job, he still finds the time for video production and editing to fulfill and strengthen his creative side.
JORDAN ARRENDONDO
 
ELIZABETH BISHOP
Elementary/Middle School Theatre Presenter
Liz Bishop is a Theatre teacher from Baumholder, Germany. She has been teaching in the Del Valle Independent School District for the past nine years. Liz earned her Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre from St. Edward's University in 2003, and her Master's in Education from Texas State University in 2006. This is her first time presenting at CEDFA, and she is thrilled to be amongst such amazing Fine Arts educators.
 
John Castilleja has been teaching Theatre Arts for 10 years at Edinburg North High School. He holds a BFA in Acting from the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design), and is a Master’s candidate at the University of Houston Summer MA program for Theatre Educators. For the past four years, John has written curriculum for both Middle School and High School Theatre Arts, and he has recently assisted in developing a district-wide assessment for the Theatre Arts programs of Edinburg CISD. Prior to working in Theatre Education, John worked in New York City acting in several Children’s Theatre productions and is a co-founder of Square Peg Theatre, a not-for-profit organization specializing in developing new and original works.
JOHN CASTILLEJA
High School Theatre Presenter
 
LAURA HAYGOOD
Elementary/Middle School Theatre Presenter
Laura Haygood teaches theatre at Navarro High School. She also supervises student teachers from Texas State University who are on their way to entering the profession. Laura holds a BFA in Theatre Education and a Masters in Directing from Texas State University. This is Laura's 29th year to teach in Texas public schools. Laura served on the TETA Curriculum Committee for several years and served as chair of the committee 2009-2012. More recently she worked on the TEKS Fine Arts Review Committee to revise the TEKS for Theatre Arts education in Texas. Laura has been a participant with CEDFA for many years. This is her first time as a presenter.
 
Roxanne Schroeder-Arce serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. Prior to her current appointment, she was Assistant Professor at Emerson College in Boston. She also served as Assistant Professor at California State University Fresno. Schroeder-Arce received her M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.S. degree and teaching credential from Emerson College. She taught high school theatre in Texas for six years and served as Artistic and Education Director of Teatro Humanidad in Austin for several years. Aside from her teaching, Roxanne is a director, performer, and playwright. Her bilingual plays have been presented to children and youth in theatres around the United States. Her plays Señora Tortuga, Legend of the Poinsettia, and Sangre de un Angel are published by Anchorage Press Plays, now Dramatic Publishing.
ROXANNE SCHROEDER - ARCE
High School Theatre Presenter
 
 

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