Summit

Presenters for the Sessions of Summit XVII

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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
 
PAUL KRETCHMER
Art Presenter
Paul Kretchmer is an art educator and tech Whisperer at Graham Elementary in Austin ISD. He joined CEDFA's cadre of educators in 2016 and is also a Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) Master Art Educator. Paul has a BFA from Texas State University and a Masters of Education in Educational Technology Leadership from Lamar University. Paul began his vocation as an art educator at Graham in 2004. In 2014 Paul was chosen as a TAEA "Leadership Scholar" and is currently serving as Awards Chair for the organization. Paul's passion for art and technology has overflowed to involve him in district curriculum writing, serving as Technology Committee chair for the AISD art department, and preparing district "Student Learning Objective" assessments for AISD's new appraisal system. In his first year Paul was chosen as an AISD "Teacher of Promise" and in 2009 he was the "Teacher of the Year" at Graham. Paul has presented professional development workshops such as "the iPad Art Experience" for AISD and other Texas districts. At his professional development for RRISD, participants dubbed him the "Tech Whisperer."
 
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!
SARAH PAGONA
Art Presenter
 
DARBY BOYD
High School Dance
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.
 
Lakeisha McGowen currently works as a Fundraising Consultant for Great American Opportunities and an Assistant Executive Director for Crowd Pleasers Dance, Inc. She served as the Director of Fine Arts in Alvin Independent School District for three years. She is active in the dance community as a TDEA DEAL committee member, a DEAL adjudicator and she also makes time to travel throughout the state presenting workshops, providing professional learning, judging, choreographing and directing dance events. Lakeisha received her B.S. degree in Dance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member of the SFA Repertory Dance Company. She earned a Masters of Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University. Lakeisha began her career as a Dance Teacher/Dance Team director at Hightower High School in Fort Bend ISD. In 2005, she became the founder of the Seven Lakes High School Dance Department and Sapphires Dance Team in Katy ISD. The Sapphires rapidly became one of the top dance teams in the state of Texas due to her outstanding leadership. Pursuing a new passion, Lakeisha began her role as an administrator at Seven Lakes in 2008. These new experiences led her to her new home in Alvin ISD in 2013 as the Fine Arts Director. Lakeisha focused her daily work on enriching the lives of students by providing support and resources for superior education in the arts. She developed and implemented a multitude of new fine arts programs in Alvin ISD. Recently, in the Fall 2015, Alvin ISD welcomed Junior High dance into its curriculum serving three of its six Junior High campuses. It her hope that Alvin ISD will incorporate dance education unanimously within the Junior High campuses beginning 2016. Lakeisha has had the opportunity to serve on various committees and participate in many professional organizations including: Texas Dance Educators Association Executive Board as Treasurer, 1st Vice President, President-Elect and President, The State Board of Education Framework review and standards rewriting committee, Houston Arts Partners, TMEA, TETA and TAEA. She is focusing her work with Crowd Pleasers Dance, Inc. on the developing and enriching the professional learning standards of summer workshops to better address the needs of dance educators and college students in hopes of ultimately enhancing student learning and achievement. Although her passion is infused into her work her most essential joy is her family. Lakeisha's husband Tracy, son Bradford and daughter Briley flood her life with love and laughter.
LAKEISHA MCGOWEN
Dance Presenter
 
KAREN SEARLES
Dance Presenter
Karen Searles fell in love with dance at the age 5 and began assistant teaching at a young age while in training at the Madison School of Ballet. This experience fueled a passion for teaching that has been the drive in her life ever since. She has trained in multiple styles of dance and keeps her training updated at workshops throughout the states. She has her BFA in Dance and BS in Dance Education with K-12 certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has 8-12 Dance certification and K-12 Physical Education certification in Texas. In Wisconsin she has served as Ballet Mistress and Studio Manager for A Step Above Dance Studio, taught at Storybook Ballet, choreographed for high school musicals, and served as Outreach Facilitator and Rehearsal Assistant for Madison Ballet. She was a professional dancer for Kanopy Dance Company and performed roles for Wisconsin Dance Ensemble, Madison Ballet, Jin-Wen Yu Dance Company, and Borealis Dance Company. Her choreography has been shown throughout the states, receiving numerous awards. She currently teaches Ballet, Jazz, Dance, and the new state course Dance & Media Communications, as Lead Program Teacher at Cedar Ridge High School in the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts as well as teaching at Cedar Park Dance Company. In Round Rock ISD, she has served with curriculum writing, instructional material adoption, and professional development on dance & technology. She was selected to be a Trailblazer in the NextGen pilot program of RRISD turning her classroom into an incubator for dance classes infused with various technologies and having her work published in various blogs, websites, and dance magazines. She has been the recipient of a TMEA Fine Arts, Arts & Digital Literacy, and Partners for Excellence in Education Grants. She was recently appointed as 4th Vice President of Texas Dance Educators' Association overseeing Assessments including the Dance Educators Assessment of Learning (DEAL) program and has presented numerous lessons on dance and technology while attending the TDEA Convention. She has attended CEDFA and the Arts & Digital Literacy Institute to further her professional development, both of which she will present at in summer 2016 and serves on an advisory board for Resources for Learning. She is the sponsor and director of the statewide student organization, Texas Future Dance Educators, and continues to act as an independent choreographer, judge, and master teacher as well as being a sought after presenter for groups around the state.
 
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.
ANDREA SOTO
Middle School Dance Presenter
 
LISA MOYA - KING
Dance Presenter
Lisa Moya-King - Director of Woodrow Dance Theatre and Adjunct Faculty at Mountain View College is originally from Houston, has studied various dance styles including Ballet, Tap, and Jazz from the early age but, it wasn't until taking a Modern Dance class at San Jacinto College South with Dr. Suzanne Oliver that she decided to major in Dance. Ms. Moya-King, transferred to Texas Woman's University to pursue her Dance degree. While studying at TWU, she performed with the International Dance Company and DanceWorks. In Spain, she also attended the Universidad de Salamanca. While in Spain, Ms. Moya-King studied Flamenco and performed with a local Flamenco Company. Upon returning to complete her senior year at TWU, she choreographed "Familia(r)." The piece was selected to be performed at Dallas Morning News Dance Festival. Immediately upon graduation, Ms. Moya-King, began her graduate degree at TWU and began teaching dance in Austin ISD eventually accepting a job offer in Dallas ISD. While pursuing her graduate degree, she performed with Daniel de Cordoba Bailes Espanoles. After 5 years at a middle school in DISD, she was asked to build a dance program from scratch at Woodrow Wilson High School. At Woodrow, Ms. Moya-King directs the Woodrow Wilson Sweethearts, Woodrow Dance Theatre, International Baccalaureate Diploma Dance and Latin Performance at Mountain View College. Ms. Moya-King, is has also been a guest artist for various conferences and universities in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Most recently, Ms. Moya King's dance program was featured in The Advocate Magazine, NPR, WFAA Channel 8 News and was selected as one of DISD's Top 100 Teachers Teacher of the Year 2015.
 
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.
CHRISTOPHER HANSON
High School Music Presenter
 
JULI SALZMAN
Elementary Music Presenter
Juli Salzman, Elementary Music Specialist at Northside Elementary in Angleton ISD for the past 10 years, has 16 years teaching experience in Louisiana and Texas schools. She is a Co-Director of the Summer Music Camp and the Lead Elementary Music Teacher in Angleton ISD. Mrs. Salzman has served TMEA in many capacities including Region Elementary Chair, Elementary Division Host, Presider, and Performing Group Organizer. Currently, she is a Vice-President and Elementary Division Chair of TMEA. Salzman is a founding member and former President of the Red Stick Chapter of AOSA, in Baton Rouge. Other professional affiliations include TCDA, AOSA, OAKE, TCEA, ARS, TI:ME, and SAIL-On. Salzman holds a B. A. from Arkansas Tech University and a M.M.Ed. from Louisiana State University. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Leadership with a focus on STEAM integration. Juli is married to John, a Vocational Adjustment Coordinator for Ft. Bend ISD. They have four children, James, Katie, Trenady, and Justin.
 
Laura Alexander-Wilson graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. With over 15 years of experience working with children in fine arts, she is currently in her thirteenth year teaching in Cypress Fairbanks ISD, where she has helped to build a strong theatre and speech program at Aragon Middle School. She hopes to help and support other educators throughout Texas by serving on the K12 committee for the Texas Educational Theatre Association two terms and has presented more than 20 workshops at TheatreFest and SummerFest. Laura served on two curriculum committees for CFISD and helped to write new scope and sequences for both theatre and speech that implement the new TEKS and incorporate Blooms Taxonomy. In 2014 Laura was named Spotlight teacher for her campus and in January 2016 was named K-8 Educator of the Year by the Texas Educational Theatre Association.
LAURA ALEXANDER - WILSON
Elementary / Middle School Theatre
 
MICHAEL AVILA
High School Theatre Presenter
MICHAEL AVILA was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his Master of Arts degree in Theatre at the University of Houston and graduated with honors (cum laude) from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Drama. Avila also studied at Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London; and Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. As an actor and director, he has worked in various artistic and administrative capacities at organizations throughout San Antonio, including Jump-Start Performance Co., the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and San Pedro Playhouse. From 2003 to 2012 he served as Stage Manager, Technical Director, and Director of the San Antonio holiday classic Las Nuevas Tamaleras. Avila began his career in educational theatre in 2002 at Southside High School. From 2008 to 2012 he served as Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Theatre Arts at Karen Wagner High School in the Judson Independent School District. In 2011 Avila was selected as a member of the Fine Arts Review Committee for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). As a theatre educator and UIL One-Act Play Director, Avila has directed students in numerous award-winning productions, including The Sins of Sor Juana, Our Leading Lady, Marisol, Antigone, The Diviners, Sueño, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, GREASE, Alice in Wonderland, Tartuffe, Little Shop of Horrors, Once on this Island, AIDA, The Beggar's Opera, and Dearly Departed. Most recently he directed the San Antonio premiere of Roxanne Schroeder-Arce's Mariachi Girl. Avila is a member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and is currently Director of Theatre Arts at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio Independent School District.
 
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 Se├▒ora 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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