PRE-SUMMIT SESSIONS for Summit XVIII

Hilton Hotel Austin Airport
9515 Hotel Drive
Austin, Texas 78719, USA
Tel: +1-512-385-6767    -    Fax: +1-512-385-6763

Pre Summit sessions are designed to give participants an in-depth study of the subject. Class size is limited. You must sign up for the pre summits at the time you register for the Texas Fine Arts Summit. These workshops are optional and cost $75.00 each. A meal is also included in the four-hour training that is covered by the cost of the Pre-Summit. You will receive four hours of CPE credit for each course.

Pre-Summit Registration will start at 9:00 am with the Pre-Summit Sessions starting at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 15.

  • Teaching About and Through Indigenous Arts
    presented by Oscar Franco, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Dr Mario Garza, Maria Rocha
    In her chapter Multicultural and Antibias Education in the book Rethinking Schools: An Agenda for Change, Louise Derman-Sparks speaks to the misguided approaches many schools in the U.S. take in educating underserved youth. Essentially, in an effort to help students to achieve more, schools expect assimilation and deny students' cultures, languages and experiences. In this interactive workshop, leaders will share the methods, challenges and successes of teaching native art, music, theatre and dance. Workshop participants will explore indigenous arts and create work together.
    Oscar Franco
    Oscar Franco is a teacher, director, and theatre maker. Oscar Franco served as an intern, now an instructor, with the Indigenous Cultures Institute Summer Arts Camp for the last 3 years. He has worked as a stage manager, director, actor and designer with various companies around Austin. He is a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin where he received a BFA in theatre education. Currently, he is an elementary teacher at KIPP Austin: Comunidad in Austin, TX where he teaches visual art, music, and theatre.
    Roxanne Schroeder - Arce
    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 SeƱora Tortuga, Legend of the Poinsettia, and Sangre de un Angel are published by Anchorage Press Plays, now Dramatic Publishing.
    Dr Mario Garza
    Dr. Mario Garza is a member of the Miakan-Garza Band, a state recognized American Indian tribe of Texas. He has a multidisciplinary Doctorate of Philosophy from Michigan State University in Social Science. His areas of concentration are Sociology, Political Science and Social Work. He has taught classes at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and Austin Community College. He has had a lifelong involvement in Native American issues including repatriation of remains and preservation of sacred sites. Dr. Garza retired from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and lives in San Marcos, Texas. He currently heads a nonprofit, Indigenous Cultures Institute, that his tribe founded in the San Marcos area.
    Maria Rocha

    Maria Rocha is the Executive Director of Indigenous Cultures Institute, a Native American organization that promotes the cultures of people indigenous to Texas and northern Mexico. She has over 30 years of management and organizational experience with governmental and nonprofit institutions. Through her efforts, ICI has grown from presenting six lectures in 2007, to successfully sustaining a ten-member volunteer staff and eleven major programs.

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  • Do you REALLY know how to develop Valid and Reliable Rubrics for Assessment?
    presented by Gladys Keeton
    Presentation Objectives: Participants will be able to:
    • Increase the quality of their student assessment by developing valid and reliable rubrics
    • Develop rubrics that are vocabulary specific
    • Design relevant assessments to support the Fine Arts TEKS
    Brief Description of Presentation:

    Learn how to develop specific relevant assessment rubrics that are not just checklists that will support the Fine Arts TEKS and student success.

    Rationale:

    Teachers and students MUST know what is to be evaluated before they begin their journey. Rubrics are assessment tools providing specific criteria and observable indicators that must be identified as an initial step in developing lessons. They are formally defined as scoring guides, consisting of specific pre-established criteria, used in assessing student work. Rubrics are rating scales developed for assessment that are more specific than checklists. Developing rubrics that provide specific vocabulary is a must. Vocabulary, such as, "Sometimes", "most of the time", and "rarely" will not describe specifically what a student needs to improve. Students do not understand how these terms can assist them in improving their work. Developing a grid and making it available as a tool for students' to use will provide scaffolding necessary to improve the quality of students' work and increase their knowledge for success.

    Gladys Keeton
    Gladys M. Keeton, Professor of Dance in the School of the Arts at Texas Woman's University since 1969 (recently retired). Professor Keeton teaches modern, ballroom, tap, cultural dance, children's dance, adapted dance, dance appreciation, interdisciplinary arts, pedagogy and supervisor of student teachers. She was founder, artistic director and performer of the TWU International Folk Dance Company for 37 years. The company performed and presented cultural lecture demonstrations for schools, conventions, civic and community events throughout Texas as well as out of state. Gladys is artist educator for the Texas Commission for the Arts conducting dance residencies in Texarkana for over 15 years emphasizing interdisciplinary learning for students and teachers in schools. She has also choreographed and conducted show choir and vocal dance workshops/summer camps at L.D. Bell High School, Denton High School, Springtown High School, Strickland Middle School, Guyer High School, Southwest State University, Texas Woman's University and elementary musicals. She choreographs for annual concerts and musicals, one of which received honorable mention from the Kennedy Center ACTF. Her scholarship includes over 200 presentations at national, district and state conventions. Gladys has authored two books and contributed to two other books. Recently, she was a co-writer for the Dance and Media Communication curriculum. Contributions to dance education are made through leadership positions in state, regional, and national organizations as well as being selected as a charter cadre member of the Texas Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts, Texas Education Agency Fine Arts Advisory Panel, State Review Panel for Dance Textbook Adoption, the State Board for Educator Certification Dance Standards Review committee, TExES Dance Content Exam and presently Item Writer for the new TExES Dance Content Exam committees. Gladys has been a presenter for over 17 years at the CEDFA Fine Arts Summit and Pre-Summits. She also conducts In-Service and Staff Development workshops for fine arts and classroom teachers in the public schools of Texas on a variety of topics. Recognition includes TAHPERD Brace Award (most prestigious award), Dance Heritage, Outstanding University Dance Educator, Honor, and PEPI Awards, Southern District AAHPERD Outstanding University Dance Educator Award, the Texas Dance Educator Association Hall of Fame Award, Drill Team Directors of America Lifetime Award and the Association for Retarded Citizens Outstanding Service Award. Other Awards include the TWU Distinction in Service and Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards, Outstanding Young Women of America Award, and the Association for Retarded Citizens Outstanding Service Award.
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  • EXPLORATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY ART
    presented by Samantha Melvin
    Engaging student artists with contemporary art provides them with current and relevant references for their creative process. Contemporary artists offer the opportunity to explore contemporary art thinking, connections to big ideas and views into artistic practice. Join us for thought, conversation and creative making. Please bring your sketchbook, favorite drawing/art supplies and laptop or iPad/phone for research and documentation of process. Art supplies will be available for specific techniques that can be adapted to your artistic style.
    Samantha Melvin
    Samantha Melvin is Membership-VP for the Texas Art Education Association. She was named a Distinguished Fellow for service to TAEA in 2015. She currently serves as a Trustee for the National Art Education Foundation. She has taught elementary art in Spring Branch ISD and Burnet CISD. Samantha now serves as an independent art education consultant to districts in Texas and Florida in addition to consulting with Davis Publications. As an art educator, she received numerous grants and awards that benefited her students directly: a recipient of two Crayola and NAESP Champion Creatively Alive Children grants, a Nickelodeon Big Green Help grant, multiple grants from Humanities Texas for exhibits, and Art Access grants from the Blanton Museum, facilitating school field trips for her students. Samantha sees how interdisciplinary thinking, creative and divergent outcomes through tactile experiences are essential to the development of the whole child. Samantha was named 2012 National Elementary Art Educator by the National Art Education Association. Active in local, regional, state and national art education initiatives, Samantha served as Western Region Elementary Division Representative for the National Art Education Association for two years. She coordinated the NAEA Instructional Resource Elementary Gallery in 2013 prior to revisions in visual art standards. She has served on the Purposes, Principles and Standards for School Art Programs Revision Committee and the NAEA Visual Arts as Core (Platform Writing) Committee. In 2011, Samantha was named Western Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year. She participated in the 2011 Art21 Educator Institute, which she wholeheartedly recommends to any educator. A recipient of the PBS Teachers Innovation Award in 2010, she served as a member of the advisory council for PBS Teachers. In 2009, Samantha received the Power of Art Award from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Lab School of Washington and was named TAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year. She serves as Visual Arts Cadre member for CEDFA, and has presented at CEDFA Summits in 2009-2013 and 2015-16. She was part of the curriculum writing team for TEA's Project Share Initiative, integrating Visual Arts with Math and Science. A practicing artist, her work has been exhibited in LA, TN and Texas.
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  • PROJECT BASED LEARNING IN THE FINE ARTS CLASSROOM
    presented by Lynn Reynolds
    Twenty first century skills require independent learning, collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity. How can teachers find lesson plans that incorporate all of these skills? Project based learning is the answer. Project based learning (PBL) is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges, and acquire a deeper knowledge. So how can fine arts classrooms participate in project based learning? How can dance innovate? How can theater solve the world's challenges? How can music explore real-world problems and art provide avenues to critical thinking? This presentation will take a deep look at how these questions might be answered. Teachers no longer serve in the traditional teaching role when classrooms engage in project based learning. What, then, is the role of fine arts teachers when their students begin PBL? Are they facilitators? Helpers? Classroom coaches? This presentation will take a deep look at the teacher's role in PBL and how we must prepare for it. This CEDFA presentation will
    • Define and discuss PBL;
    • Put participants in project groups to experience PBL from the students' point of view and
      • Choose topics for dance, theater, music and art PBL
      • Assume student roles of planning, collaborative research and writing
      • Assume student roles of presenting a project
    • Share in a group discussion of teacher's roles when creating, organizing and facilitating PBL in their classrooms.
    Lynn Reynolds
    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.
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  • Learning with the Whole Brain: Universal Design In Inclusive Classrooms
    presented by Celia Hughes
    Are you trying to adapt your classroom curricula to include the new 21st Century learner? This experiential workshop will help you look at your curricula through the lens of Universal Design for Learning, or "UDL." Today's students bring a wide variety of skills, needs, and interests to the classroom-learning environment. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Teaching and learning engage three primary brain networks: Recognition Networks, the "what" of learning, Strategic Networks, the "how" of learning and Affective Networks, the "why" of learning. The Principles of UDL follow these primary networks through 1) the presentation of information/content; 2) the action and expression of knowledge; and, 3) the engagement/motivation to learn. Participants will unpack each of the UDL guidelines to discuss their meanings and make connections back to their own teaching practices.
    Celia Hughes
    Celia Hughes, Executive Director of VSA Texas, has over 35 years experience working in the arts as teacher, producer, artist and administrator and has worked alongside people with diverse abilities for over 25 years. In 2011, she participated with the beta testing of an online graduate course by Lesley College in Cambridge, MA on Curriculum Design for Arts Teaching and Learning, promoting the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She has developed and conducted professional development workshops for fine arts, general education and special education teachers in Texas for over 18 years, and since 2006 has offered workshops focused on integrating arts in special education and inclusive classrooms. Ms. Hughes holds a Masters Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
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  • VIDEO 101
    presented by Jordan Arrendondo
    Add video to your bag of tricks and watch your students learn and create! This session will provide step-by-step instructions for making a video, from concept to completed project. Learn the "ins and outs" of video production and explore the video production process using iMovie as the operating system. From concept and connectors to uploading, storing, and managing files, this four-hour training will walk participants through the video production process in a hands-on environment. The participants will be introduced to every step of the process and produce a class video. This type of skill could be used for concerts, productions, public relations, and projects as well as lessons.
    Jordan Arrendondo
    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.
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  • Technology Boot Camp: Guerilla Skills for Arts Educators
    presented by Sherri Segovia
    Ready to incorporate technology in your classroom? This workshop will give you an overview of some tools and techniques you can use to add digital media tech savvy to your curriculum. No technology experience is necessary! We will cover three areas specifically related to fine arts education and you will get hands-on experience exploring digital apps and techniques. The workshop emphasizes everyday technology devices (bring your own laptop or pad) and accessible software applications.
    • Digital App Trends: Overview of most common FREE or inexpensive apps for artists. We will discuss what they are, what they do, and how you might use them in your classrooms. Topics include: digital and video photography, sound and voice recording, musician's toolbox, image/video editing and sound manipulation, storyboarding, and digital storytelling. Participants will choose a digital app specific to their discipline to upload and explore.
    • Social Dynamics: Implications of social sharing and uploading original media to online networking sites. Topics include: etiquette, fair use, appropriation, privacy, copyright, and creative commons, and their relevance in sharing original, self-produced creative media. Participants will gain experience creating an individual social media profile, uploading media, and engaging with others in a Google Classroom community.
    • Digital Performances: Broader considerations for integrating art presentation and performance using live-streaming and socially interactive elements. Topics will include a survey of best practices in digital media composition. Participants will create a group Vine.
    Sherri Segovia

    Sherri Segovia, Ph.D., is Senior Project Manager at Resources for Learning, LLC (RFL) where she conducts educational research, professional development, curriculum development, and program evaluations for K-12 fine arts education. Having led a dual career as a dancer/choreographer and corporate design director, Sherri's specialty blends traditional fine arts instruction with interactive media technologies. Her academic research involves human movement in videogame interaction and digital art. She has taught Basic Design Principles and Practices at the University of Texas at Dallas, and previously worked with RFL as a dance-technology curriculum writer and trainer for two years prior to joining full time.

    Presently, Sherri is Guest-Artist in Residence with Brookhaven College of Fine Arts for the 2015-16 cycle funded by the Takis Mouzenidis Endowment.

    Sherri has a Doctor of Philosophy in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California Irvine, and a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary's College of California.

    I believe it is essential that upcoming generations think deeply about our present media landscape, to understand its strengths as well as flaws, so that students can express themselves in these platforms in meaningful ways. Adding digital media technology to fine arts curriculum provides an element of art education that can enrich a student's toolbox for creating art, while also teaching thoughtful and creative ways to engage with a digital public.

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  • Learning in the Digital Age
    presented by Charles Aguillon
    Our students crave opportunities for study in an area that they are passionate about whether it be music, art, theater, or dance. The Arts and Digital Literacy courses provide opportunities for students to pursue their passion in the arts while becoming fluent in 21st Century skills. Participants will explore all the state-approved Arts and Digital Literacy courses and see real projects by students in Music and Media Communications, Art and Media Communications, Theater and Media Communications, and Dance and Media Communications. Teachers who have taught these courses will also be on hand to help answer questions. If you are thinking about offering these courses in your school, this is a great opportunity to see and hear the success stories!
    Charles Aguillon
    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.
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  • Envisioning a truly inclusive fine arts education: Promoting fine arts education as a way of understanding for all students
    presented by Christopher Hanson
    Join Hanson as you explore your personal and professional perspectives on fine arts education in public schools. As a participant in this session, you will be examining your understanding of the role of fine arts in public school curriculum, your philosophies of teaching and learning in both foundations and enrichment courses, your current methodologies for teaching and learning, the functional and operational definitions of inclusivity in education, and best practices for inclusive fine arts education. The goal of the session is to introduce teachers and administrators to a critical pedagogy of fine arts in public schools. Participants should leave the session with a clear idea of their position within the larger conversation of fine arts education and strategies for implementing inclusive models of learning and performance in their classroom.
    Christopher Hanson
    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.
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  • The iPad Art Experience
    presented by Paul Kretchmer
    You finally got an iPad, now what? ---iPads and Apple have a long history of use in digital arts. Join Paul Kretchmer of Austin ISD as he demonstrates practical applications of iPad use in the elementary art room. From how to employ a single device to small group and full class, The iPad Art Experience will give visual art faculty a hands-on approach and share apps to use. There will be a lot of useful information, as well as time for hands-on experience and exploration. Great opportunity for those gifted and talented students, yet can be used with any class. BYOD if you can.
    Paul Kretchmer
    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."
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  • NO BUDGET -- NO WORRIES -- HANDS ON MEANINGFUL ART MAKING FIND INSPIRATION IN EVERYDAY MATERIALS
    presented by Mary Ellen (mel) Basham, Suzanne Greene
    Come experience several art ideas that REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, AND UPCYCLE TO RECREATE AND TURN TRASH INTO TREASURE! Students learn to use found materials and objects as inspiration to create MEANINGFUL WORKS that engage their IMAGINATION and turn clutter into original creations! We will build a box, make a sketchbook, and discuss lessons to engage students in the creative process! BRING YOUR FAVORITE COLLAGE MATERIALS, GLUE, MASKING TAPE, SCISSORS, EXACTO KNIFE, RULER, OLD JEWELRY, AND PAPER SCRAPS.
    Mary Ellen (mel) Basham
    Mary Ellen (mel) Basham currently serves Texas Art Education Association as President-elect, State VASE College/University Liaison, Region 6 VASE Juror Foreman and Distinguished Fellow. Mel is also a member of the CEDFA Cadre. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Sam Houston State University, Mel began her teaching career in Aldine Independent School District where she developed an Advanced Placement Art History and Studio Art Program at MacArthur High School. After 18 years of teaching, she retired from Shepherd Independent School District where she taught Art 1-4 and was National Art Honor Society sponsor. Mel has also worked with young children as daycare owner/director and dance instructor. As an art educator, she believes teaching process is the most valuable lesson for students. Her philosophy is summarized in this quote by Claudia Betti: "In life as in art, the process is the point. If you take care of the process, the end product will take care of itself." As a practicing artist, Mel relates to Robert Henri's quote: "I am not interested in art as a means of making a living, but I am interested in art as a means of living a life. It is the most important of all studies and all other studies are tributary to it."
    Suzanne Greene
    Suzanne Greene currently serves the Texas Art Education Association as President, STATE JUNIOR VASE Direction and is a Distinguished Fellow. She has also served as VP for Membership, VP YAM., Middle School Chair and an area representative. After completing her BFA in Art Education All Levels at SMU, she went to Spring Branch ISD where she was a middle school teacher for forty years. "I believed in art in for every elementary school and achieved that goal in SBISD (many years later) with the help of others which was part of my goal when I started teaching." Suzanne was part of the three writers who developed the Digital Arts Communication Curriculum for art and is a Cadre member. Art has been the focus of her life and she want to give back what she has learned to share with others. Without the Arts where could one express themselves?
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  • Create a Buzz: Keys to Hosting a Community-Wide Fine Arts Event
    presented by Jenny Parry, Catherine Zink, Kara Martinez, Javier Barbosa, Sarah Harvey, Ali Wagner-Garza
    Our schools are often the arts centers for our communities, serving parents and neighbors as well as students. A community-centered arts event can foster a love for music, dance, theatre, and visual arts while strengthening ties to the larger community. Come learn the nuts and bolts of creating a fun-filled event that gets everyone involved in the arts! It's great publicity for your school and gives students a new audience. For the past four years, the Del Valle ISD Fine Arts Department has hosted a well-attended DVISD Fine Arts Event. This event began in March 2014 and has been a community tradition ever since. This free event is designed to showcase the talents and dedication of Del Valle ISD fine arts students, with the goal of promoting arts advocacy and community involvement. The event is a huge success with more than 1,600 kindergarten through 12th graders from across the district participating, and more than 2,000 community members in attendance.
    Jenny Parry
    Jenny Parry currently serves Del Valle ISD as the Fine Arts Coordinator. Jenny taught visual arts for Del Valle ISD at the elementary level starting in 2003 and then the high school level beginning in 2009. She also worked professionally as a visual artist prior to entering arts administration in 2014. As an elementary and high school art teacher in Del Valle ISD, her passion for the students and community led her to create the Del Valle ISD Fine Arts Event in 2014 - an annual district wide fine arts festival for students, parents, and the community. In 2014 Jenny became the first Del Valle ISD coordinator for the fine arts. In this role, Jenny supports curriculum and instruction in all K-12 fine arts strands including band, choir, dance, general music, theatre, and visual arts. She coordinates curriculum alignment, performs campus visits, supports principals and teachers, works to expand and enhance fine arts programs during school and after school, and coordinates all Del Valle ISD fine arts staff development and district-wide events. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Visual Art Studies from the University of North Texas and a Master of Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. She is an advocate for excellence in fine arts education and is strongly committed to supporting quality fine arts education in Del Valle ISD. Her goal is to enrich the lives of every Del Valle ISD student, parent, and teacher with quality fine arts opportunities and experiences.
    Catherine Zink
    Catherine Zink, Del Valle High School Dance Teacher and Hospitality Committee Chair, was born and raised in Austin. She started dancing at the age of three at Barbra Lynn Dance Studio and never stopped. She performed with the Footnotes Dance Company, competing in many state competitions. Catherine attended Austin High School where she served as a Junior Lieutenant and then Captain of the Red Jackets. While on Red Jackets, she grew as a person, as a dancer, and learned more of her passion for dancing, performing and teaching others. From a very early age she knew she wanted to show her love of dance to others and be a teacher. After high school she attended Texas State University, where she majored in Dance Education. After graduating from Texas State, Catherine was hired to teach dance at Del Valle High School, where she has been for seven years. She is honored to be able to call herself the Director of the Cardinal Belles and Cardettes dance team. "These young ladies are truly an exceptional group of talented, hardworking and dedicated girls that I am blessed to be able to call my extended family," Catherine says.
    Kara Martinez
    Kara Martinez is Dance teacher and dance performance committee co-chair at Del Valle ISD. She was born and raised in Killeen, where she began her dancing career. While living in Killeen she danced for ten years at Dance Extreme's top company, and also participated as a member and officer on the Harker Heights High School Crimson Belles drill team. After high school she received a dance scholarship to McLennan Community College in Waco. While at McLennan, Kara was able to compete at the highest level of collegiate dance, reaching second place at National Dance Alliance in 2005. She then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the UT dance team, as well as the executive director for the 2008-2009 school year. Kara graduated with honors from UT with a BA in Theatre and Dance and a minor in kinesiology. She began teaching at MA Dance Project in Cedar Park and The Dance Spot in Round Rock. "I have been immersed in dance for many years and it is a passion of mine that I emulate in my teaching," Kara says. "I'm excited to join the Del Valle ISD team!"
    Javier Barbosa
    Javier Barbosa is lead Art Teacher at Del Valle High School and Art Exhibition Committee Chair. He has been teaching for an amazing 20 years and the last 12 years have been in Cardinal Pride Country!! At the University of San Antonio (UTSA), Javier received his BFA. This amazing university prepared him for his passion in life. As an artist, Javier is mainly attracted to painting but drawing is a close second. He describes himself as a colorist. His heart leads him to paint from emotion and inner passion. As a retired Army veteran, Javier has experienced several different duty positions and challenges, but one position that has helped him the most as an art educator was when he was an instructor of leadership courses. His favorite thing about teaching is being around wonderful young minds that have the same love for ART as he does. His favorite thing about teaching in Del Valle is that he has met and influenced a large majority of students to feel and understand the same type of love for Art. In his free time Javier is a lawn care specialist, fish pond caretaker, and weekend BBQ master.
    Sarah Harvey
    Sarah Harvey is Theatre Teacher and Performing Arts- Auditorium Committee Chair. She graduated from Texas State University in 2011 and has been teaching Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre for the past five years. She has spent five summers working for Texas State University's Summer Theatre Camp. She currently serves as the Technical Theatre Director at Del Valle High School. Sarah is also in the MFA graduate program at The University of Houston, where she plans on obtaining her Masters in Theatre.
    Ali Wagner - Garza
    Ali Wagner-Garza is Elementary Music Teacher and Performing Arts- 9th Grade Center Committee Chair. She studied voice and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas State University in 2010. After graduation, she was a librarian for a year while completing her teaching certification through ACT Houston. Wagner taught elementary music in Killeen ISD for one year, and then moved to her current position in Del Valle ISD at Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary, where she has been teaching for the last four years. She is currently in Kodaly training and has completed the first level. Along with teaching in the classroom, she teaches choir and piano after school, and has been the Music Director for Del Valle High School's musical productions the past two years. Her primary instrument is voice, but Wagner also plays guitar and is an active musician in the Austin music scene.
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