Presenters for the Pre-summit Sessions of Summit XVIII
Hilton Hotel Austin Airport
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Austin, Texas 78719, USA
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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.
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.
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."
MARY ELLEN (MEL) BASHAM
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?
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."
PAUL KRETCHMERArt Presenter
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OSCAR FRANCOElementary Music Presenter
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.
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 HANSONHigh School Music Presenter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - ARCEHigh School Theatre Presenter