Presenters for the Sessions of Summit XVIII

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Linda Johnson currently serves as a Program Manager in the Office of Educator Evaluation and Support at the Texas Education Agency. Her work involves overseeing all aspects of teacher and principal evaluation for the state. Prior to her work with Educator Leadership and Quality, she was an orchestra teacher, school principal, and a research assistant. A native of Austin, Ms. Johnson completed a Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Education Administration at Baylor University, and a Masters of Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. As an orchestra teacher, Ms. Johnson served as the TMEA Region 12 Orchestra Chair for several years and received district-level recognition for her work with special needs students. As principal, Ms. Johnson assisted with strengthening fine arts course offerings and improving the evaluation process for fine arts teachers while also leading the campus to an Exemplary rating. Her work as a research assistant involved the pilot of a new reading and math intervention for first grade students. Ms. Johnson was a violist with the Waco Symphony for ten years and continues to perform with her church orchestra and other small ensembles in the Austin area. Ms. Johnson credits her sixth-grade orchestra teacher, Ms. Anne Witt, with inspiring her to pursue arts education.
Administrator Presenter
Art Presenter
Dawn Laird is the Fine Arts Specialist at Art & Pat Goforth Elementary in Clear Creek ISD in Houston, Texas. For the past 15 years, Dawn has taught Art in Clear Creek ISD as well as in the private sector. Dawn has taken many roles in her years of teaching and she has always been recognized for her instructional expertise. She is a master art educator! She has been an integral part of the Art Curriculum Writing Team for CCISD, selected for the Technology Grant Appropriations team and been "Teacher of the Year" for two different times at Goforth Elementary. Dawn was chosen as the only Art participant in the Teaching American History Grant and as a distinguished cadre presenter for CEDFA's Summit 18. Dawn is a regular presenter at TAEA conferences and workshops, and has taught at numerous professional development seminars in her district as well as out in the community. She believes in providing opportunities for her students that foster creative freedom, allowing students to develop their creative voice and artistic confidence.
Sandra Newton earned her B.A. and M.A. in multi-disciplinary fine arts from the University of Texas at Tyler. She was awarded the Marcus Fellowship from the University of North Texas for post graduate study in the arts advocacy and educational leadership. Sandra has been an Arts Educator for 20 plus years on all levels, from elementary to higher education. She is very active with the Texas Art Education Association. She currently serves at the TAEA Region 4 representative, Jr V.A.S.E. Director, and 2017 Conference Chair Shadow. Sandra thoroughly enjoys being is an Art Educator, Artist, and Mommy.
Art Presenter
Middle/High School Art
Kerri Smith has worked at the secondary level for 11 years; including a year as an Instructional Coach studying Jim Knight's model and spending the last 6 years as an Assistant and Associate Principal. She has a passion and a focus on improving instructional practices and increasing student learning through coaching techniques that facilitate teacher growth. She has been a friend to the Fine Arts programs for the secondary schools she served by helping them increase their enrollment in their program and improve their instructional practices with coaching and collaboration. Kerri also participated in the pilot year for T-TESS appraisal systems and assists administrators and teachers in navigating the new process. She enjoys working with students and her hobby is spending time with her 6 children.
Sherry White received her BS in Art Education from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and she began her teaching career at Bethune Elementary in Aldine ISD. She joined the Clear Creek ISD art team in 1994, piloting the elementary art program at Armand Bayou and Bauerschlag Elementary Schools, and is currently at League City Intermediate in Clear Creek ISD, Houston. She is an advocate for integrating technology, and has led art and technology curriculum teams within her own district, the state, and national levels. Sherry has been a CEDFA cadre member since 2001 and has developed instructional materials for Crayola Dream Makers Series, SRA/McGraw-Hill Publishers, and VSA Arts. She has a long service record with Texas Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association. She has served as the TAEA Youth Art Month Vice-President, Secretary, Elementary Division Chair, Technology Administrator, a member of the VASE Blue Ribbon Board, and currently is the Jr. VASE Director for Region 4 South. Sherry White has also been awarded TAEA Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year, 2003 and the NAEA Western Region Elementary Division Art Educator of the Year in 2005 and the Rauschenberg Power of Art Grant 2011.
Art Presenter
Dance Presenter
LaKeisha McGowen currently works as Consultant and an 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.
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.
Dance Presenter
Dance Presenter
As Northside's first Assistant Director of Fine Arts, Elizabeth Sanchez-Lopez is responsible for assisting the Director of Fine Arts in overseeing the district's Fine Arts department as well as contributing production designs for all district's performance initiatives. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University and holds a Master in Administration from Concordia University in San Antonio. Elizabeth has presented dance and educational workshops and adjudicated at the local, state and national levels and has served as CEDFA's Trainer of Trainers for dissemination and training on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts. Elizabeth has served on numerous boards and committees including State Board of Education Dance Teacher Certification Committee, SBOE Dance TEKS Review/Revision Committee, San Antonio Cultural Arts Board, San Antonio Dance Umbrella and the Texas Theatre Administrator Association. She currently serves as the Regional Representative for the Texas Dance Education Association, committee member of TDEA's Dance Educators' Assessment of Learning and Outside Item Writer for ETS Dance Exam. An award-winning artist, Elizabeth has staged and performed in numerous community musicals, summer stocks, and industrial shows. Elizabeth has also served in the capacity of performer, choreographer, director and dance consultant on such creative teams at Sea World of Texas, Opryland, Fiesta Texas, 1994 Olympic Festival, Fiesta 100th Celebration, Miss San Antonio, Miss Pan America Pageant, and Fiesta Noche del Rio, just to name a few. Elizabeth has received such prestigious awards for her service in arts and education including Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year, Holmes HS Teacher of the Year, Business Careers HS Teacher of the Year, Stevens HS Teacher of the Year, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, KENS-5/SACU Teacher Excel Award, Ford Salute to Education Award, Our Lady of the Lake University Outstanding Alumni Award. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in the area of Creative Arts. Elizabeth was a past finalist for Texas Dance Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award and recipient of TDEA's Distinguished Award.
Susan Savarese has been a dedicated dance educator in the Dallas area for the last 25 years. She completed her master of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Related Arts at Texas Woman’s University, Denton Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Liberal Arts at Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Jersey. She has taught, danced, and performed at Rutgers University, Texas Woman’s University, Collin County Community College, various non-profit dance groups. She has taught at private studios and been co-owner and teacher at the former Dance Depot in Plano. She has been awarded recognition from the South Dallas Dance Festival board for her work with students and has been recipient of the Dance Council of North Texas’ Larry White Dance Educators Award. Susan has many dance interests but places special focus the dance program and dance students at W. E. Greiner middle school and academy for the exploratory arts, where she has taught for the last 17 years. After so many years in dance education she is looking forward to giving back to the dance community with her time and talents.
Dance Presenter
Music Presenter
Lisa Weinheimer Roebuck currently serves Round Rock Independent School District as the Director for Fine Arts. This school district encompasses roughly 47,500 students who attend five high schools, ten middle schools, 34 elementary schools and two alternative learning centers. Strong programs in dance, music, theatre and visual arts are a focus of this growing school district. Lisa was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin, Kodaly Music Certification from Texas State University and a Master of Education Leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has taught general music at the elementary level and choral music at the secondary level. Lisa has taught in both public and private schools for 21 years before entering the world of full time fine arts administration in 2006. She presents for other school districts and educational service centers in the areas of choir, elementary music, fine arts curriculum and program development. She is the Past President of Kodaly Educators of Texas and served on the State Board of Education TEKS revision committee.
David Jennison is currently the Assistant Director of Fine Arts for the Round Rock Independent School District where he supervises and supports the instrumental music programs. Previously he was the Associate Director of Bands at Westwood High School from 2002 to 2015 where he conducted the Wind Symphony, Concert Band and was Associate Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra. During his tenure at Westwood these ensembles were consistent sweepstakes winners and the Warrior Marching Band qualified for the 2014 Texas State Marching Band Contest for the first time in school history. Additionally, Mr. Jennison assisted at Grisham Middle School with their Honor Band. Throughout his time at Westwood, ensembles from Westwood High School and Grisham Middle School performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and as TMEA honor ensembles. Mr. Jennison has had the great honor of guest conducting these fantastic musicians for many prestigious performances. In 2015 Jennison became the Associate Music Director and Conductor of the Vivace Youth Orchestra which serves the greater Round Rock, Georgetown and central Texas area. A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mr. Jennison attended New Mexico State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Jennison is a member of the Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Music Presenter
Administrators Presenter
Kelsey Kling currently serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator at the Texas Education Agency, advising on curriculum content and implementation for visual art, dance, music, and theatre from grades K-12 for Texas public school students. Previously, she wrote policy guidelines for student assessment and curriculum development. An avid ballerina from a young age, she shifted focus in high school after participating in UIL One-Act Play. Kelsey went on to earn a BFA in Acting with a minor in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and an MA in Theatre History and Directing from Texas State. She has also studied at the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford and Shakespeare & Company. Kelsey is a member of Actors' Equity and has earned several awards and nominations for her work on Austin-area stages. She is a former board member of Austin Shakespeare where she served as Administrative Director, the Austin Circle of Theatres (now the Austin Creative Alliance), and most recently the former Executive Director of the B. Iden Payne Awards. Kelsey is an active member of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) and presented at their fall 2016 arts assessment conference. She continues to support theatre education in Texas as a member of the Texas Theatre Adjudicators Association (TTAO) serving as a judge at every level of UIL One-Act Play competition. Her current areas of interest are arts assessment and the intersects of fine arts education with our special student populations. She lives with her husband in two boys in beautiful Dripping Springs, Texas.
Michelle Lopez taught Elementary Music in Alief ISD for over 16 years. Now she is the Alief Fine Arts Facilitator, serving all Performing and Visual Arts teachers and students in her district. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas, and her Masters in Administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Michelle was Alief's District Teacher of the Year in 2015. She served as Alief's Elementary Lead Teacher for many years, Leading workshops, professional development, and acting as an administrative facilitator for Elementary music teachers in her district. Michelle has been the TMEA Elementary Region 23 Chair for the past 4 years. As region chair, she has organized and coordinated numerous regional events, including the Music and Technology Conference of Houston (MATCH). Michelle and her husband Lester are committed to artistic excellence and are proud of their Mustang Chorale, which has performed throughout Houston and at CEDFA. Michelle is a proud Alief Graduate who is passionate about giving back to the community that gave so much to her.
Music Presenter
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.
Elementary / Middle School Theatre
Theatre Presenter
After teaching one year of tech theatre in high school and then working with elementary age kids for a couple of years Beth Auble found her niche teaching middle school theatre. She is entering her 12th year of teaching. She currently teaches at Wiley middle school. Her favorite color is sparkles and her goal in life is to have fun everyday!
Troy is the Theatre Arts director at Socorro High School in El Paso, where he has served in that postion for 20 plus years. While teaching in El Paso, he cofounded the El Paso Cappies which has provided opportunitites for young writers and performers to share their talents as performers and critics. He has been the program director of El Paso Cappies for 12 years. In 2005, Troy was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Socorro Independant School District. Troy has served on the k-12 Committee for TETA and has been a presenter for both Theatrefest and Summerfest. In 2012, he served on the committe to review and update the Theatre Arts TEKS for the Texas Board of Education. In 2013, he presented the new TEKS at the CEDFA conferencemand is a member of the CEDFA Cadre of Teachers.
Theatre Presenter
High School Theatre 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.

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