Summit XIX

Presenters for the Extended Session of Summit XIX

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Administration Presenter

Dr. Joe Clark is honored to be in his 20th year in education and his sixth year as the Director of Performing and Visual Arts for the Spring Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Prior to administration, Dr. Clark was a band director in several schools in Spring ISD including Spring High School, Bammel Middle School, and Claughton Middle School, as well as, Industrial Jr. High and High School in Industrial ISD. While in these positions, his ensembles have placed in the State finals, received "Best-in-Class" at concert band and jazz festivals, Sweepstakes at UIL, and have performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2010. As a strong advocate of the fine arts and arts integration, Dr. Clark remains active as a clinician and guest lecturer for young teachers as well as an active UIL adjudicator. Dr. Clark earned his B.M. in music and his M.M. in conducting from Sam Houston State University; and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. Dr. Clark is a proud member of Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, TMEA, TBA, and TMAA. Joe and his wife Heather reside in Spring, Texas with their daughter, Darcy Anne Clark who was born on May 17, 2015 and whose favorite color is pink.

High School Art Presenter

Shauna Hittle is the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning K-12 for Tyler Independent School District in Tyler, Texas. She partners with district level administrators as well as campus level administrators and teachers to ensure innovation and best practice permeate the classrooms in order to promote high student success. She is in her second year after supervising elementary principals for three years. Prior to that role, Shauna served as Principal of both elementary and secondary schools for over ten years. She came to Tyler ISD in 2005 after serving as an instructional coach and teacher for Lubbock ISD, Amarillo ISD, and Kansas USD in Ulysses, Kansas. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from West Texas A&M University and has obtained her Superintendent Certification from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has studied in New Zealand, served on the Texas Visioning Institute for Texas Public Schools and numerous other organizations. Shauna is the mother of two high school students and spends time cheering them on at the baseball park when she is not collaborating with others on ways to support students. She is an advocate for the Arts and eagerly supports initiatives to enhance programs in our schools.

Elementary 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.

High School Art Presenter

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.

Elementary Art Presenter

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.

Facilitator and High School Dance

Tiffany Burrell is the Fine Arts Department Coordinator, dance educator and Jazz Company director at John Paul Stevens High School in Northside ISD of San Antonio, Texas. Tiffany earned her A.A. from McLennan Community College in 2006 where she danced with McLennan Community College Dance Company. Tiffany then transferred to the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Education. During this time, TIffany also served as a member, Captain and Assistant Director of the UTSA Dance Line. Tiffany has taught a variety of classes at local dance studios and danced professionally with Fiesta Noche del Rio. She leads professional developments within her district and has assisted in creating the dance curriculum for Northside ISD. Tiffany is the recipient of the 2018 Northside ISD Dance Educator of the year. She believes it is through the arts that children learn about creativity, beauty, passion, persistence and individuality. Tiffany is a lifelong learner of the arts and education.

Facilitator and Middle School Dance

Heather Iovine is a graduate of Texas Christian University where she received her BFA in Modern Dance and emphasis in Ballet. She is a dance educator and the Head Director of the Martinette Dance Team at Mayde Creek High School. Heather also serves as the Artistic Director for TrendSetters Dance, a position that gives her the ability to implement curriculum on the junior high and high school level along with offering professional development courses for dance educators across the state of Texas. Heather is an active member of the D.E.A.L committee, where she has been a choreography instructor for the past three years. She is consistently asked to teach master classes, set choreography and adjudicate on the regional, state and national level. Heather is the 2018 recipient of the Texas Dance Educators Association Dance Educator of the Year Award. She enjoys finding new and creative ways to explain dance technique, while building relationships with her students, especially the ones that seem to have trouble connecting with other teachers and adults. Heather's passion lies in watching her students grow as dancers as well as young adults. She loves introducing dance to students with no formal training and digging into the technique of the different styles and genres. The journey Heather gets to take with each student as they work to perfect their technique, style and performance, is a major driving force in her passion of education. This is why Heather strives to create a safe environment that allows for creativity to flow freely and for students to stay present and open to new ideas and experiences. She wants to ignite her students' passion for not only dance, but for becoming lifelong learners. Heather continuous to create curious students who understand that mistakes happen and falling down can sometimes be the best lesson. She wants her students to find their limits and then push so far past them they disappear. Heather feels the most accomplished when a dancer finds deeper understanding of a skill being taught or hooks into the underlying meaning of a dance during a performance. Watching all of her students learn about the value of teamwork, leadership and discipline is incredibly rewarding.

High School 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.

Middle School Dance Presenter

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.

Elementary Music Presenter

Julissa Y. Chapa has taught general elementary music in the Pasadena Independent School District for 14 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Houston, where she has also worked as an adjunct lecturer. Mrs. Chapa holds her Kodály Teacher Certification in all levels and is a member of OAKE and KET. She enjoys working with pre-service music educators and mentoring young elementary music teachers. She strongly advocates making quality music education accessible to all children, upholding Zoltán Kodály's belief that "only the best is good enough for a child."

High School Music Presenter

Emily Saenz is the choir director at the Monnig Middle School Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Ft. Worth ISD. In addition to directing 7 choirs at Monnig, she heads up FWISD's relationship with the NY Metropolitan Opera, via their "MET Live in HD Education Program." This program partners to bring 500 students to the movie theater to see an opera each school year. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Emily taught private voice at The University of the Incarnate Word and The University of Louisville, as well as maintaining a private voice studio. Emily holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Louisville, and a Doctorate of Music Arts degree in Voice from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her work as a teacher and conductor, Emily performs both operatic and concert repertoire throughout the DFW metroplex. Emily's opera credits include Maguerite in "Faust", Despina in "Cosi fan tutte", Adina in "L'elisir d'amore" , The Countess in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," Lucy in "The Telephone" by Menotti, Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni", the Cousin in "Madame Butterfly", and Lola in "Gallantry", Suor Genovieffa in "Suor Angelica" and "Barbarina" in "Le Nozze di Figaro", Laetita in "The Old Maid and the Thief" by Menotti, Anna Gomez in "The Consul", Monica in "The Medium", Yum-Yum in "The Mikado" and Bubikopf in "Der Kaiser von Atlantis" by Viktor Ullman. Emily has performed solos with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestras, and served one season in the chorus of The Dallas Opera. In 2012, she made her New York City debut as Donna Elvira in NYO Exchange's production on "Don Giovanni". Most recently, Emily starred in the GLCT's production of "Masterclass" where she received rave reviews as Sharon. Emily lives in Ft. Worth with her husband Carlos, son Levi, and daughter Emerson.

Elementary Music Presenter

Elaine Waier is currently the elementary music specialist at Pope Elementary School (Cypress Fairbanks ISD) in Houston, TX. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Music Education and later went on to earn a Masters of Music in Music Education from the University of Houston. Elaine has completed all three levels of Kodaly training and has presented to music educators on the district and regional levels. She is also the Co-Director of Devine Virtuosos, a non-profit initiative whose mission is to enrich the lives of students in Cy-Fair through music. Elaine believes the process of learning never stops and that the ultimate goal is to just be better than the day before.

Elementary / Middle School Theatre

Laura Alexander-Wilson graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and Lamar University with a Masters in Educational Administration. With over 20 years of experience working with children in fine arts, she is currently in her fifteenth 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. Currently, Laura is a part of the Texas Educational Theatre Association curriculum committee and a Middle School UIL One Act Play List committee. 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. Cypress Fairbanks ISD inducted Laura into their district Hall of Fame in 2017.

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 received additional training from 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 the San Antonio area, including Jump-Start Performance Co., the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Pedro Playhouse, and Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He began his career in educational theatre in 2002 at Southside High School. From 2008 to 2012 Avila served as Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Theatre Arts at Karen Wagner High School in the Judson Independent School District. In 2011 he was selected by the Texas Education Agency as a member of the Fine Arts Review Committee for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). In 2012 Avila became the Head Theatre Director at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio ISD where he advanced several shows to the Area and Regional UIL One-Act Play Contest. In addition to teaching, Avila also held the position of Fine Arts Coordinator for Theatre and Visual Arts with San Antonio ISD. He is a member of the training cadre for the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts and regularly presents theatre workshops to both students and teachers. Avila also serves on the Standards & Practices committee for the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials organization and is a certified UIL One-Act Play Contest Manager and Adjudicator. He was previously an adjunct instructor with the Alamo Community Colleges District and is currently a faculty member in the Theatre Education program with the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin.

Elem / Middle School Theatre

Amy Medina received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Southwest Texas State University She just completed her 20th year of teaching. She has taught at Waco High School (two years) and Belton High School (nine years). After leaving Belton she taught in Temple ISD where she spent the next eight years building the theatre program at Bonham Middle School where her One Act Play companies earned first place seven of those years. The 2017-2018 school year began her first year working as the Director of Theatre at Bear Branch Junior High in Magnolia ISD where her OAP company advanced to the district contest for the first time in five years. Amy likes to keep her toe in the high school world through contest managing and working on the UIL OAP State Meet Staff. During her tenure at TISD she was a mentor teacher to several first year theatre teachers. She has taught workshops at Texas Educational Theatre Association Theatrefest and Summerfest. Amy chaired the Ad-Hoc committee to create a recommended play reading list for UIL OAP Middle School. She serves as the Middle School representative on the UIL Advisory committee.

Facilitator and High School Theatre

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce has recently been promoted to Director of Fine Arts Education in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance. She remains Associate Professor in the department. Aside from her teaching, Schroeder-Arce is a scholar, director and playwright. She was a high school theatre teacher in Laredo and Austin for six years. Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is Associate Professor and Head of the UTeach Theatre program at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre & Dance. Her research interests include culturally responsive theatre education and Latinx theatre with and for youth. She has published articles in journals such as Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal for Education and the Arts and Theatre Topics. Roxanne's plays, including Mariachi Girl and Señora Tortuga are published by Dramatic Publishing. She is currently coauthoring the play Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet, commissioned by Dallas Children's Theatre. Schroeder-Arce is a proud alumna of Emerson College, The University of Texas at Austin and the Upward Bound Program. She taught theatre arts in Austin and Laredo, Texas for several years before she moved to higher education. Years ago, Schroeder-Arce was artistic and youth director of Teatro Humanidad, a bilingual theatre company in Austin. Her web site can be found at:

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