Presenters for the Sessions of Summit XIX

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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.
Art Presenter
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.
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
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
Elementary / Middle School Theatre
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.
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.
High School Theatre Presenter

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