Summit XVII

Presenters for the Pre-summit Session of Summit XVII

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


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. Since 2012, she has worked with MindPop and Austin Independent School District to provide professional development to Special Education and Inclusion teachers on how to integrate arts-based teaching strategies into their daily classroom practice. 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 19 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.

Administrators' Lead

Linda W. Fleetwood is the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) Director for the Texas Art Education Association and has been an art educator for 25 years. She has taught all levels of art and is currently the Visual Arts Director for North East ISD in San Antonio. During her time as an art educator she was awarded the Kerr County Walmart Teacher of the Year in 1999, the NISD Marshall High School Educator of the Year in 2008, the Northside ISD High School Educator of the Year in 2008, the TAEA Art Educator of the Year for 2014, and the NAEA Texas Art Educator of the Year for 2016. Linda served on the TEKS High School Art Revision Committee and in that capacity testified before the State Board of Education and conducted trainings all over the State. She has been a CEDFA cadre member since 2010 where she has helped instruct teachers in the understanding and application of the State TEKS Standards. Linda is the designer and administrator of TAEA/VASE's online juror training course where art judges are guided in the assessment of student artwork. Prior to education, she worked in commercial graphic design as an art director and then as a freelance artist. Her passion is for children to discover their inner creativity and have it encourage and inspire them. Her belief that success breeds success causes her to believe all students have the capacity to succeed; with the educator having the privilege to find their areas of strength.


Tina Curran, MFA, Ph.D teaches at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Theater and Dance where she is co-developing a BFA in dance education leading to Texas State dance teacher certification. Tina is a cofounder, with Ann Hutchison Guest, of the Language of Dance Center (USA). She has conducted LOD certification courses and workshops across the United States and in Mexico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Tina also serves on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y - Harkness Dance Center to provides professional development courses for pre-service and in-service dance educators in K-12, higher education, community, and cultural organizations. As a consultant to the New York City Department of Education Project Arts Office, Tina first participated in the writing of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance PreK-12 and afterward delivering professional development workshops for certified dance specialists. As an artist, educator and scholar, Curran’s focus is on developing dance literacy and promoting dance legacy. Tina has restaged dances from Labanotation score including: L'Après Midi d'un Faune by Vaslav Nijinsky; How Long, Brethren? by Helen Tamiris; Desperate Heart by Valerie Bettis; and both Gossip and Life Continues by Maggie Grippenberg. Her book credit include: Your Move: The Language of Dance Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance, 2nd ed. co-author with Ann Hutchinson Guest, George Balanchine Critical Editions: Concerto Barocco co-authored with Christian Matjias and The Experience of Staging Vaslav Nijinky’s L’Apres-midi d’un Faune in Higher Education.


Gladys M. Keeton, Professor of Dance in the School of the Arts at Texas Woman's University since 1969 (presently Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor). Gladys received the Lifetime Achievement Award (Texas) from the National Dance Education Organization in November 2017. 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.


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.

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.



Cayla Cardiff is in her 13th year of teaching in the Round Rock ISD and currently teaches piano and music studies in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Cedar Ridge High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Music Education with Choral Emphasis both from the University of Texas at Austin. She appears as a vocalist regularly with the Texas Early Music Project.


Andre Clark is starting his 15th year of teaching choral music in Texas, and fourth at Stony Point High School, where he serves as the Head Choral Director and Visual and Performing Arts Academy Lead. Prior to teaching in Round Rock, Mr. Clark taught in similar positions in Georgetown ISD, Leander ISD, and Victoria ISD. Mr. Clark has served TMEA Regions 18 and 26 in several capacities: Vocal Division Secretary, Treasurer, Region Secretary, and is currently the Tabulations Chair and Region 26 Vocal Chair-Elect in addition to providing technical integration and support for UIL Music Region 26.


Becky Knox is the elementary music specialist at Live Oak Elementary School in Round Rock. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music in Voice from the University of Colorado and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Texas State University, where she studied with Dr. Joey Martin. Additionally, she has her Kodály certification from Texas State, where she studied with Dr. Philip Tacka and Dr. Mícháel Houlahan.


Rachel Walker will begin her 12th year teaching elementary music in Round Rock ISD. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University and received her Kodály certification from Texas State University. Currently she is involved in the NextGen initiative set in Round Rock I.S.D. for one-to-one technology-to-student integration.


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.

Facilitator and High School Theatre

Oscar Franco is an educator and theatre artist from Austin, TX. He received a BFA in Theatre Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Oscar has taught in schools in Texas and New York focusing on theatre and the arts as tools for student development, cultural exploration and celebration, and community/family engagement. He has served as an instructor and programming coordinator with the Indigenous Cultures Institute Summer Arts Camp in San Marcos, TX since 2013. He has worked as a stage manager, director, designer, and producer with various companies around Austin. He currently serves on the board of directors for Teatro Vivo and teaches college and career courses at East Austin College Prep.


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 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.


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:

Theatre High School

Emily Aguilar Thomas is a teaching artist and theatre-maker working to ignite social action around race, culture and gender justice. She earned her MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin, and her BFA in Theatre Performance and in English Studies, summa cum laude, from Niagara University. As a teaching artist, she has worked with the Indigenous Cultures Institute, the Performing Justice Project, Camp Mosaic for Isma'ili Muslim youth, Con Mi Madre, ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Voices Against Violence, and Shea's Performing Arts Center. She has also led workshops and courses in acting, improvisation, devising, dialects, and Applied Theatre with young people and adults in community and university settings. Most recently, Emily has served as a director and dramaturg for new Latin@ theatre for young audiences with Teatro Vivo.

As an artist-practitioner, she is an advocate for new Latin@ Theatre for Young Audiences, socially-engaged theatre, and feminist pedagogies nationally. Her original interactive theatre program Tell premiered in the 2015 Cohen New Works Festival in Austin, for which it also received a Go! Grant. Emily is certified in Women's and Gender Studies from the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. As the Education and Outreach Director for the Indigenous Cultures Institute, she is developing decolonized arts education programming for young people in Central Texas.


Comments are closed.