Summit XX

Presenters for the Extended Session of Summit XX

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High School Dance Presenter

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.

Middle School Dance Presenter

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.


Jackie deMontmollin came to Denton ISD from The University of Houston where she served for ten years as the Associate Director of Theatre Education. At UH she created and administered the Master of Arts for theatre educators, the BFA in theatre education and developed partnerships with Lincoln Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Houston Independent School District, The Alley Theatre, and Houston Arts Partners in service to those programs. Additionally, she developed and supervised recruitment, audition, and admissions processes and taught Acting. Ms. deMontmollin also taught The Essentials of Fine Arts in the College of Education at the University of St. Thomas, guiding elementary education students in the application of theatre, dance, music, and visual art as a pedagogical tool to meet learning targets across the curriculum. Ms. deMontmollin served on the University of Houston Faculty Senate's Executive Committee, the Center for Educational Development of Fine Arts Training Cadre, the University Interscholastic League's One Act Play Standards & Practices Committee. She was a reviewer for the Texas Theatre Teacher Certification exam, and a second tier reviewer for the development of the National Core Arts Standards. Ms. deMontmollin served on the Board of Directors for The Texas Educational Theatre Association. She has been a State OAP adjudicator, and was a founding member of the Texas Theatre Adjudicator's Organization. Ms. deMontmollin was awarded the Ross M. Lence Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 by the University of Houston College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, and was named the University Educator of the Year by the Texas Educational Theatre Association in 2016. Prior to her work at the University of Houston Ms. deMontmollin taught theatre in Texas public schools for fifteen years. She directed more than 60 productions including Tommy Tune Award winning musicals and four State qualifying One Act Plays. Her students earned state and national accolades. She holds a Master in Educational Administration degree from Concordia University-Austin and earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership through Concordia University-Portland. Ms. deMontmollin believes arts education is an essential component in the education of every child, and that the arts create bridges for our students between our schools and our greater local and global community.

Elem - Middle School Theatre Presenter


Elem - Middle School Theatre Presenter

Erin Turek received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University hand has been the Theatre Director at Harpool Middle School in Denton ISD for eleven years. Prior to teaching at Harpool, Ishe was Associate Director of Theatre at Denton High School. In the summer, she has directed at various camps in the DFW area and also served as a Contest Manager for High School UIL One-Act Play in the spring. In addition, she is an active member of the Denton theatre community, working as an actor, director, and producer for various productions over the years. Erin's husband, Travis, teaches World Cultures and Theatre with her HMS. She loves to to cook, bake, travel, watch movies, and build epic blanket forts twith her two children. She has relished every moment of teaching, as well as the continual process of learning as an educator. Albert Einstein said that "Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it." She is a firm believer in this philosophy. Being a teacher has afforded her the opportunity to pursue her favorite art form while instilling a love of theatre in others.

High School Theatre Presenter

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. Aside from her teaching, Schroeder-Arce is a scholar, director and playwright. 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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