DanceELAAlexandra Papzianapapazian@balletaz.orgAlexandra Papazian is a nonprofit arts professional who has worked with a diverse group of organizations to establish partnerships, create sustainable programming, and serve the greater good through education and community engagement activities. Since joining Ballet Arizona, Alexandra has brought structure, quality, and vision to the Education & Community Engagement Department. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a Concentration in Communication from Arizona State University. Alexandra is also a trained dancer and received her professional dance training from The School of Ballet Arizona, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Butler University. As of 2020, Alexandra is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.@armenipino
DanceScience, HistoryBrittney Mayberrybtmayber@asu.eduBrittney Mayberry is a Dance Teaching Artist from the painted deserts of Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently working on her BFA in Dance Education at Arizona State University, post-modern dance and multidisciplinary performance art, which continuously inspires her to play an active role in the expansion of the dance community in Arizona. Mayberry recently completed training in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method through ASU Gammage as a teaching artist trained in the Kennedy Center method. She strives to teach health conscious dance training through various creative thinking methods, encouraging her students to find strength and vulnerability through movement.
DanceELA, Math, Science, Social-Emotional LearningDiane McNeal-Hunthuntvanek@msn.comDiane McNeal Hunt has been Director of Arizona Wolf Trap Early Learning through the Arts since 1986. This national program places teaching artists in PreK through 2nd classrooms, integrating arts with school curriculum, social emotional development and learning goals. At the HEART of her artistic work, with 40+ years devoted to arts education, she is recognized as a master teaching artist by the Arizona and Southwest dance community. Diane is also Director of Dance at Desert View Learning Center (1986-present) and an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. Diane served 23 years on the Arizona Commission Artist-in-Residence roster, sharing residencies for K-12 classroom. As Artistic Director for ELEVATE DanceWorks, Diane choreographs works that are human, honest, soulful, creative, and expressive.
Dance & TheatreScienceMolly Schenckmollywschenck@gmail.com body of work by Molly W. Schenck (MFA, MEd.) is rooted in a quest to understand humans. She is fascinated with human movement - whether that a social justice movement, individuals persisting through systems, or how a body moves through space and time. She is also interested in what interrupts the full expression of movement (stress, trauma, burnout, injuries, chronic pain, etc.). This has guided the evolution of her studies and career path. She worked in higher education as an adjunct professor and administrator for ten years. She taught mind body and group fitness classes for twelve years. She specializes in the intersection of creativity and trauma and is the creator of Trauma-Informed Creative Practices. She is the founder of Grey Box Collective (an interdisciplinary, experimental, post-dramatic, trauma-informed arts organization that devises original performances around topics of social and emotional wellbeing i.e. makes weird art about tough stuff). She is also a certified Trauma Support Specialist, Personal Trainer, a 500-hour experienced yoga teacher (focused on asana, pranayama, and meditation), a registered somatic dance educator, and a Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy practitioner. @mollywschenck
DanceMathRachel Schmidrachelcaschmid@gmail.comRachel A. Schmid has been a teacher for almost 25 years. She trained for over five years in Europe in creative movement, international dance styles, eurythmy and education and recently as an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. She worked for six years as a professional performer in various independent state productions and throughout her career she directed many student performances in Wuppertal Germany, Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona.
DanceELA, Social Studies & TechnologyRi Lindegren Lindegren is a dance and media artist and freelance performance videographer working at the intersections of dance, film, haptics, game design, technology and somatics. Ri is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Dance and Interdisciplinary Digital Media at Arizona State University and holds a B.A. in Anthropology/International Studies/Gender Studies from New College of Florida. Ri is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method and enjoys leading age-specific and intergenerational opportunities for creativity, movement, play, and digital literacy in community and educational spaces.
DanceSocial-Emotional Learning, ScienceRosy Mackrosymack.artist@gmail.comhttp://jubileemindfulness.comAs a native of Arizona, Rosy Mack is passionate about strengthening the vibrancy of art in her hometown of Phoenix, AZ. She is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method and her teaching style combines dance therapy, mindfulness, and creative movement. Her mission as an instructor is to help students connect with one another and build a compassionate community through art. Rosy works with both typical students and students with special needs to help them strengthen their emotional resilience and artistic expression. Rosy is also the artistic director of Ignite Collaborative, a 501(c)3 performing arts company with the mission to build community through immersive and interactive performance. Rosy serves as a dancer, choreographer, director, and producer for Ignite Collaborative and her work has been seen at Alwun House, Canal Convergence, Tempe Center for The Arts, and The Herberger Festival of the Arts. @ignitecollaborative
DanceELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesSumana Sen Mandaladansense@gmail.comhttp://www.dansense.orgSumana Sen Mandala is a Bharata Nrityam artist and teacher, serving as director of the non-profit arts organization Dansense-Nrtyabodha. Her work covers community, K-12 and higher education environments around the US, India, and Japan. Over 25 years of practice and teaching, Sumana has shifted from the proscenium to more collaborative, interactive and non-traditional spaces, focusing on civic engagement and awareness. She holds an MFA in Dance from ASU and is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. Sumana’s advocacy and facilitator training in the Critical Response Process, YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice Facilitation, and sexual and domestic violence prevention infuses her teaching style to center collective knowledge, the value of every voice, and responsibility and response in any space she enters.
DanceSocial-Emotional LearningTracy Thomasontracykthomason@gmail.comTracy Thomason has brought dance education programs to hundreds of K-5 Arizona school children since 2007. She began her career with Opendance under the direction of Michele Ceballos Michot and has been teaching dance and mindful movement to students with InMotionAZ since 2012. Tracy inspires little dancers as a Creative Movement Instructor for Ballet Theatre of Phoenix and is Yoga Alliance Certified for Kids and Family Yoga. She is a founding member of Ignite Collaborative, a Phoenix-based dance performance company, since 2011.@misstracymoves
Dance & MovementELA, Math, Scienceence & Social StudiesGabriele T. Ramirezgtramire@asu.eduGabriele Ramirez is a dance and theatre artist born and raised in Arizona. She combines Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian style belly dance), contemporary dance forms, and theatre to create a style that is all her own. She completed her BA in Performance and Movement at ASU and hopes to further her dance education at ASU by pursuing a Dance MFA and a teaching certification.
Dance & MovementELA, Math, Science & Social StudiesLisa R. Chowlisa@DesertDanceTheatre.orghttp://www.DesertDanceTheatre.orgLisa R. Chow serves as Desert Dance Theatre’s artistic director, company manager, choreographer, performer and educator, and has toured with the company throughout the US and Mexico (since 1982). She is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Crossroads Performance Group with her husband Step Raptis, performing interdisciplinary music and dance projects throughout the state of Arizona and regionally since 1989. Lisa is also a manager, performer and collaborator in Step’s Junk Funk. She is one of the founders and President of the Arizona Dance Coalition, a web-based non-profit organization that supports dance resources throughout Arizona. @chowdance
Dance & MovementELA & Social StudiesYoung Nae Choiychoi79@asu.eduYoung Nae Choi is a Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) artist whose work has taken place in the UAE, India, South Korea and the US. She enjoys both of her roles as an educator and an artist, finding their coexistence essential to her career.
MusicScience & Social StudiesAncliff "Ansel" Josephpaninsync@msn.com "Ansel" Joseph was born in the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, the Southern-most islands in the Caribbean, where the art form of steel pans (steel drums) originated. Ansel left Trinidad as a young man and has spent the major part of his life making and playing steel pans as well as teaching individuals and groups with an emphasis working with schools. Ansel has been trained as an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.
MusicMath, Science, Social Studies, Social-Emotional LearningEileen Morganmorgantaiko@gmail.com lifelong musician, Eileen Morgan’s love of collaborative music making has found a perfect match in Japanese Taiko drumming. With a B.S degree in Music Education, K-12 and a Master’s Ed. Degree in Deaf Education, K-12 Eileen began her Taiko education in 1992. In 2011 she became director of Fushicho Daiko, a Phoenix based Japanese drumming group that provides private and group classes. Eileen is a proud Molly Blank Fund-ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method, refining her curriculum and teaching method to continue to develop dynamic and relevant arts integration programs.
MusicMath, Science, ELA and Social Emotional LearningJordan BlantonJordanBlantonStudio@gmail.comjordanblantonstudio.comJordan Blanton is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. A native of Arizona, Jordan first found her love of music singing in church as a young child. Her passion for music grew through her teenage years which led her to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue both a bachelor's and masters degree in music. She currently teaches general music at an elementary music and performs music in the valley.@jordanblantonmusic
MusicHistory, Math, Social-Emotional LearningKen Koshioinfo@kenkoshio.comhttp://www.kenkoshio.comKen Koshio is an artist, Japanese Taiko drummer, singer and songwriter, cultural ambassador, producer, and ASU Gammage teaching artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. He has brought his wish for hope and new beginnings to the people of his adopted country, the United States, since 1998. He has WA 和 (means "harmonized and peaceful" in Japanese) arts and music classes in his dojo 道場 (Japanese traditional studio) and goes to many public schools in Arizona to share Japanese culture with younger generations using origami, calligraphy, folk tales, folk music, taiko, and other Japanese instruments. He obtained a certified teaching license of the Hiroshima Preservation Taiko Society drumming style and songs and was the first person who outside of Japan with this license.
MusicMathKristilyn Woodskristilyn.woods@gmail.comhttp://www.kristilynwoods.comDr. Kristilyn Woods is a professional musician and educator working here in the valley who is committed to sharing her love of music with students from all backgrounds and learning styles. She regularly engages in educational and outreach events with such organizations as The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Musicfest, and Grand Canyon University, and is a certified ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.
MusicELA, Social-Emotional LearningLaura Meadorlmmeador@asu.eduLaura is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. Her expertise includes guitar education, songwriting, creative process and introspection, and original, collaborative music learning, making, and sharing. Laura has conducted private lessons, group classes, in-school residencies, workshops, after-school programs, and camps throughout Maricopa County. Recent funded projects include researching culturally responsive pedagogy with Artswork, and producing a three-part video series titled Emotions and Music for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Laura holds a Masters in Music Education and a Masters in Guitar Performance Pedagogy from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
MusicELA, Social Studies, Theater, Speech and Debate, French & GermanMelanie Holmmelanieholm22@gmail.com Holm is a passionate educator who believes in tailoring teaching methods to help meet each student’s individual needs and goals. Since 2015, Melanie has taught private voice and piano at Music Maker Workshops in Phoenix. Since 2013, Melanie has worked in The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts and became the TCA’s Arts Programming Assistant in 2016, managing and coordinating the TCA’s Edge Series and Performance with a View Series. She is currently finishing her DMA in Voice Performance at Arizona State University, where her research focuses on incorporating dance techniques into voice pedagogy, with the goal of blurring the lines between opera singer and dancer. Melanie holds degrees from Arizona State University (MM/Opera Performance), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BM/Voice with Minor in Dance). @melanieholmsoprano
MusicSocial StudiesShana ChanelShanacbrewer@gmail.com Chanel is a Life Message Artist, invoking change through song and visual arts, inspiring ages 0-100. Shana Chanel collaborates with music outreach to connect in various communities. As an artist Shana Chanel desires to establish community choirs to perform in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. She facilitates and promotes unique skills through critical analysis to provide the best tools for engaging and enhancing all learners. She is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.
Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Theatre & StorytellingELA, Math, Science & Social StudiesKeith Johnsonjohnsonkeith2013@gmail.com Johnson is a percussionist, master drummer, craftsman of tradition, and educator who has worked with the Arizona Arts Council for the past 20 years. Since traveling extensively through Mali, Senegal, and Ghana, he has shared his knowledge of West African drums with eager audiences all over Arizona. He uses djembe drums, balaphons, and Caribbean steel drums from Trinidad and Tobago. In the study of music, participants create meaning and expression through the use of listening, attain essential skills in instrumental performance, as well as critical thinking. By understanding the contribution music makes to culture and history, the participants are better prepared to live and work in multicultural settings, enriched by the skills and knowledge acquired through the study of music.
Puppetry, Storytelling & MusicELA, Math, Science & Social StudiesMiss Annie (Wilson)Missannie1104@gmail.comMiss Annie (Wilson) is a Master Wolf Trap Artist, and ASU Molly Blank Gammage Teaching Artist. She has had training with the Kennedy Center for the Arts Teaching Artist. Puppeteer, storyteller, former business owner, and retired Regional Human Resources Director for the National Parks, Miss Annie has facilitated train the trainer workshops for major corporations, nationally and internationally. She has worked in Early Childhood Development, leading workshops for parents, teachers, and children. Puppetry, hand in hand with storytelling, music and movement, engages the students in critical, collaborative, and creative thinking.
Theater/StorytellingELATherosia Reynoldstherosia@gmail.comhttp://www.outhustleyourstruggle.comTherosia is an artist in every sense of the word. She is a proud South Phoenix, AZ native with a deeply held spirituality. She has performed nationally and locally around the valley for years. She is also a live painter, teaches art classes at The Phoenix Center for the Arts, and was an Artist in Residency for the Scottsdale Center For The Arts. She recently performed for Chase Bank Black Professional’s Group’s Black History Celebration and Connect and Heal’s MLK Celebration.Facebook: @Therosia
Instagram: @therosiarenaissance
TheatreScienceAudrey Ryanaudrey@chandleryouththeatre.orgAudrey Ryan, Arizona Actor and Theatre Director, recently finished the Molly Blank Fund-Teaching Artist program, gaining her the title of an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. For her main job, Audrey works as the Director of Productions at Chandler Youth Theatre (CYT). Previously, she graduated summa cum laude in 2019 with a BA in theater and a certificate in secondary theater education from ASU. So far, Audrey has directed over eleven stage productions and five films for CYT, while also teaching acting classes, running music theater camps, and catering drama education to local schools. Before joining CYT, Audrey worked as a choreographer and director for private schools within the Diocese of Phoenix, including Christ the King Catholic School and Seton Catholic Preparatory High School.
TheatreScienceBreona Conradbreonaconrad.ef@gmail.comSince graduating from IPFW in 2008, Breona Conrad has built her career as a professional actor and teaching artist across the country. Breona spent five seasons as a resident company member at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati where she represented the company for three years in their national educational tour of Calculus: The Musical!. Since moving to Phoenix, Breona has planted firm roots in the Phoenix arts community serving as an advocate for the arts during the annual Arts Congress; a yearly opportunity for professional artists to fight for arts advocacy in public schools and funding for public art institutions as well as being one of the head acting instructors at East Valley Children's Theatre. Continuing her passion for arts in education, Conrad became an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Method in 2020.
Theatre & DanceELA, Social StudiesChristina Kiepperactress.36@hotmail.comhttp://www.christinakiepper.comChristina Kiepper is a performer, writer, and theatre educator originally from Rochester, NY. An ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Method, Christina has over 25 years of professional experience working with children and adults and is a long-standing member of the City of Sedona’s Artists in the Classroom program. In her teaching work she has taken on a variety of roles including director, choreographer, acting and dance instructor, and adjunct professor. Christina earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Niagara University, and was a Recognized Actor/Combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors.
TheatreELAElayne Wheatleerwheat5@gmail.comElayne Wheatle is a certified drama teacher at Millennium High School, Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artist participant, Kennedy Center trained in Arts integration, an actor, and a teen theater director. Elayne hopes to use theater to bridge the chasm in society caused by racial inequality, homophobia, domestic violence, sex trafficking, substance abuse, child welfare, gun violence, cultural separatism, generational poverty and political unrest, to name a few. Theater allows the audience to connect with real world characters who uphold humanity at its highest. Conscious theater must then offer positive, alternative choices to mend these ailments. Elayne is eager to use theater to speak to the world by sharing real life stories, with humor, passion, empathy and intelligence.
TheatreELA, Science, Social Studies, Math, Humanities & ESLFelipa LermaFlerma623@gmail.comFelipa Mendoza Lerma is an Arizona native, raised in Sonora, Mexico for the first portion of her childhood. Felipa’s background in theatre has provided her with the tools to create social experimental work, focusing on deciphering the woman identity and cultural identity along with their many roles, researching social and cultural layers, to not only develop an understanding of identity, but also practice inclusiveness amongst one another. Felipa is part of the Comun Teatro Experimental Collective that emerges from the need to ferment dialogue, question, listen and sustain an understanding of social issues and thus strengthen the cultural identity of a group/community.
TheatreMathHeidi Coccohcocco@pvschools.netAs a coordinator, a teacher coach, and an elective teacher, Heidi Cocco leads the AVID program at Greenway Middle School. Previously, she taught various subjects at the elementary and high school levels. At Greenway, she conceived and developed the Honors Core, a magnet program for underrepresented, gifted children. She began her own arts integration programs over 15 years ago and has since partnered with Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Theater, Arizona Opera, among many others.
TheatreHistory, Social-Emotional LearningJamis Guyjamisguy3@gmail.comJamis Guy has worked around the Phoenix metro area since his graduation from ASU in 2013 with a degree in theatre. He has worked with various theatres and schools designing and building sets for theatre and musical productions. In 2014 he received an AriZoni for his set design of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Mesa Community College. He's also worked outside of the theater world with members of the community to foster creative community spaces, such as with the Creative Catalyst team at the Mesa Arts Center to outfit their MABEL community engagement trailer. The process of creation is just as important as the end product: learning about yourself and the world around you yields the best solutions.
TheatreScience, Social-Emotional Learning, History, ELAJoshua Murphymurphymfa@gmail.comhttp://TCTC.funJoshua is a classically trained theatre creator and multifaceted teaching artist. His interests in theater, history, science, and philosophy all come together at The Curriculum Theatre Company where he develops Arts Integrated residencies and workshops for Arizona's students and educators, see for more information. He is a Core Member of the Southwest Shakespeare Company and resident teaching artist; recent credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream- Oberon/Theseus; Pericles- Pericles, Frankenstein- Creature. He also teaches Acting for Non-Majors at ASU and partners with the Jewish Family & Children's Services to provide monthly content for seniors across the nation. Joshua received his MFA in Theatre in 2009, and is a Molly Blank Fund - ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Method.
TheatreELA & Social StudiesLizbett Bengelizbettb@gmail.comLizbett Benge is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, researcher, and facilitator. She is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. Her expertise is in theatre and explorations of power, diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy through learning about race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality. Lizbett works in many areas, including: K-12 education, higher education, the non-profit sector, and community-based grassroots organizations. She holds a doctorate in gender studies, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in community and social change, and bachelor’s degrees in theatre – acting and directing and women’s and gender studies. Lizbett’s past teaching experience includes an international artist residency in Chengdu, China, in which she used drama to teach English Language Learners ages 10-17 and creating and facilitating an arts-based curriculum for foster care system-involved youth.
TheatreELAMelissa Shavermshaver54@cox.netMelissa Shaver is a National Board-Certified classroom teacher with 28 years’ experience and a Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artist. Her work involves integrating theater arts, content knowledge, and 21st Century Thinking Skills to meet the learning needs of children. By guiding students to bring story characters to life, Melissa (AKA, Ella Stration) creates experiences in deepening comprehension through textual evidence and understanding character motivation through traits. Melissa has also written curriculum to integrate the arts with academic content and facilitated the implementation of meaningful, arts integrated lessons for K-8 students.
TheatreELATony Moschettitony.j.moschetti@gmail.com Moschetti is a theatre instructor working in the Phoenix valley. He has been leading workshops and classes for all ages since 2014, through NAU, the Mesa Arts Center, and his own company, Laughing Pig Theatre. He is with Basis Education as a Drama Teaching Fellow. Tony is also an active theatre director and performer, and a firm believer in improvisation as a tool to teach lessons in and out of the classroom.
Theatre & MusicELA, Math, Science & Social StudiesJisun Myungjisun.myung@asu.edu Myung is a theatre artist/teaching artist from South Korea working in Arizona. She uses theatre and drama as a tool to explore multiculturalism and interculturalism in order to stimulate interesting conversations, challenge the norm(s), and make a meaningful progress in a community. She worked with National Theatre of Korea, National Traditional Opera Company in South Korea. She received a Teaching Excellence Award for the Spring semester in 2018. She holds a MFA in Theatre for Youth from ASU.
Theatre & StorytellingELAEleanor P. Reidyellyreidy@hotmail.com Reidy has worked as a storyteller since 1998. She has been a member of the National Storytelling Network since 2002, and is a graduate of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute. Her CD, "Paddling the Storied Water," was released in 2010. She was a contributing author to the book "How To Be a Storyteller," released in 2012. She has led workshops, both locally and internationally. As a three-time member of the Nu Wa Storytelling Delegation to China she has shared stories in a Chinese village as well as the International School of Beijing.
Theatre & StorytellingELA Harriet Colehcdove@gmail.comHarriet Cole's storytelling life began in a class at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute. This led her to complete her education and become a Storytelling Institute adjunct instructor. As a professional storyteller, Harriet has worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and introduced educators and fellow adjunct instructors to the use of storytelling to support STEM. Harriet's storytelling performance experience ranges from appearing at the National Storytelling Network Conference to a performance at the Phoenix Fringe Festival. She is a specialist in Scandinavian folktales.
Theatre & StorytellingELA, Social Studies, Social Behaviors, & Anti-BullyingKathleen RichardsKathleen.r.richards@gmail.comKathleen Richards is a proud arts educator and performer. A graduate of The Catholic University BT Rome School of Music, Kathleen has worked with young artists to enrich their performance skills and appreciation for the performing arts for over a decade. Kathleen has been seen working on stage and off with several Phoenix area theater companies since relocating from Maryland in 2016. In 2018, Kathleen opened her private studio, Desert Song Studio, to work one-on-one with students in the East Valley cultivate their music and theater skills.
Theatre & StorytellingScienceNatalie Trelstadnatalietrelstad@gmail.comNatalie Trelstad has been active in the education field for over eight years. She has taught children ages 0-13. She has experience teaching theatre, music, dance, kindergarten and preschool. Natalie has participated in many theatre productions and learned to play several musical instruments.
Theatre and Fine ArtsELA, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning, Anti-BullyingTaylor Moschettitaylor.moschetti@gmail.com Moschetti is a freelance theatre and fine arts teaching artist and drama therapist intern with 12 years of experience. She is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center method. She has led a variety of workshops, residencies, and classes at different organizations, such as, ASU Gammage, AZ Dept. of Education, BASIS education, AZ Commission on the Arts, and the Mesa Arts Center. She is the artistic director of Laughing Pig Theatre, and she is a committee member of the Arts & SEL Xrossing Guard committee for the AZ Dept. of Education. Taylor is also currently working on her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and licensure in drama therapy.
Theatre, Dance & MovementELA, Ed TechSarah Tansarah.tanhy7@gmail.com Tan is a deviser, producer, performer, and educator born and raised in Singapore. She graduated from Arizona State University with an MFA in Theatre for Youth and is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. With her personal work strongly leaning in the direction of devised theatre and social media, Sarah envisions this theatrical form as a tool to artistically communicate the complexities of personal experiences through interdisciplinary performance.
Theatre, Spoken Word & DanceELAAnthony Kellyajkelly4@asu.eduIn 2013, Akellz graduated with a BA in Theatre and a BFA in Dance from ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and Arts. He had the privilege of battling at Juste Debout in Paris, France (2013) and also represented Team USA at Hip Hop international in 2015. AKELLZ is currently teaching at Arizona State University and Glendale Community College, a co-founder of The Sacred G's (Touring Hip Hop movement collective), a resident artist with Rising Youth Theatre, and the Content Development Manager for The Be Kind People Project.
Theatre, Visual Arts & DanceELAJean Colejcole497@yahoo.comJean is a Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artist with over 35 years of service in the field of education. Her focus is to collaborate with teachers, demonstrating the powerful impact integrating the arts have on deepening students’ learning experiences. In addition, Jean has created multiple arts integration lessons using Dance & Movement, drama, and visual arts to teach academic curriculum.
Theatre, Visual Arts, Dance & MovementELA, Math, Science & Social StudiesCheryl Cheryl Mertz is an energetic master teacher trainer with over 30 years of experience in Arizona Public Schools. While theatre is her passion, Cheryl is skilled in a wide range of arts integrated teaching strategies that connect drama, visual art, and movement to all areas of the elementary curriculum. Cheryl has provided Professional Development and demonstration lessons in classrooms all over the Valley and can customize trainings/lessons to meet the needs of your students and teachers. She is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center method.
Theatre/StorytellingELAJon Spelmanjon@jonspelman.comhttp://www.jonspelman.comJon Spelman has been a full-time storyteller and story-teacher since 1981, including 8 years with The Kennedy Center’s CETA Program and National Touring Artist Program. His work has been supported by individual grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Maryland Arts Council, the Arts Councils of Florida and The District of Columbia. He is currently a Teaching Artist with the Free Arts Program in Phoenix. His work has been widely commissioned, and he has taught and performed in ten countries and at major festivals throughout the US, and at over 3500 other locations in North America.Out of the Ice Podcast and Once Time Podcast
Theatre/StorytellingHistory, Social-Emotional LearningKenneth Duncan, Sr.n8veways@aol.comhttp://yellowbirdproductions.comKen Duncan Sr. is an accomplished cultural teacher, flute player, artist and storyteller. He is the founder/director of a family based business, Yellow Bird Productions, which was established in 1990 in Mesa, Arizona. Ken is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Ken is an educator, entrepreneur and ambassador of Native American culture. Through Yellow Bird Productions, he has combined his love and passion of family and heritage to promote a positive and accurate image of Native American people here in our great state of Arizona and across the world. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Visual & Interdisciplinary ArtsELA, Social StudiesHussein Mohamedhamoham2@asu.eduHussein Mohamed is an Arizona native, with a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance. He is an experienced artistic associate of both Second Stage West, a black box theatre located on the ASU West campus, and also works with iTheatre Collaborative, a resident company of the Herberger Theatre in downtown Phoenix. As an InterdiScienceplinary artist, Mr. Mohamed has many skills in lighting design, sound design, videography, directing, and theatre management/production. Out of the Ice Podcast and Once Time Podcast
Visual ArtsSocial-emotional Learning; Social Studies, ELA, ScienceAdriana Martinezadrianamartinezartist@gmail.comhttp://adrianamartinezartist.comAdriana Martinez grew up between the two worlds of urbane Texas and coastal Mexico, her young mind almost immediately latched onto art as a means of expressing the beautiful experiences and environments she encountered. Adriana is a visual artist, a dream illustrator, a painter of souls. Adriana has been teaching art for more than 13 years and is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. She is also frequently sought after for various forms of portraiture and indigenous art.
Visual ArtsHistoryAlistair Mayfoucastor@gmail.comAlistair May has been an educator for over 13 years in Title I schools. He has worked in Buckeye and Phoenix as both an elementary and middle school teacher. Alistair has also done many before and after school programs including: starting art clubs, being a yearbook director, teaching academic interventions, running an intramural sports program, pioneering a district wide art show and even coaching. He also uses technology within his teaching including self made YouTube videos on a variety of topics and making digital portfolios.
Visual ArtsELA & Social StudiesAndrea Canalesandbeecan@gmail.comA lifelong and degreed cinephile, Andrea Canale' 13-year-plus career in film includes her time as the Festival Director for the International Horror & Science Fi Film Festival, Arizona’s largest genre film festival for six years. In her role as Film Programmer for FilmBar (since 2012) they have continuously been awarded Phoenix’s Best Indie Movie Theater (Phoenix New Times). Since 2018 she has instructed college-level film classes as a Faculty Associate at the ASU Herberger Institute: School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Also in 2018, she completed training and a high school residency in the inaugural cohort of the Molly Blank Fund ASU Gammage Teaching Artist program.
Visual ArtsScienceAnne Ferbracheeaferbrache@gmail.com Ferbrache is best known for her life-like and illustrative oil portraiture on maps. Her love of human story and interaction is rooted in her multicultural heritage, the joy of travel, and the life of inquiry. She works primarily in oil paints, and wood block and linoleum prints. She completed her visual arts degree at Taylor University in Upland, IN, with concentrations in drawing and painting. Anne’s art work has been exhibited country-wide and internationally. She teaches painting and drawing at the Edna Vihel Arts Center, and she is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.
Visual ArtsSocial SkillsCarrie Bloomstoncarrie.bloomston@pcds.org Bloomston studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA,1994), then moved to the Arizona desert. Carrie designs textiles for New Jersey-based Windham Fabrics which are sold around the world. She wrote a book offering a road map to a creative life called The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity (Stash Books, 2014). Additionally, Carrie now teaches art to middle school students at Phoenix Country Day School. Carrie is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.
Visual ArtsMathCynthia Standleycas2006@cox.netCynthia Standley, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Director of the Art in Medicine program at the College. She founded the Art in Medicine program at the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix in 2014 and has partnered with the Phoenix Art Museum to provide arts education with the goal of improving patient care and wellness. She is a certified Zentangle® Teacher, and teaches meditative pattern drawing to promote self-care and wellness. She is also certified through the QPR Institute to provide suicide awareness and prevention training. She recently completed the Molly Blank Fund-ASU Gammage Teaching Artist program utilizing the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.
Visual ArtsScienceDani Godreaudanigodreau@gmail.comDani Godreau is a local artist who is best known for her explorations of women’s traditional crafts through paper cutting. Her work stretches the definition of drawing by creating line and form through incisions and shadow while paying homage to the global tradition of paper cutting as an art form. She graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Painting and BA in Art History in 2012 going on to receive her MFA in Drawing/Painting from Arizona State University in 2016. She currently resides in Tempe AZ while teaching at ASU and within the Tempe School District's Visiting Studio Artist Program.
Visual ArtsScienceDanica Marlindsmarlin@asu.eduhttp://www.danicamarlinart.weekly.comDanica Marlin is an emerging visual artist from Washington State, USA. She received her Bachelor of Art and Arts Administration from Whitworth University and is currently employed as an Art and Design Instructor of Record by Arizona State University as she works towards her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture. Danica’s teaching and administrative background have a wide breadth from programming and teaching Art Camp for grades 8-12, working with disadvantaged youth painting murals under the Educational Service District 123 Grant, and working with a wide range of arts professionals in galleries and Art Centers of states including Washington and Arizona. Marlin's eco-centric imagery realized in her mixed media sculptures of iron, wood, ceramic and fibers functions as immersive pseudo environments for viewers to exist within. She recognizes our first environment as the womb, and our final environment—that which we are afforded in our Earth.@danicamarlinart
Visual ArtsELADanielle Polettodaniellepoletto@gmail.comDanielle Poletto is a Visual Artist. She meets with Artist on their creative level and offers artist and crafters a safe place to explore a diverse mediums. Through her gentle teaching philosophy, Danielle focuses on the whole artist to aid in their personal artistic growth.
Visual ArtsScienceDevon Meyersdevonkearny@yahoo.com an artist, Devon Meyers is constantly inspired by nature. The elaborate patterns and gorgeous colors seen in a plants, birds or flowers are reflected in the work she does. She teaches art and art journaling, inspiring students to look closer and ask more questions. Watercolor is her favorite medium and she also works in oil, charcoal, pen and ink, calligraphy and colored pencil. Devon is a Molly Blank Fund-ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.
Visual ArtsScienceEstephania Gonzálezsgonzalez0526@gmail.com González is a Phoenix-based multimedia artist from the Midwest. Using video, animation, sculpture, installation, and performance, she explores concepts of spacetime and cosmologies. González’s work aims at sharing narratives to better understand each other in a time where harsh realities plague our species and our planet. González received her MFA in Intermedia from Arizona State University. She is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. She received a BFA in Performance Art and BA in Art History from the University of Northern Iowa.
Visual ArtsSocial-Emotional LearningGenise McGregorgenisemcgregor@mac.comhttp://genisemcgregor.comGenise McGregor is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist, trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method, as well as a Docent of the Phoenix Art Museum. She has been sharing her love of the creative process with all ages through speaking engagements, workshops, classroom settings, and individual creative mentoring since 2008. As an artist, she enjoys creating in acrylic, mixed media, and printmaking. As a teaching artist she uses art to help others explore and enhance their life experience.
Visual ArtsComputer Science, Math, Science, Social-Emotional LearningHedda Neelsenhedda.neelsen@gmail.comHedda Neelsen is a visual artist and educator who is passionate about nurturing creativity by means of arts integrated education. Since receiving her BFA from Arizona State University, she has explored a multitude of visual art mediums and techniques resulting in a versatile skill set. In addition to maintaining her personal studio practice she has been employed as an artist to create artwork for hotels and casinos in Southern California. Currently she is working to share her art expertise with students in classrooms and community settings through arts integrated programs.@hedda.neelsen
Visual ArtsMath, Science, Social-Emotional LearningJose Benavidesjoseart0@gmail.comhttp://joseart.comJose A. Benavides is an artist that has exhibited from the Washington White House to Burning Man (an international sculpture exhibition in the Nevada desert). Jose has taught at the High School level and as an Artist In Residence for twenty years. Jose has a Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree which helps him develop lessons that incorporate Math and Science within the Arts. Jose also has a Masters in Fine Arts which forms The Left-Brain, Right-Brain thinking necessary in developing his art, and opens his mind to recognize the possibilities in student artwork. This type of thinking capability is what the Kennedy Center integration method is trying to develop in Artists with the current training. @joseart0
Visual ArtsScienceKandice KardellKandice.kardell@gmail.comKandice Kardell earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in 2005 from Arizona State University and began her career as a Teaching Artist in Chicago. She partnered with nonprofit organizations, and the Chicago Public Schools to create arts-based programs which improved learning, affirmed identity, and enhanced cross-cultural understanding. She has since earned a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and has taught in Mexico, Honduras, South Korea, Myanmar and the US. Over the last decade she has used visual art to facilitate language acquisition, literacy, and critical thinking in TESOL and English Composition classrooms. In 2017 she returned to her native state of Arizona, and continues to work as an artist and English/TESOL educator in higher education.
Visual ArtsELA, Math, Science & Social StudiesKim Buchheitkim@buchheitcreative.comKim Buchheit's 25-year-plus career in the arts includes art director posts at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Grand Canyon Association. She teaches fiber arts workshops throughout the region, has taught college-level design courses in the Valley, and received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She's been a long-serving juror for the Tempe Fine Arts Festival, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Grand Canyon's Artist-in-Residence program. Kim also operates her own design business.
Visual ArtsScienceLakota Mosseylakotasierra@yahoo.comLakota Mossey has been teaching art to students since 2001, ranging from recycled art at arts festivals and city murals to currently teaching kindergarten through sixth grade in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Her mediums include ceramics, watercolor, fiber, found object art, acrylic painting and intaglio. After attending the University of Arizona with an MFA in Art Education she studied abroad in Florence, Italy apprenticing book and print making. Lakota is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. Instagram & YouTube: @amadderofpainters
Visual ArtsMathMei-Kuei Cruisemeikueichan@yahoo.comMei-Kuei has been a veteran of Chinese Fine Arts for over 3 decades. Born and raised in Taiwan, R.O.C., she received her Teaching Certificate at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan. Mei-Kuei is currently a faculty associate instructor in the Department of Dance at Arizona State University, and has received the Outstanding Faculty Award for ASU College of Extended Education. Additionally, Mei-Kuei has been on the Arizona Commission on the Arts roster since 1989 and has done residencies at schools in over 15 school districts in Arizona, including schools on Indian reservations. Mei-Kuei is also an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.
Visual ArtsScienceNik Ridleynik.ridley@gmail.com The founder of AZCRU, an Art+Apparel company and collective based in Phoenix, Arizona, Nik Ridley provides visual art for both residential and business interiors and exhibits in galleries and art spaces across the United States. Nik also works as a consultant in social media branding, marketing and design.
Visual ArtsMath, Computer Science, ELA, Social StudiesNoemy Esparza-Isaacsonnesparz4@asu.eduNoemy is a Digital Technology second year MFA graduate student, artist, and educator whose eclectic background and artistic palette encompass not only traditional mediums (painting, drawing, sculpture) but also digital media (music, video, animation), performance art, and interactive digital media. Her studio practice focuses on social justice issues such as art education access, community outreach, child advocacy, and works rooted in her tricultural American/Mexican/Native American heritage. Her work thrives in the intersectionality of traditional and digital media, especially when the media is a vehicle for iconography and imagery that relate to her indigenous roots. In May of 2021, Noemy completed the Molly Blank Fund-ASU Gammage Teaching Artists Program whose culminating teaching artist residency was completed at a Phoenix elementary school. 1 - Insta:
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Visual ArtsMath, ELA, Science, Social StudiesOlivia Hernandezolivia.noher@gmail.comhttp://www.xonoh.comOlivia Hernández is an interdisciplinary artist who takes many forms - animator, educator, performer and creative coder. She actively investigates spaces where art, performance and technology interact with each other to reveal the connections holding the world together. Olivia is in her third year of graduate school at Arizona State University - Tempe, earning her Interdisciplinary Theatre MFA in Digital Media & Performance degree. She is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method, with a BFA in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas and a BA from Baker University double-majoring in Political Science and International Studies. @xonoh
Visual ArtsMathRebecca Marksteinbeckmarkstein@gmail.comRebecca Markstein is a Molly Blank Fund-ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. With a deep commitment to educating young minds, Rebecca is both engaging and energetic in the classroom, bringing a fresh approach to combining core standards with arts integration. Rebecca is a graphic design professional with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University who continues to bring a strong passion for the arts and education when teaching.
Visual ArtsELA, Math, Science & Social StudiesShari Keithshari.keith@gmail.comShari Keith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a Master of Arts degree in Education, and is an ASU Gammage Teaching Artist trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. She has been a professional teaching artist in visual arts for over 14 years. Calling herself The Junk Lady, Shari introduces students to using found and discarded objects in non-traditional ways to create unique pieces of visual art. She has recently completed artist-in-residence programs for Scottsdale Arts, was a studio artist for the Tempe Elementary School District, teaches Art History at the University of Dubuque, is a professional artist with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona.
Visual ArtsMathViktoria Geyervgeyer@pvschools.netViktoria Geyer is a Visual Arts teacher and a Molly Blank Fund-ASU Gammage Teaching Artist, trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method. Born and raised in the Ukraine, Viktoria Geyer grew up appreciating all forms of art. In 2002, she graduated from ASU International School of Business with Magna Cum Laude, majoring in International Finance. Deciding to teach art for living, she completed the Rio Salado post-bac program for art educators in 2015. She started working for Paradise Valley Unified School District in teaching Beginning and Advanced Art, and has been there since.