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					                               Houston	
  Arts	
  Partners	
  Conference	
  
                        	
                   SEPTEMBER	
  13,	
  2011	
  
                                                                        	
  
                                                   KEYNOTE	
  SPEAKER	
  

Claudio	
  Sanchez	
  
National	
  Public	
  Radio,	
  Education	
  Correspondent	
  

Former	
  elementary	
  and	
  middle	
  school	
  teacher	
  Claudio	
  Sanchez	
                   !
is	
  the	
  education	
  correspondent	
  for	
  NPR.	
  He	
  focuses	
  on	
  the	
  
"three	
  p's"	
  of	
  education	
  reform:	
  politics,	
  policy	
  and	
  pedagogy.	
  
Sanchez's	
  reports	
  air	
  regularly	
  on	
  NPR's	
  award-­‐winning	
  
newsmagazines	
  Morning	
  Edition,	
  All	
  Things	
  Considered,	
  and	
  
Weekend	
  Edition.	
  	
  

Sanchez	
  joined	
  NPR	
  in	
  1989,	
  after	
  serving	
  for	
  a	
  year	
  as	
  
executive	
  producer	
  for	
  the	
  El	
  Paso,	
  Texas,	
  based	
  Latin	
  American	
  
News	
  Service,	
  a	
  daily	
  national	
  radio	
  news	
  service	
  covering	
  Latin	
  
America	
  and	
  the	
  U.S.-­‐	
  Mexico	
  border.	
  

From	
  1984	
  to	
  1988,	
  Sanchez	
  was	
  news	
  and	
  public	
  affairs	
  
director	
  at	
  KXCR-­‐FM	
  in	
  El	
  Paso.	
  During	
  this	
  time,	
  he	
  contributed	
  
reports	
  and	
  features	
  to	
  NPR's	
  news	
  programs.	
  In	
  2008,	
  Sanchez	
  
won	
  First	
  Prize	
  in	
  the	
  Education	
  Writers	
  Association's	
  National	
  
Awards	
  for	
  Education	
  Reporting,	
  for	
  his	
  series	
  "The	
  Student	
  
Loan	
  Crisis."	
  He	
  was	
  named	
  as	
  a	
  Class	
  of	
  2007	
  Fellow	
  by	
  the	
                                             	
  
Nieman	
  Foundation	
  for	
  Journalism	
  at	
  Harvard	
  University.	
  In	
  
1985,	
  Sanchez	
  received	
  one	
  of	
  broadcasting's	
  top	
  honors,	
  the	
  
Alfred	
  I.	
  duPont-­‐Columbia	
  University	
  Silver	
  Baton,	
  for	
  a	
  series	
  he	
  co-­‐produced,	
  "Sanctuary:	
  The	
  
New	
  Underground	
  Railroad."	
  In	
  addition,	
  he	
  has	
  won	
  the	
  Guillermo	
  Martinez-­‐Marquez	
  Award	
  
for	
  Best	
  Spot	
  News,	
  the	
  El	
  Paso	
  Press	
  Club	
  Award	
  for	
  Best	
  Investigative	
  Reporting,	
  and	
  was	
  
recognized	
  for	
  outstanding	
  local	
  news	
  coverage	
  by	
  the	
  Corporation	
  for	
  Public	
  Broadcasting.	
  	
  

Sanchez	
  is	
  a	
  native	
  of	
  Nogales,	
  Mexico,	
  and	
  a	
  graduate	
  of	
  Northern	
  Arizona	
  University,	
  with	
  
post-­‐baccalaureate	
  studies	
  at	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Arizona	
  in	
  Tucson.	
  




                                      Houston Arts Partners Conference, September 13, 2011

                                                      www.HoustonArtsPartners.org
                                                    KEYNOTE	
  SPEAKER	
  

Dr.	
  Stephen	
  L.	
  Klineberg	
  
Kinder	
  Institute	
  for	
  Urban	
  Research,	
  Co-­‐Director	
  

Rice	
  University	
                                                                                !


A	
  graduate	
  of	
  Haverford	
  College	
  near	
  Philadelphia,	
  Professor	
  
Klineberg	
  received	
  an	
  M.A.	
  in	
  Psychopathology	
  from	
  the	
  
University	
  of	
  Paris	
  and	
  a	
  Ph.D.	
  in	
  Social	
  Psychology	
  from	
  
Harvard.	
  After	
  teaching	
  at	
  Princeton,	
  he	
  joined	
  Rice	
  
University's	
  Sociology	
  Department	
  in	
  1972.	
  The	
  recipient	
  of	
  
ten	
  major	
  teaching	
  awards,	
  including	
  the	
  George	
  R.	
  Brown	
  
Lifetime	
  Award	
  for	
  Excellence	
  in	
  Teaching,	
  he	
  is	
  a	
  faculty	
  
associate	
  and	
  divisional	
  advisor	
  at	
  Lovett	
  College,	
  where	
  he	
                                                                	
  
twice	
  served	
  as	
  Interim	
  Master.	
  

In	
  March	
  1982,	
  he	
  and	
  his	
  students	
  initiated	
  the	
  annual	
  Houston	
  Area	
  Survey,	
  now	
  in	
  its	
  29th	
  
year	
  of	
  tracking	
  the	
  changes	
  in	
  the	
  demographic	
  patterns,	
  life	
  experiences,	
  attitudes,	
  and	
  beliefs	
  
of	
  Harris	
  County	
  residents.	
  The	
  Houston	
  region	
  recovered	
  from	
  the	
  collapse	
  of	
  the	
  oil-­‐boom	
  in	
  
the	
  1980s	
  to	
  find	
  itself	
  squarely	
  in	
  the	
  midst	
  of	
  a	
  restructured	
  economy	
  and	
  a	
  demographic	
  
revolution.	
  No	
  other	
  city	
  in	
  America	
  has	
  been	
  the	
  focus	
  of	
  a	
  long-­‐term	
  longitudinal	
  research	
  
program	
  of	
  this	
  scope.	
  None	
  more	
  clearly	
  exemplifies	
  the	
  transformations	
  that	
  are	
  refashioning	
  
the	
  social	
  and	
  political	
  landscape	
  of	
  urban	
  America.	
  

The	
  project	
  has	
  attracted	
  great	
  interest	
  and	
  generous	
  support	
  from	
  foundations,	
  corporations,	
  
and	
  individuals	
  in	
  the	
  wider	
  Houston	
  community	
  and	
  beyond.	
  That	
  support	
  has	
  made	
  it	
  possible	
  
not	
  only	
  to	
  fund	
  these	
  professional	
  surveys,	
  but	
  also	
  to	
  expand	
  the	
  research	
  each	
  year	
  with	
  
additional	
  interviews	
  in	
  Houston's	
  Anglo,	
  African-­‐American,	
  and	
  Latino	
  communities.	
  In	
  1995	
  
and	
  2002,	
  the	
  surveys	
  reached	
  large	
  representative	
  samples	
  from	
  Houston’s	
  Asian	
  communities	
  
as	
  well,	
  with	
  one-­‐fourth	
  of	
  the	
  interviews	
  conducted	
  in	
  Vietnamese,	
  Cantonese,	
  Mandarin,	
  or	
  
Korean.	
  

Co-­‐author	
  of	
  The	
  Present	
  of	
  Things	
  Future:	
  Explorations	
  of	
  Time	
  in	
  Human	
  Experience,	
  Dr.	
  
Klineberg	
  has	
  written	
  numerous	
  journal	
  articles	
  and	
  research	
  reports,	
  and	
  appears	
  frequently	
  on	
  
radio	
  and	
  television.	
  He	
  is	
  also	
  the	
  founding	
  Co-­‐director	
  of	
  Rice	
  University’s	
  “Institute	
  for	
  Urban	
  
Research.”	
  Its	
  mission	
  is	
  to	
  provide	
  a	
  permanent	
  home	
  for	
  the	
  annual	
  Houston	
  Area	
  Survey,	
  
stimulate	
  other	
  metropolitan	
  research,	
  sponsor	
  educational	
  programs,	
  and	
  engage	
  in	
  public	
  
outreach	
  that	
  advances	
  understanding	
  of	
  pressing	
  urban	
  issues	
  and	
  fosters	
  the	
  development	
  of	
  
more	
  humane	
  and	
  sustainable	
  cities.	
  	
  


                                       Houston Arts Partners Conference, September 13, 2011

                                                      www.HoustonArtsPartners.org
                                                        PRESENTER	
  BIO’S	
  
	
  
Julie	
  Brook	
  Alexander	
  earned	
  a	
  Master’s	
  degree	
  in	
  teaching	
  with	
  a	
  concentration	
  in	
  Art	
  from	
  
Rice	
  University.	
  	
  She	
  has	
  teaching	
  experience	
  in	
  grade	
  levels	
  from	
  k-­‐12	
  in	
  public	
  and	
  private	
  
schools	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  experience	
  in	
  hospital	
  and	
  museum	
  settings.	
  	
  	
  As	
  a	
  professional	
  photographer,	
  
she	
  has	
  participated	
  in	
  numerous	
  gallery	
  and	
  juried	
  shows	
  in	
  Houston	
  and	
  outside	
  the	
  state,	
  as	
  
well.	
  	
  Her	
  current	
  work	
  combines	
  photography	
  with	
  collage	
  and	
  painting.	
  

Alex	
  Arizpe,	
  Jr.	
  has	
  been	
  on	
  the	
  faculty	
  of	
  Houston	
  Ballet’s	
  Summer	
  Intensive,	
  The	
  Houston	
  
Met,	
  Uptown	
  Dance	
  Center,	
  and	
  Rodriguez	
  Dance	
  Academy.	
  	
  He	
  teaches	
  for	
  Crowd	
  Pleasers	
  
Dance	
  Camps	
  and	
  Pure	
  Dance	
  Jams	
  throughout	
  Texas.	
  	
  He	
  was	
  a	
  dancer	
  and	
  choreographer	
  for	
  
both	
  the	
  Delia	
  Stewart	
  Dance	
  Company	
  and	
  the	
  Houston	
  Metropolitan	
  Dance	
  Company	
  as	
  well	
  
as	
  a	
  member	
  of	
  the	
  Freakazoids,	
  a	
  break	
  dance	
  company	
  here	
  in	
  Houston	
  from	
  1979-­‐1983.	
  	
  His	
  
musical	
  theater	
  credits	
  include	
  The	
  King	
  and	
  I,	
  and	
  Chess	
  with	
  Theatre	
  Under	
  the	
  Starts.	
  	
  Alex	
  
has	
  received	
  numerous	
  awards	
  for	
  competitions	
  in	
  jitterbug	
  and	
  disco	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  National	
  
Country	
  and	
  Western	
  Dance	
  Champion	
  for	
  three	
  straight	
  years.	
  	
  Choreography	
  credits	
  include	
  
“Jitterhopin”	
  for	
  Texas	
  Ballet	
  Theater,	
  under	
  the	
  direction	
  of	
  Ben	
  Stevenson;	
  HITS	
  Theater	
  
productions	
  of	
  The	
  King	
  and	
  I,	
  Seussical	
  the	
  Musical,	
  and	
  Carnival	
  at	
  Miller	
  Outdoor	
  Theater;	
  
Dance	
  Houston;	
  Choreographers	
  X	
  6	
  at	
  The	
  Jewish	
  Community	
  Center’s	
  Kaplan	
  Theater;	
  
Houston	
  Metropolitan	
  Dance	
  Company,	
  Clear	
  Lake	
  Metropolitan	
  Ballet;	
  and	
  Dance	
  Salad	
  at	
  The	
  
Wortham	
  Center.	
  Alex	
  joins	
  Houston	
  Ballet’s	
  Education	
  and	
  Outreach	
  Department	
  in	
  June,	
  2008.	
  	
  

Estevan	
  Azcona	
  joined	
  MECA	
  as	
  Music	
  Director,	
  having	
  previously	
  served	
  on	
  its	
  Board	
  of	
  
Directors.	
  He	
  has	
  directed	
  the	
  mariachi	
  ensemble	
  of	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Texas	
  at	
  Austin,	
  Mariachi	
  
Paredes	
  de	
  Tejastitlán,	
  and	
  is	
  himself	
  a	
  guitarronero.	
  He	
  is	
  also	
  a	
  member	
  of	
  the	
  Austin-­‐based	
  
Mexican	
  son	
  group,	
  Mitote.	
  	
  Azcona	
  studied	
  ethnomusicology	
  and	
  Mexican	
  American	
  Studies	
  at	
  
the	
  University	
  of	
  Texas	
  at	
  Austin,	
  where	
  he	
  completed	
  his	
  Ph.D.	
  in	
  2008.	
  	
  	
  He	
  has	
  taught	
  courses	
  
on	
  ethnomusicology	
  and	
  Chicano	
  cultural	
  and	
  musical	
  history	
  at	
  Indiana	
  University,	
  DePauw	
  
University,	
  University	
  of	
  Texas	
  at	
  Austin,	
  and	
  University	
  of	
  Houston.	
  	
  In	
  2005,	
  he	
  co-­‐produced	
  
the	
  Smithsonian	
  Folkways	
  Recordings	
  CD	
  compilation,	
  Rolas	
  de	
  Aztlán:	
  Songs	
  of	
  the	
  Chicano	
  
Movement,	
  based	
  on	
  his	
  doctoral	
  research.	
  	
  Dr.	
  Azcona	
  also	
  teaches	
  as	
  adjunct	
  assistant	
  
professor	
  for	
  the	
  Center	
  for	
  Mexican	
  American	
  Studies	
  at	
  University	
  of	
  Houston.	
  

Anthony	
  Brandt	
  earned	
  his	
  degrees	
  from	
  California	
  Institute	
  of	
  the	
  Arts	
  and	
  Harvard	
  
University.	
  	
  His	
  honors	
  include	
  a	
  Koussevitzky	
  Commission	
  from	
  the	
  Library	
  of	
  Congress	
  and	
  
grants	
  from	
  the	
  National	
  Endowment	
  for	
  the	
  Arts,	
  Meet-­‐the-­‐Composer,	
  the	
  Houston	
  Arts	
  
Alliance	
  and	
  fellowships	
  at	
  the	
  Wellesley	
  Composers	
  Conference,	
  the	
  Tanglewood	
  Institute,	
  the	
  
MacDowell	
  Colony	
  and	
  the	
  Djerassi	
  Resident	
  Artists	
  Colony.	
  A	
  recording	
  of	
  his	
  vocal	
  music,	
  
including	
  his	
  chamber	
  opera	
  The	
  Birth	
  of	
  Something,	
  is	
  available	
  on	
  Albany	
  Records.	
  	
  Upcoming	
  
commissions	
  include	
  a	
  new	
  work	
  for	
  soprano	
  Karol	
  Bennett	
  and	
  the	
  River	
  Oaks	
  Chamber	
  


                                         Houston Arts Partners Conference, September 13, 2011

                                                          www.HoustonArtsPartners.org
Orchestra	
  with	
  a	
  libretto	
  by	
  neuroscientist	
  and	
  author	
  David	
  Eagleman,	
  to	
  be	
  premiered	
  next	
  
April.	
  

Karen	
  Capo	
  works	
  to	
  develop	
  and	
  empower	
  teacher	
  leaders	
  in	
  the	
  greater	
  Houston	
  area.	
  While	
  
much	
  of	
  SLC’s	
  work	
  occurs	
  with	
  teachers,	
  students	
  and	
  families	
  at	
  the	
  early	
  childhood	
  level	
  
(infants	
  through	
  second	
  grade),	
  SLC	
  also	
  works	
  in	
  collaboration	
  with	
  such	
  organizations	
  as	
  
Houston	
  Grand	
  Opera’s	
  HGOco,	
  Writers	
  in	
  the	
  Schools	
  (WITS),	
  MFAH	
  and	
  MFAH-­‐Rienzi,	
  Rice	
  
Gallery	
  and	
  others	
  to	
  sponsor	
  a	
  number	
  of	
  arts	
  integration	
  projects	
  at	
  the	
  prekindergarten	
  
through	
  high	
  school	
  level.	
  	
  Some	
  of	
  these	
  projects	
  like	
  Writing	
  and	
  the	
  Arts	
  bring	
  teachers	
  to	
  the	
  
Rice	
  University	
  campus,	
  but	
  most	
  take	
  place	
  in	
  schools	
  and	
  community	
  locations.	
  Ms.	
  Capo	
  is	
  a	
  
long-­‐time	
  teacher,	
  “theater	
  mom”	
  to	
  two	
  high	
  school	
  sons	
  and	
  2007	
  recipient	
  of	
  the	
  Teacher	
  
Educator	
  of	
  the	
  Year	
  award	
  by	
  HAAEYC	
  (Houston	
  Area	
  Association	
  for	
  the	
  Education	
  of	
  Young	
  
Children.)	
  

Long	
  Chu	
  is	
  the	
  Associate	
  Director	
  for	
  Writers	
  in	
  the	
  Schools	
  (WITS).	
  He	
  plans	
  and	
  implements	
  
WITS'	
  creative	
  writing	
  and	
  education	
  outreach	
  programs.	
  A	
  writer	
  and	
  poet	
  originally	
  from	
  
Vietnam,	
  Long	
  earned	
  an	
  M.F.A.	
  in	
  poetry	
  from	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Houston	
  Creative	
  Writing	
  
Program.	
  His	
  poems	
  are	
  anthologized	
  in	
  several	
  books,	
  including	
  Watermark	
  and	
  Both	
  Sides	
  
Now.	
  He	
  has	
  been	
  with	
  WITS	
  as	
  an	
  administrator	
  for	
  the	
  past	
  14	
  years.	
  He	
  sits	
  on	
  the	
  Program	
  
Committee	
  of	
  the	
  Houston	
  Arts	
  Partners	
  and	
  has	
  served	
  on	
  the	
  Artistic	
  Board	
  of	
  DiverseWorks	
  
Arts	
  Space	
  and	
  Gulf	
  Coast	
  Literary	
  Journal.	
  

Rozie	
  Curtis	
  is	
  the	
  manager	
  of	
  Community	
  Outreach	
  at	
  Theatre	
  Under	
  The	
  Stars.	
  	
  She	
  has	
  
helped	
  create	
  outreach	
  programs	
  for	
  all	
  areas	
  of	
  the	
  Houston	
  and	
  greater	
  Houston	
  community.	
  
TUTS	
  outreach	
  programs	
  reach	
  thousands	
  of	
  students	
  and	
  teachers	
  every	
  year.	
  	
  She	
  is	
  an	
  
actress,	
  director,	
  choreographer,	
  writer,	
  teacher,	
  and	
  arts	
  administrator.	
  In	
  addition	
  to	
  reaching	
  
out	
  to	
  schools,	
  she	
  also	
  teaches	
  acting	
  at	
  Theatre	
  Under	
  The	
  Stars	
  in	
  The	
  Academy.	
  	
  She	
  
graduated	
  Magna	
  Cum	
  Laude	
  from	
  St.	
  Edward’s	
  Univ.	
  with	
  a	
  degree	
  in	
  Theatre	
  Arts.	
  After	
  
college,	
  she	
  went	
  on	
  to	
  do	
  professional	
  stage	
  work.	
  Stage	
  credits	
  include	
  numerous	
  productions	
  
in	
  children,	
  youth,	
  and	
  adult	
  theatre	
  across	
  the	
  country.	
  At	
  TUTS	
  she	
  has	
  directed	
  Disney’s	
  
“Camp	
  Rock,	
  The	
  Final	
  Jam”,	
  Disney’s	
  “My	
  Son	
  Pinocchio	
  Jr.”,	
  “School	
  House	
  Rock	
  Live	
  Jr.,	
  
Disney’s	
  “When	
  You	
  Wish”,	
  Disney’s	
  “Dual	
  Language	
  Aladdin”.	
  She	
  has	
  directed,	
  choreographed	
  
and	
  acted	
  in	
  over	
  50	
  theatrical	
  productions	
  from	
  musicals	
  to	
  straight	
  plays.	
  She	
  is	
  also	
  an	
  award-­‐
winning	
  filmmaker	
  and	
  constantly	
  sought	
  after	
  writer,	
  choreographer,	
  director	
  and	
  acting	
  coach	
  
and	
  teaches	
  workshops	
  in	
  all	
  of	
  the	
  previous	
  mentioned	
  areas.	
  	
  	
  

Annette	
  Daniels-­‐Taylor	
  is	
  a	
  playwright,	
  poet,	
  actor,	
  teacher,	
  singer	
  and	
  costumer.	
  Daniels-­‐
Taylor	
  wrote	
  the	
  one-­‐woman	
  theatrical	
  piece	
  Nancy	
  Goes	
  to	
  Seneca	
  Falls	
  for	
  Young	
  Audiences	
  
Western	
  New	
  York.	
  	
  She	
  also	
  developed	
  four	
  writing	
  workshops	
  to	
  be	
  presented	
  with	
  “Nancy”	
  
for	
  the	
  innovative	
  Underground	
  Railroad	
  in	
  Western	
  New	
  York	
  residency.	
  In	
  2009,	
  Daniels-­‐Taylor	
  
won	
  the	
  Artie's	
  Emanuel	
  Fried	
  Award	
  for	
  New	
  Play,	
  A	
  Little	
  Bit	
  of	
  Paradise,	
  which	
  premiered	
  at	
  


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Road	
  Less	
  Traveled	
  Productions	
  in	
  2008.	
  Annette	
  has	
  worked	
  on	
  or	
  behind	
  many	
  notable	
  
productions,	
  including	
  HBO's	
  Def	
  Comedy	
  Jam,	
  MTV,	
  Apollo	
  Theater,	
  Black	
  Entertainment	
  
Television,	
  and	
  Nuyorican	
  Poets	
  Café.	
  While	
  working	
  as	
  a	
  designer	
  and	
  stylist	
  for	
  Ruby	
  Dee,	
  
Queen	
  Latifah,	
  Lenny	
  Kravitz,	
  and	
  Russell	
  Simmons,	
  she	
  received	
  a	
  scholarship	
  from	
  the	
  Lee	
  
Strasberg	
  Theater	
  Institute.	
  She	
  and	
  her	
  husband,	
  artist	
  Rodney	
  Taylor,	
  moved	
  to	
  his	
  native	
  
Buffalo	
  so	
  that	
  they	
  could	
  devote	
  more	
  time	
  to	
  their	
  art	
  and	
  their	
  four	
  children.	
  

Jackie	
  deMontmollin	
  is	
  the	
  Associate	
  Director	
  of	
  Theatre	
  Education	
  for	
  The	
  University	
  of	
  
Houston	
  School	
  of	
  Theatre	
  &	
  Dance.	
  	
  Ms.	
  deMontmollin	
  developed,	
  teaches	
  in	
  and	
  heads	
  The	
  
Summer	
  Master	
  of	
  Arts	
  for	
  Theatre	
  Educators.	
  She	
  also	
  teaches	
  Undergraduate	
  Acting,	
  
developed	
  the	
  BFA	
  in	
  Theatre	
  Education	
  at	
  UH	
  and	
  teaches	
  The	
  Essentials	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts	
  (an	
  Arts	
  
Integration	
  course)	
  for	
  The	
  University	
  of	
  St.	
  Thomas	
  School	
  of	
  Education.	
  	
  Ms.	
  deMontmollin	
  
previously	
  taught	
  in	
  public	
  schools	
  for	
  fifteen	
  years	
  where	
  she	
  practiced	
  portfolio	
  assessment	
  
with	
  students	
  consistently.	
  She	
  is	
  a	
  Regional	
  UIL	
  One	
  Act	
  Play	
  Adjucator,	
  serves	
  on	
  the	
  Education	
  
Committee	
  for	
  the	
  Society	
  of	
  Performing	
  Arts	
  Houston,	
  the	
  Board	
  of	
  Karen	
  Stokes	
  Dance	
  and	
  is	
  
President-­‐Elect	
  of	
  The	
  Texas	
  Educational	
  Theatre	
  Association	
  (TETA).	
  She	
  holds	
  an	
  M.Ed.	
  in	
  
Educational	
  Administration	
  from	
  Concordia	
  University.	
  

Nazanin	
  Fatemian	
  has	
  managed	
  arts	
  and	
  cultural	
  educational	
  programming	
  for	
  the	
  
International	
  House	
  of	
  Blues	
  Foundation	
  (IHOBF)	
  for	
  over	
  three	
  years	
  in	
  Dallas	
  and	
  Houston	
  and	
  
is	
  now	
  managing	
  IHOBF	
  programming	
  in	
  Los	
  Angeles.	
  Her	
  background	
  and	
  professional	
  
experience	
  lies	
  in	
  education	
  as	
  a	
  classroom	
  teacher	
  for	
  Dallas	
  ISD	
  and	
  the	
  NYC	
  Department	
  of	
  
Education	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  in	
  marketing	
  and	
  promotions.	
  She	
  holds	
  a	
  Bachelors	
  of	
  Business	
  
Administration	
  Degree	
  (Marketing)	
  from	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  North	
  Texas.	
  Additionally,	
  she	
  is	
  
certified	
  to	
  teach	
  ESL	
  (PK-­‐12)	
  in	
  the	
  states	
  of	
  Texas	
  and	
  New	
  York	
  and	
  has	
  completed	
  graduate	
  
coursework	
  in	
  ESL	
  Education	
  at	
  Texas	
  A&M	
  University.	
  

Ryan	
  Ferrugia	
  is	
  a	
  graduate	
  of	
  Houston	
  Baptist	
  University	
  holding	
  Bachelors	
  degree	
  in	
  Music	
  
Education	
  and	
  is	
  currently	
  in	
  his	
  third	
  year	
  of	
  teaching	
  music	
  at	
  Ridgecrest	
  Elementary	
  in	
  Spring	
  
Branch	
  ISD.	
  Over	
  the	
  last	
  16	
  years,	
  Ryan	
  has	
  performed	
  many	
  different	
  genres	
  of	
  music	
  in	
  
the	
  Houston	
  area	
  including	
  jazz,	
  rock,	
  and	
  of	
  course,	
  musical	
  theater.	
  	
  Some	
  of	
  his	
  most	
  recent	
  
musical	
  theater	
  credits	
  include,	
  "The	
  Andrews	
  Brothers"	
  at	
  	
  Stages	
  Repertory	
  Theatre,	
  "A	
  Light	
  
in	
  the	
  Piazza"	
  and	
  "Caroline	
  or	
  Change"	
  at	
  Main	
  Street	
  Theatre,	
  and	
  Bayou	
  City	
  Concert	
  
Musical	
  productions	
  of	
  "Pal	
  Joey,"	
  "The	
  Secret	
  Garden,"	
  and	
  "Fiorello."	
  	
  Ryan	
  has	
  worked	
  with	
  
the	
  TUTS	
  outreach	
  after	
  school	
  program	
  for	
  the	
  last	
  two	
  years	
  and	
  is	
  looking	
  forward	
  to	
  working	
  
with	
  them	
  in	
  the	
  future.	
  

Cynnie	
  Gaasch	
  is	
  the	
  Executive	
  Director	
  of	
  Young	
  Audiences	
  Western	
  New	
  York	
  since	
  2009.	
  She	
  
is	
  a	
  working	
  visual	
  artist,	
  exhibiting	
  her	
  abstract	
  paintings	
  throughout	
  the	
  northeast.	
  	
  As	
  a	
  grant-­‐
writing	
  consultant,	
  Gaasch’s	
  clients	
  included	
  American	
  Institute	
  of	
  Architects	
  Buffalo/WNY	
  
Chapter,	
  Buffalo	
  Philharmonic	
  Orchestra,	
  and	
  Somali	
  Bantu	
  Organization.	
  	
  A	
  graduate	
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Hampshire	
  College	
  and	
  a	
  recipient	
  of	
  an	
  MFA	
  from	
  American	
  University,	
  she	
  has	
  been	
  Arts	
  
Editor	
  for	
  ARTVOICE,	
  Professor	
  of	
  Art	
  and	
  Curator	
  at	
  SUNY	
  Fredonia,	
  and	
  Executive	
  &	
  Artistic	
  
Director	
  of	
  the	
  Chautauqua	
  Center	
  for	
  the	
  Visual	
  Arts.	
  She	
  was	
  a	
  recipient	
  of	
  Buffalo	
  Business	
  
First’s	
  Forty	
  Under	
  40	
  Award	
  in	
  2008,	
  and	
  is	
  co-­‐chair	
  of	
  her	
  Leadership	
  Buffalo	
  class.	
  She	
  
completed	
  the	
  Harvard	
  Business	
  School	
  Strategic	
  Perspective	
  in	
  Nonprofit	
  Management	
  
program	
  in	
  2011,	
  and	
  received	
  the	
  Future	
  Leaders	
  in	
  the	
  Arts	
  fellowship	
  in	
  2009.	
  

Jonathan	
  Gonzalez	
  worked	
  for	
  fifteen	
  years	
  in	
  the	
  San	
  Francisco	
  Bay	
  Area,	
  where	
  he	
  served	
  as	
  
Education	
  Director	
  for	
  the	
  Marin	
  Shakespeare	
  Company	
  and	
  founded	
  San	
  Quentin	
  Shakespeare,	
  
a	
  prison	
  outreach	
  program	
  now	
  in	
  its	
  eighth	
  year.	
  He	
  was	
  also	
  an	
  actor,	
  director,	
  and	
  Teaching	
  
Artist-­‐in	
  Residence/curriculum	
  co-­‐developer	
  at	
  the	
  San	
  Francisco	
  Shakespeare	
  Festival.	
  Jonathan	
  
has	
  taught	
  theatre	
  in	
  over	
  two	
  dozen	
  schools	
  and	
  directed	
  and	
  acted	
  in	
  more	
  than	
  200	
  
productions	
  including	
  different	
  Shakespeare	
  works.	
  Since	
  arriving	
  in	
  the	
  Gulf	
  region	
  he	
  has	
  
worked	
  at	
  the	
  Tulane	
  Shakespeare	
  Festival,	
  Art	
  Institute	
  of	
  Houston:	
  North,	
  Katy	
  Visual	
  and	
  
Performing	
  Arts	
  Center,	
  Country	
  Playhouse,	
  Rice	
  University,	
  Texas	
  A&M,	
  and	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  
Houston,	
  where	
  he	
  received	
  his	
  MFA	
  in	
  directing.	
  At	
  Main	
  Street,	
  Jonathan	
  recently	
  directed	
  
students	
  in	
  two	
  adaptations	
  of	
  Shakespeare,	
  Commedia	
  of	
  Errors	
  and	
  Hamlet:	
  Divided	
  Soul,	
  and	
  
co-­‐created	
  the	
  Peer-­‐To-­‐Peer	
  Shakespeare	
  program.	
  Jonathan	
  has	
  also	
  trained	
  at	
  United	
  States	
  
International	
  University	
  (San	
  Diego),	
  American	
  Conservatory	
  Theatre,	
  La	
  Jolla	
  Playhouse,	
  Bay	
  
Area	
  Theatresports,	
  and	
  California	
  Shakespeare	
  Festival.	
  	
  

Andrew	
  Hager	
  holds	
  a	
  Masters	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts	
  degree	
  in	
  Playwriting	
  and	
  Lyrics	
  from	
  New	
  York	
  
University	
  and	
  a	
  Bachelor	
  of	
  Arts	
  in	
  Drama/Literature	
  from	
  Bennington	
  College	
  of	
  
Vermont.	
  Andrew	
  has	
  taught	
  playwriting	
  for	
  High	
  School	
  for	
  the	
  Performing	
  &	
  Visual	
  Arts	
  as	
  well	
  
as	
  created	
  and	
  implemented	
  a	
  musical	
  theatre	
  performance	
  program	
  within	
  that	
  school's	
  
theatre	
  department.	
  Andrew	
  has	
  directed	
  dozens	
  of	
  staged	
  works	
  and	
  worked	
  as	
  a	
  professional	
  
actor	
  on	
  stages	
  throughout	
  Houston.	
  As	
  a	
  singer/songwriter,	
  Hager	
  recorded	
  his	
  debut	
  album,	
  
Big	
  Iron	
  Skillet	
  at	
  Sony	
  Music	
  Studios.	
  Andrew	
  is	
  the	
  author	
  of	
  nine	
  published	
  works	
  on	
  the	
  
history	
  of	
  popular	
  music,	
  including	
  Song	
  &	
  Dance,	
  a	
  retrospective	
  of	
  Broadway	
  musicals	
  that	
  was	
  
published	
  by	
  Barnes	
  &	
  Noble	
  Press	
  with	
  Sony	
  Music.	
  

Dr.	
  Cynthia	
  Herbert	
  has	
  over	
  40	
  years	
  experience	
  providing	
  professional	
  development	
  and	
  
follow-­‐up,	
  curriculum	
  development	
  and	
  other	
  services	
  for	
  all	
  grades	
  in	
  schools	
  and	
  for	
  cultural	
  
and	
  community	
  institutions	
  such	
  as	
  Young	
  Audiences.	
  A	
  developmental	
  psychologist,	
  she	
  is	
  also	
  
an	
  expert	
  in	
  creative	
  learning,	
  arts-­‐integration,	
  metacognitive	
  approaches	
  and	
  differentiated,	
  
learner-­‐centered	
  instruction	
  across	
  the	
  curriculum.	
  Co-­‐Director	
  of	
  The	
  Foundry,	
  a	
  non-­‐profit	
  
dedicated	
  to	
  helping	
  educators	
  identify	
  and	
  nurture	
  creative	
  thinking	
  and	
  learning,	
  she	
  has	
  
published	
  New	
  World	
  Kids	
  in	
  the	
  School,	
  and,	
  with	
  Susan	
  Marcus	
  and	
  Susie	
  Monday,	
  is	
  
designing/	
  implementing	
  an	
  afterschool	
  program	
  for	
  Big	
  Thought's	
  Thriving	
  Minds	
  in	
  Dallas	
  ISD,	
  
as	
  well	
  as	
  at	
  other	
  venues.	
  Dr.	
  Herbert	
  has	
  served	
  as	
  a	
  proposal	
  writer,	
  evaluator/researcher	
  
and/or	
  facilitator	
  for	
  low-­‐achieving	
  schools	
  across	
  the	
  state	
  through	
  grants,	
  in	
  reading,	
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other	
  areas,	
  for	
  the	
  DOE,	
  the	
  Texas	
  Education	
  Agency	
  and	
  private	
  foundations.	
  She	
  has	
  written	
  
hundreds	
  of	
  study	
  guides	
  and	
  lesson	
  plans	
  connecting	
  arts	
  and	
  TEKS,	
  including	
  those	
  featured	
  on	
  
the	
  Houston	
  Arts	
  Partners	
  website.	
  Past	
  highlights	
  include	
  being	
  Co-­‐Director	
  of	
  the	
  Learning	
  
About	
  Learning	
  Laboratory	
  School,	
  chosen	
  as	
  a	
  national	
  model	
  in	
  learning	
  through	
  the	
  arts	
  by	
  
the	
  NEA.	
  	
  

Bridget	
  Hoyt	
  is	
  the	
  Tour	
  Programs	
  Manager	
  at	
  the	
  Museum	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts,	
  Houston,	
  where	
  she	
  
works	
  on	
  the	
  content	
  of	
  gallery	
  experiences	
  led	
  by	
  the	
  museum’s	
  volunteer	
  docents.	
  	
  These	
  
programs	
  –	
  including	
  school	
  tours,	
  accessibility	
  programs,	
  and	
  gallery	
  talks	
  –	
  serve	
  a	
  diverse	
  
audience	
  ranging	
  in	
  age	
  from	
  pre-­‐Kindergarteners	
  to	
  older	
  adults.	
  	
  Bridget	
  came	
  to	
  the	
  MFAH	
  in	
  
2008	
  after	
  receiving	
  an	
  EdM	
  in	
  Arts	
  in	
  Education	
  from	
  the	
  Harvard	
  Graduate	
  School	
  of	
  Education	
  
and	
  an	
  MA	
  in	
  Art	
  History	
  from	
  Boston	
  University.	
  

Jenny	
  James	
  was	
  born	
  in	
  East	
  Hampton,	
  NY.	
  	
  She	
  moved	
  to	
  New	
  Orleans,	
  LA	
  in	
  1996	
  to	
  attend	
  
Tulane	
  University	
  and	
  graduated	
  in	
  2000	
  with	
  a	
  BA	
  in	
  English.	
  	
  Upon	
  graduating,	
  she	
  remained	
  in	
  
New	
  Orleans	
  and	
  joined	
  Delta	
  Service	
  Corps,	
  serving	
  with	
  Start	
  The	
  Adventure	
  In	
  Reading	
  
(STAIR)	
  as	
  a	
  reading	
  tutor	
  for	
  second	
  graders	
  in	
  New	
  Orleans	
  public	
  schools.	
  	
  She	
  also	
  created	
  
curriculum	
  and	
  teaching	
  aids	
  for	
  STAIR.	
  	
  After	
  her	
  year	
  of	
  service,	
  she	
  was	
  hired	
  as	
  the	
  Volunteer	
  
Director	
  and	
  remained	
  in	
  the	
  position	
  for	
  two	
  years.	
  In	
  2002,	
  Jenny	
  began	
  a	
  Masters	
  program	
  in	
  
Curriculum	
  and	
  Instruction	
  at	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  New	
  Orleans.	
  Jenny	
  returned	
  to	
  New	
  Orleans	
  at	
  
the	
  start	
  of	
  2008,	
  and	
  has	
  worked	
  for	
  Young	
  Audiences	
  of	
  Louisiana	
  since	
  that	
  time,	
  first	
  as	
  an	
  
after	
  school	
  Site	
  Director	
  and	
  currently	
  as	
  Program	
  Director.	
  	
  She	
  has	
  delivered	
  presentations	
  on	
  
arts	
  integration	
  and	
  literacy	
  at	
  the	
  National	
  Afterschool	
  Association	
  conference	
  and	
  several	
  
Young	
  Audiences	
  national	
  conferences.	
  	
  She	
  is	
  currently	
  working	
  toward	
  completing	
  her	
  Masters	
  
degree.	
  

Neda	
  Khan	
  is	
  a	
  visual	
  arts	
  instructor	
  at	
  Black	
  Middle	
  School	
  in	
  Houston,	
  where	
  she	
  was	
  
recognized	
  as	
  the	
  Frank	
  Black	
  teacher	
  of	
  the	
  month	
  and	
  the	
  HISD	
  Most	
  Outstanding	
  Asian	
  
Teacher	
  of	
  the	
  Year.	
  She	
  served	
  as	
  a	
  fine	
  arts	
  liaison	
  between	
  Houston	
  ISD	
  and	
  the	
  U.S.	
  
Department	
  of	
  Education	
  to	
  implement	
  the	
  Fine	
  Arts	
  Matter	
  grant	
  at	
  Black	
  Middle	
  School,	
  and	
  
subsequently	
  developed	
  interdisciplinary	
  curriculum	
  at	
  the	
  middle	
  school	
  level	
  and	
  analyzed	
  fine	
  
arts	
  integration	
  data.	
  She	
  is	
  the	
  CEO	
  of	
  MHK	
  Creativity,	
  a	
  graphic	
  design	
  company	
  specializing	
  in	
  
print	
  media	
  design	
  whose	
  clients	
  include	
  Polo	
  Ralph	
  Lauren	
  (Europe	
  and	
  Asia),	
  Arandas	
  
Restaurants,	
  and	
  other	
  local	
  companies.	
  Ms.	
  Khan	
  is	
  a	
  University	
  of	
  Houston	
  graduate	
  with	
  
degrees	
  in	
  fine	
  arts,	
  arts	
  education,	
  and	
  art	
  history.	
  

Eva	
  Laporte	
  works	
  in	
  the	
  theatre	
  as	
  an	
  actor,	
  director	
  and	
  teacher.	
  A	
  California	
  native,	
  she	
  
holds	
  a	
  degree	
  in	
  acting	
  from	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Northern	
  Colorado,	
  and	
  has	
  also	
  studied	
  at	
  The	
  
National	
  Theatre	
  Conservatory	
  in	
  Denver,	
  the	
  National	
  Theater	
  Institute	
  in	
  at	
  the	
  O’Neill	
  Theatre	
  
Center,	
  the	
  Moscow	
  Art	
  Theatre	
  School	
  in	
  Russia	
  and	
  the	
  Royal	
  Shakespeare	
  Company	
  in	
  
Stratford.	
  Eva	
  has	
  served	
  as	
  the	
  Artistic	
  Director	
  for	
  the	
  Jefferson	
  County	
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program	
  in	
  Denver,	
  CO,	
  and	
  as	
  the	
  Artistic	
  Director	
  of	
  the	
  highly	
  successful	
  Catch	
  A	
  Rising	
  Star	
  
summer	
  musical	
  theatre	
  intensive	
  in	
  San	
  Antonio,	
  TX.	
  She	
  works	
  by	
  day	
  as	
  the	
  Director	
  of	
  
Education	
  +	
  Outreach	
  at	
  Stages.	
  Directing	
  highlights	
  include	
  Mary	
  Zimmerman’s	
  
Metamorphoses,	
  and	
  The	
  Lysistrata	
  Project	
  at	
  the	
  Moscow	
  Art	
  Theatre,	
  a	
  performance	
  that	
  
included	
  American,	
  Israeli,	
  and	
  Russian	
  actors	
  for	
  the	
  peace	
  project	
  on	
  03.03.03.	
  	
  

Jennifer	
  Lazzaro	
  is	
  an	
  instructional	
  designer	
  with	
  the	
  CLASS	
  Instructional	
  Design	
  &	
  Technology	
  
group	
  at	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Houston.	
  She	
  received	
  her	
  Master’s	
  degree	
  in	
  Instructional	
  
Technology	
  from	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Houston.	
  Ms.	
  Lazzaro	
  has	
  worked	
  with	
  the	
  internet	
  in	
  both	
  
corporate	
  and	
  academic	
  settings	
  for	
  over	
  15	
  years	
  and	
  has	
  developing	
  and	
  delivering	
  
educational	
  materials	
  online	
  for	
  more	
  than	
  10	
  years.	
  An	
  avid	
  technologist,	
  she	
  has	
  been	
  a	
  big	
  
proponent	
  in	
  fostering	
  the	
  uses	
  of	
  podcasting,	
  digital	
  portfolios,	
  and	
  role	
  playing	
  in	
  courses.	
  She	
  
has	
  presented	
  on	
  different	
  models	
  of	
  hybrid	
  course	
  presentations	
  at	
  NECC,	
  TxDLA	
  and	
  
Blackboard	
  conferences.	
  

Julio	
  López	
  is	
  an	
  award-­‐winning	
  performer	
  and	
  choreographer	
  with	
  decades	
  of	
  experience.	
  	
  He	
  
was	
  formerly	
  the	
  Artistic	
  Director	
  of	
  Ballet	
  Folklórico	
  Umalayapem	
  of	
  the	
  Casa	
  de	
  Cultura	
  in	
  
Tampico,	
  Tamaulipas,	
  and	
  is	
  a	
  graduate	
  of	
  the	
  Universidad	
  Autónoma	
  de	
  Tamaulipas.	
  	
  He	
  
continued	
  his	
  artistic	
  studies	
  at	
  Instituto	
  Regional	
  de	
  Bellas	
  Artes	
  de	
  Tampico	
  with	
  Professor	
  
Manuel	
  Vargas.	
  	
  His	
  commitment	
  to	
  excellence	
  resulted	
  in	
  his	
  receiving	
  first	
  place	
  awards	
  in	
  
various	
  competitions,	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  invitations	
  to	
  participate	
  as	
  a	
  special	
  guest	
  artist	
  in	
  numerous	
  
ensembles	
  throughout	
  Mexico.	
  	
  López’	
  extensive	
  experience	
  and	
  education	
  has	
  provided	
  him	
  
with	
  expertise	
  in	
  traditional	
  dances,	
  history	
  and	
  costumes	
  from	
  the	
  different	
  regions	
  of	
  Mexico,	
  
and	
  he	
  is	
  a	
  skilled	
  and	
  enthusiastic	
  teacher.	
  

Liana	
  Lopez	
  is	
  the	
  producer	
  and	
  co-­‐host	
  of	
  Nuestra	
  Palabra:	
  Latino	
  Writers	
  Having	
  Their	
  Say	
  on	
  
90.1	
  FM	
  and	
  www.KPFT.org	
  (Pacifica-­‐Houston	
  Radio.)	
  	
  The	
  weekly	
  broadcast	
  highlights	
  authors,	
  
playwrights,	
  composers,	
  activists	
  and	
  artists,	
  keeping	
  the	
  Latino	
  literary	
  renaissance	
  alive	
  and	
  
thriving	
  in	
  the	
  fourth	
  largest	
  media	
  market	
  in	
  the	
  country.	
  	
  Nuestra	
  Palabra	
  is	
  also	
  the	
  non-­‐profit	
  
responsible	
  for	
  bringing	
  the	
  Edward	
  James	
  Olmos	
  Latino	
  Book	
  and	
  Family	
  Festival	
  to	
  Houston's	
  
George	
  R.	
  Brown	
  Convention	
  Center	
  and	
  making	
  it	
  the	
  largest	
  Latino	
  Book	
  festival	
  in	
  Texas.	
  	
  She	
  
is	
  a	
  freelance	
  writer,	
  reporter	
  and	
  photographer	
  whose	
  work	
  has	
  been	
  published	
  in	
  the	
  Houston	
  
Press	
  (Village	
  Voice	
  Media),	
  29-­‐95.com	
  (Houston	
  Chronicle),	
  Aztec	
  Muse	
  Magazine,	
  Democracy	
  
Now,	
  Free	
  Speech	
  Radio	
  News	
  and	
  others.	
  	
  She	
  is	
  also	
  the	
  recipient	
  of	
  a	
  Houston	
  Arts	
  Alliance	
  
Emerging	
  Artist	
  grant	
  for	
  a	
  multimedia/photography	
  project	
  based	
  on	
  her	
  travels	
  through	
  post-­‐
revolutionary	
  Nicaragua.	
  	
  This	
  year,	
  she	
  curated	
  and	
  exhibited	
  her	
  work,	
  and	
  the	
  work	
  of	
  six	
  
others,	
  in	
  Houston	
  Artz	
  (currently	
  on	
  display	
  at	
  Bohemeo’s	
  until	
  April	
  4th)	
  and	
  was	
  part	
  of	
  the	
  
biannual	
  Fotofest	
  exhibition	
  in	
  2010.	
  

Sara	
  McNeil	
  is	
  an	
  Associate	
  Professor	
  in	
  the	
  Instructional	
  Technology	
  Program	
  in	
  the	
  University	
  
of	
  Houston's	
  College	
  of	
  Education.	
  She	
  teaches	
  courses	
  in	
  instructional	
  design,	
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representation	
  of	
  information,	
  and	
  the	
  collaborative	
  development	
  of	
  multimedia	
  educational	
  
software.	
  She	
  is	
  the	
  designer	
  of	
  the	
  Digital	
  History	
  website	
  (www.digitalhistory.uh.edu)	
  and	
  is	
  a	
  
co-­‐PI	
  on	
  four	
  U.S.	
  Department	
  of	
  Education	
  Teaching	
  American	
  History	
  grants	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  a	
  
National	
  Endowment	
  for	
  the	
  Humanities	
  Materials	
  Development	
  grant.	
  She	
  served	
  as	
  SITE’s	
  
vice-­‐president	
  for	
  the	
  New	
  Possibilities	
  with	
  IT	
  Committee	
  for	
  over	
  a	
  decade.	
  

Louisa	
  Meacham	
  teaches	
  9th	
  grade	
  English	
  at	
  Jeff	
  Davis	
  High	
  School	
  in	
  Houston	
  ISD.	
  	
  
Meacham’s	
  prior	
  work	
  experience	
  in	
  urban	
  adult	
  literacy	
  programs	
  and	
  community	
  organizing	
  
informs	
  the	
  work	
  she	
  does	
  with	
  her	
  students.	
  She	
  incorporates	
  the	
  unique	
  visual	
  literacy	
  and	
  
creative	
  writing	
  strategies	
  of	
  Literacy	
  Through	
  Photography	
  in	
  a	
  variety	
  of	
  ways	
  in	
  her	
  classroom	
  
–	
  as	
  a	
  springboard	
  for	
  writing,	
  as	
  a	
  tool	
  for	
  vocabulary	
  development	
  and	
  as	
  a	
  complement	
  to	
  the	
  
texts	
  the	
  students	
  are	
  exploring.	
  Meacham	
  was	
  the	
  2010-­‐2011	
  Teacher	
  of	
  the	
  Year	
  at	
  Davis	
  High	
  
and	
  was	
  a	
  finalist	
  for	
  HISD’s	
  Teacher	
  of	
  the	
  Year.	
  She	
  serves	
  on	
  the	
  board	
  of	
  the	
  11	
  ½	
  Street	
  
Foundation.	
  

Dr.	
  Carolyn	
  Nichol,	
  Executive	
  Director	
  of	
  the	
  School	
  Science	
  and	
  Technology	
  (SST)	
  Program	
  in	
  
the	
  Wiess	
  School	
  of	
  Natural	
  Science	
  at	
  Rice	
  University	
  which	
  provides	
  teacher	
  professional	
  
development	
  to	
  hundreds	
  elementary	
  and	
  secondary	
  teachers	
  in	
  science	
  content	
  and	
  pedagogy.	
  
She	
  is	
  the	
  Principal	
  Investigator	
  on	
  an	
  NSF	
  Research	
  Experience	
  for	
  Undergraduates	
  with	
  a	
  Focus	
  
on	
  Community	
  Colleges	
  that	
  recruits	
  community	
  college	
  students	
  to	
  Rice	
  University	
  for	
  10-­‐week	
  
internships	
  and	
  is	
  a	
  Co-­‐PI	
  on	
  an	
  NSF	
  Research	
  Experience	
  for	
  Teachers	
  grant	
  that	
  places	
  teachers	
  
in	
  research	
  labs.	
  	
  She	
  has	
  developed	
  and	
  taught	
  courses	
  in	
  The	
  Department	
  of	
  Bioengineering	
  at	
  
Rice	
  University	
  since	
  2002.	
  	
  Prior	
  to	
  joining	
  Rice	
  University,	
  she	
  was	
  an	
  Assistant	
  Professor	
  in	
  
Diagnostic	
  Radiology	
  at	
  UT	
  MD	
  Anderson	
  Cancer	
  Center	
  and	
  a	
  staff	
  Scientist	
  at	
  the	
  Mickey	
  
Leland	
  National	
  Urban	
  Air	
  Toxics	
  Research	
  Center.	
  	
  

Brandi	
  Nicholson	
  is	
  a	
  fourth	
  generation	
  educator.	
  	
  She	
  received	
  her	
  B.S.	
  	
  from	
  Texas	
  Tech	
  
University	
  in	
  2004.	
  	
  Prior	
  to	
  graduation,	
  Brandi	
  was	
  introduced	
  to	
  the	
  Montessori	
  philosophy	
  of	
  
education	
  and	
  was	
  inspired	
  by	
  the	
  idea	
  of	
  education	
  for	
  peace.	
  	
  Her	
  first	
  teaching	
  experience	
  
was	
  in	
  lower	
  and	
  upper	
  elementary	
  school	
  and	
  then	
  she	
  went	
  on	
  to	
  receive	
  her	
  Secondary	
  I	
  and	
  
II	
  certification	
  in	
  2006.	
  	
  Brandi	
  began	
  teaching	
  English,	
  Speech,	
  World	
  History,	
  Physics,	
  and	
  
Health	
  at	
  a	
  Houston-­‐area	
  Montessori	
  high	
  school	
  while	
  receiving	
  her	
  certification.	
  	
  As	
  a	
  teacher,	
  
Brandi	
  always	
  encouraged	
  her	
  students	
  to	
  think	
  big	
  and	
  never	
  let	
  the	
  ceiling	
  be	
  their	
  limit.	
  	
  She	
  
spearheaded	
  groups	
  that	
  volunteered	
  in	
  South	
  Africa	
  and	
  created	
  three	
  amazing	
  Art	
  Cars.	
  In	
  
2007,	
  Brandi	
  became	
  an	
  instructor	
  for	
  the	
  Montessori	
  Certification	
  Program	
  and	
  enjoyed	
  
teaching	
  teachers	
  for	
  the	
  first	
  time.	
  	
  She	
  now	
  enjoys	
  her	
  role	
  as	
  Assistant	
  Director	
  of	
  the	
  Rice	
  
Model	
  Science	
  Labs	
  where	
  she	
  helps	
  teachers	
  take	
  what	
  they	
  learn	
  in	
  the	
  Rice	
  Lab	
  and	
  
implement	
  it	
  in	
  their	
  own	
  classrooms.	
  	
  Brandi	
  sees	
  science	
  education	
  as	
  the	
  foundation	
  for	
  
teaching	
  students	
  to	
  value	
  the	
  world	
  around	
  them.	
  




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Janis	
  (Jan)	
  Norman,	
  Ph.D.	
  is	
  currently	
  the	
  National	
  Director	
  of	
  Education,	
  Research	
  and	
  
Professional	
  Development	
  for	
  Young	
  Audiences	
  –	
  Arts	
  for	
  Learning.	
  	
  She	
  is	
  also	
  a	
  tenured	
  
Professor	
  at	
  The	
  University	
  of	
  the	
  Arts,	
  Philadelphia,	
  Founding	
  Director	
  of	
  the	
  “Design	
  for	
  
Thinking”	
  Teaching	
  Institute,	
  Coordinator	
  for	
  the	
  University	
  Partnership	
  program	
  with	
  the	
  
School	
  District	
  of	
  Philadelphia,	
  and	
  former	
  Chair	
  of	
  the	
  Department	
  of	
  Art	
  and	
  Museum	
  
Education	
  and	
  Art	
  Therapy	
  and	
  Director	
  of	
  Graduate	
  Programs.	
  	
  She	
  was	
  a	
  Visiting	
  Scholar	
  at	
  
Harvard	
  University,	
  Graduate	
  School	
  of	
  Education,	
  Arts	
  in	
  Education	
  Program	
  and	
  a	
  consulting	
  
researcher	
  for	
  Project	
  Zero	
  and	
  a	
  consultant	
  for	
  The	
  Getty	
  Institute	
  for	
  Education	
  in	
  the	
  Arts.	
  	
  Dr.	
  
Norman	
  was	
  Founding	
  Chair	
  of	
  the	
  Philadelphia	
  Arts	
  in	
  Education	
  Partnership	
  (PAEP),	
  comprised	
  
of	
  over	
  85	
  arts	
  organizations	
  and	
  institutions	
  in	
  the	
  Greater	
  Philadelphia	
  Area	
  and	
  previously	
  
founded	
  the	
  Art	
  Education	
  Connection	
  linking	
  Kansas	
  and	
  Missouri	
  in	
  the	
  Greater	
  Kansas	
  City	
  
Area.	
  	
  She	
  was	
  Eastern	
  Region	
  Vice	
  President	
  for	
  the	
  National	
  Art	
  Education	
  Association	
  (NAEA,	
  
President	
  of	
  the	
  Pennsylvania	
  Art	
  Education	
  Association,	
  and	
  Pennsylvania	
  Art	
  Educator	
  of	
  the	
  
Year.	
  	
  She	
  served	
  on	
  the	
  Advisory	
  Board	
  for	
  IDATER	
  (International	
  Design	
  and	
  Technology	
  
Education	
  Research),	
  the	
  Susquehanna	
  Art	
  Museum,	
  the	
  Pennsylvania	
  Department	
  of	
  Education	
  
and	
  PA	
  Council	
  on	
  the	
  Arts,	
  and	
  was	
  Chair	
  of	
  the	
  Steering	
  Committee	
  for	
  Teacher	
  Certification	
  
and	
  Training	
  for	
  Pennsylvania	
  for	
  nine	
  years.	
  	
  She	
  is	
  currently	
  on	
  the	
  Steering	
  Committee	
  for	
  the	
  
national	
  Arts	
  Education	
  Partnership	
  (AEP)	
  and	
  on	
  the	
  Steering	
  Committee	
  for	
  ArtsRising,	
  in	
  
Philadelphia.	
  	
  

Roscoe	
  Reddix	
  is	
  the	
  Director	
  of	
  Arts	
  Integration	
  for	
  Young	
  Audiences.	
  	
  In	
  this	
  capacity,	
  he	
  has	
  
presented	
  workshops	
  at	
  Young	
  Audiences	
  /	
  Arts	
  for	
  Learning	
  National	
  Conferences	
  in	
  
Indianapolis,	
  IN	
  and	
  New	
  Orleans,	
  LA.	
  	
  He	
  has	
  presented	
  workshops	
  at	
  the	
  2009	
  National	
  After-­‐
school	
  Association	
  Convention.	
  	
  Additionally,	
  he	
  is	
  the	
  director	
  of	
  an	
  after-­‐school	
  and	
  a	
  summer	
  
program	
  for	
  YA,	
  a	
  storyteller	
  on	
  their	
  performance	
  roster	
  and	
  conducts	
  arts-­‐integrated	
  
residencies	
  at	
  schools	
  across	
  New	
  Orleans.	
  A	
  native	
  of	
  New	
  Orleans,	
  Roscoe	
  Reddix,	
  Jr.	
  
graduated	
  from	
  Howard	
  University	
  in	
  1992	
  with	
  a	
  Bachelor	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts	
  in	
  Theater.	
  	
  During	
  his	
  
studies	
  at	
  Howard,	
  Roscoe	
  spent	
  a	
  semester	
  as	
  an	
  intern	
  with	
  the	
  John	
  F.	
  Kennedy	
  Center	
  for	
  
the	
  Performing	
  Arts.	
  	
  While	
  working	
  as	
  an	
  administrator	
  with	
  Liz	
  Lerman’s	
  Dance	
  Exchange	
  
Company,	
  he	
  was	
  inspired	
  to	
  move	
  performance	
  to	
  the	
  center	
  stage	
  in	
  his	
  life.	
  Roscoe	
  toured	
  
the	
  Washington,	
  DC	
  metropolitan	
  area	
  with	
  LaMusicale	
  AfroCaribbean	
  Dance	
  Company.	
  	
  He	
  
studied	
  with	
  African	
  Heritage	
  and	
  KanKouran	
  dance	
  companies	
  and	
  worked	
  backstage	
  and	
  on	
  
stage	
  for	
  several	
  plays.	
  	
  He	
  enjoyed	
  two	
  seasons	
  with	
  the	
  African	
  Dance	
  Ensemble	
  in	
  Durham,	
  
North	
  Carolina	
  (1998-­‐2000).	
  	
  While	
  there,	
  he	
  worked	
  with	
  Dr.	
  Chuck	
  Davis,	
  Stafford	
  Berry,	
  Jr.	
  
and	
  David	
  Dorfman.	
  

Bernard	
  Robin	
  is	
  an	
  Associate	
  Professor	
  in	
  the	
  Instructional	
  Technology	
  Program	
  in	
  the	
  
University	
  of	
  Houston's	
  College	
  of	
  Education.	
  Dr.	
  Robin	
  has	
  collaborated	
  with	
  the	
  Museum	
  of	
  
Fine	
  Arts,	
  Houston,	
  KUHT,	
  Houston	
  Public	
  Television,	
  and	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Houston’s	
  Blaffer	
  Art	
  
Gallery	
  on	
  the	
  design	
  and	
  development	
  of	
  large-­‐scale	
  educational	
  web	
  sites.	
  He	
  is	
  the	
  designer	
  



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and	
  administrator	
  of	
  the	
  Educational	
  Uses	
  of	
  Digital	
  Storytelling	
  website	
  
(http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/)	
  and	
  serves	
  as	
  the	
  co-­‐chair	
  of	
  the	
  Society	
  for	
  Information	
  
Technology	
  and	
  Teacher	
  Education’s	
  Special	
  Interest	
  Group	
  on	
  Digital	
  Video	
  and	
  Digital	
  
Storytelling.	
  Throughout	
  his	
  academic	
  career,	
  Dr.	
  Robin	
  has	
  made	
  presentations	
  at	
  local,	
  
regional,	
  national	
  and	
  international	
  conferences	
  and	
  has	
  conducted	
  educational	
  technology	
  
workshops	
  in	
  the	
  US,	
  Canada,	
  Europe	
  and	
  Asia.	
  

Rochelle	
  Sanders	
  is	
  currently	
  the	
  Training	
  Programs	
  Managers	
  at	
  the	
  Alley	
  Theatre	
  and	
  has	
  
over	
  15	
  years	
  of	
  experience	
  as	
  an	
  arts	
  administrator	
  and	
  theatre	
  educator,	
  the	
  bulk	
  of	
  which	
  
was	
  spent	
  at	
  the	
  Studio	
  Arena	
  Theatre	
  in	
  Buffalo,	
  N.Y.	
  There,	
  Rochelle	
  was	
  in	
  charge	
  of	
  the	
  
Studio	
  Arena	
  Theatre	
  School	
  which	
  was,	
  until	
  its	
  closing	
  in	
  2008,	
  was	
  the	
  oldest	
  continually	
  
operated	
  theatre	
  school	
  in	
  the	
  country.	
  While	
  at	
  Studio	
  Arena,	
  Rochelle	
  also	
  directed	
  and	
  
produced	
  plays	
  for	
  the	
  touring	
  programs.	
  Some	
  favorites	
  include:	
  Christmas	
  Carol	
  for	
  Two,	
  
Flowers	
  for	
  Algernon	
  and	
  The	
  Bug	
  Files.	
  Rochelle	
  is	
  especially	
  proud	
  of	
  the	
  Education	
  
Department's	
  work	
  on	
  the	
  five-­‐year	
  Tennessee	
  Williams	
  Retrospective	
  which	
  included	
  in-­‐
services,	
  symposiums	
  and	
  over	
  5,000	
  students	
  who	
  attended	
  student	
  matinees.	
  Other	
  positions	
  
held	
  	
  included:	
  Executive	
  Director	
  of	
  Historic	
  Palace	
  Theatre	
  in	
  Lockport,	
  N.Y.;	
  the	
  Smithsonian	
  
Folk	
  Life	
  Festival	
  in	
  Washington	
  D.C.;	
  Adjunct	
  Professor	
  at	
  Buffalo	
  State	
  College,	
  	
  and	
  owner	
  of	
  
Intermission:	
  The	
  Performing	
  Arts	
  Store.	
  Rochelle	
  has	
  a	
  MFA	
  in	
  Directing	
  from	
  Virginia	
  
Commonwealth	
  University	
  and	
  a	
  BA	
  from	
  Niagara	
  University.	
  

Troy	
  Scheid,	
  Main	
  Street	
  Theater’s	
  Director	
  of	
  Education,	
  is	
  a	
  Houston	
  native	
  with	
  ten	
  years’	
  
teaching	
  experience.	
  Prior	
  to	
  taking	
  her	
  current	
  position	
  in	
  2005,	
  she	
  worked	
  at	
  Stages	
  
Repertory	
  Theatre	
  and	
  the	
  Cultural	
  Arts	
  Council	
  of	
  Houston/Harris	
  County,	
  and	
  taught	
  theater	
  
and	
  art	
  for	
  the	
  Museum	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts	
  –	
  Houston,	
  Stages	
  Repertory	
  Theatre,	
  and	
  The	
  River	
  
Performing	
  and	
  Visual	
  Arts	
  Center.	
  Professionally,	
  she	
  has	
  been	
  involved	
  with	
  productions	
  at	
  
Main	
  Street	
  Theater	
  (MainStage	
  and	
  Theater	
  for	
  Youth),	
  Arts	
  with	
  an	
  Impact,	
  Stages	
  Repertory	
  
Theatre,	
  Bobbindoctrin	
  Puppet	
  Theater,	
  DiverseWorks,	
  Theatre	
  Collide,	
  the	
  Back	
  Porch	
  Players,	
  
Baker	
  Shakespeare,	
  the	
  Rice	
  Players,	
  and	
  Theatre	
  Southwest,	
  as	
  a	
  director,	
  assistant	
  director,	
  
scenic	
  designer,	
  costume	
  designer	
  and	
  actor.	
  She	
  is	
  a	
  graduate	
  of	
  Houston’s	
  High	
  School	
  for	
  the	
  
Performing	
  and	
  Visual	
  Arts	
  and	
  of	
  Rice	
  University,	
  where	
  she	
  received	
  Bachelor	
  of	
  Arts	
  degrees	
  
cum	
  laude	
  in	
  history	
  and	
  medieval	
  studies.	
  She	
  also	
  studied	
  at	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Houston	
  School	
  
of	
  Theatre	
  and	
  received	
  a	
  certificate	
  with	
  distinction	
  from	
  the	
  Leadership	
  Institute	
  for	
  Non-­‐Profit	
  
Executives	
  at	
  Rice	
  University.	
  

Dr.	
  Linda	
  Scott,	
  Aldine	
  ISD	
  Program	
  Director	
  for	
  Elementary	
  and	
  Intermediate	
  Science	
  and	
  
Project	
  Director	
  for	
  The	
  Texas	
  Regional	
  Collaborative	
  for	
  Excellence	
  in	
  Science	
  and	
  Mathematics	
  
Teaching	
  (TRC),	
  has	
  more	
  than	
  20	
  years	
  of	
  leadership	
  experience	
  in	
  providing	
  professional	
  
development	
  locally,	
  statewide,	
  and	
  nationally.	
  Linda	
  is	
  responsible	
  for	
  the	
  development	
  and	
  
monitoring	
  of	
  science	
  strategic	
  planning,	
  supervising	
  science	
  specialists,	
  coaching	
  science	
  and	
  
art	
  specialists	
  in	
  the	
  development	
  and	
  implementation	
  of	
  science-­‐art	
  integrated	
  curricula,	
  


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establishing	
  and	
  maintaining	
  professional	
  learning	
  communities,	
  supporting	
  under-­‐performing	
  
campuses,	
  developing	
  district	
  electronic	
  curriculum	
  and	
  assessments,	
  and	
  seeking	
  and	
  managing	
  
grants	
  and	
  partnerships.	
  Linda	
  holds	
  degrees	
  and	
  certifications	
  including	
  Doctor	
  of	
  Education,	
  
Educational	
  Leadership	
  granted	
  by	
  Sam	
  Houston	
  State	
  University;	
  Principalship	
  K-­‐12	
  
Certification;	
  Supervision	
  K-­‐12	
  Lifetime	
  Certification;	
  Gifted	
  and	
  Talented	
  Certification;	
  Reading	
  
Specialist	
  Grades	
  K-­‐12	
  Texas	
  Lifetime	
  Certification;	
  Elementary	
  K-­‐8	
  Teacher	
  Generalist	
  Texas	
  
Lifetime	
  Certification;	
  Master	
  of	
  Education	
  granted	
  by	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Mississippi;	
  Specialist	
  of	
  
Education	
  granted	
  by	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Mississippi;	
  and	
  Bachelor	
  of	
  Arts	
  granted	
  by	
  the	
  
University	
  of	
  Mississippi.	
  

Jennifer	
  Clagett	
  Sommers	
  holds	
  a	
  Master	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts	
  in	
  Dance,	
  Performance	
  and	
  
Choreography	
  from	
  Smith	
  College	
  in	
  Northampton,	
  Massachusetts.	
  	
  Her	
  training	
  includes	
  ballet,	
  
modern	
  dance,	
  dance	
  history,	
  anatomy	
  and	
  kinesiology.	
  	
  She	
  has	
  performed	
  with	
  Laura	
  Dean	
  
Musicians	
  and	
  Dancers,	
  Street	
  Signs	
  Center	
  for	
  Literature	
  and	
  Performance,	
  and	
  the	
  Albany	
  
Berkshire	
  Ballet,	
  where	
  she	
  also	
  served	
  as	
  Ballet	
  Mistress.	
  	
  Her	
  dance	
  honors	
  include	
  a	
  
scholarship	
  to	
  Jacob’s	
  Pillow	
  Choreography	
  Workshop,	
  a	
  2002	
  Durham	
  Arts	
  Council	
  Emerging	
  
Artist	
  Grant,	
  and	
  a	
  2007	
  Lake	
  Region	
  Arts	
  Council	
  grant	
  in	
  support	
  of	
  new	
  work.	
  	
  She	
  relocated	
  
to	
  Houston	
  in	
  2008	
  and	
  created	
  a	
  dance	
  program	
  at	
  KIPP	
  Sharpstown	
  College	
  Prep.	
  	
  She	
  is	
  
currently	
  teaching	
  for	
  Houston	
  Ballet’s	
  Ben	
  Stevenson	
  Academy,	
  and	
  she	
  serves	
  on	
  the	
  faculty	
  of	
  
and	
  choreographs	
  for	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Houston.	
  

Sophia	
  L.	
  Torres	
  is	
  the	
  Co-­‐Founder	
  and	
  Artistic	
  Director	
  of	
  Psophonia	
  Dance	
  Company	
  (PDC).	
  	
  
She	
  has	
  choreographed	
  over	
  twenty	
  original	
  works	
  under	
  Psophonia	
  and	
  has	
  received	
  awards	
  
and	
  recognition	
  for	
  her	
  innovative	
  choreography	
  including	
  the	
  Artist	
  Fellowship	
  Award	
  in	
  
Choreography	
  and	
  three	
  Artist	
  Project	
  Awards	
  for	
  arts	
  in	
  education	
  programming	
  from	
  Houston	
  
Arts	
  Alliance.	
  After	
  graduating	
  from	
  the	
  High	
  School	
  for	
  the	
  Performing	
  and	
  Visual	
  Arts	
  and	
  
Southern	
  Methodist	
  University,	
  Ms.	
  Torres	
  performed	
  with	
  several	
  outstanding	
  companies	
  and	
  
worked	
  with	
  such	
  talented	
  choreographers	
  as	
  Bill	
  T.	
  Jones,	
  Susan	
  Marshall	
  and	
  Stephan	
  
Koplowitz.	
  Currently	
  on	
  faculty	
  at	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  Houston	
  and	
  Houston	
  Community	
  College	
  
Northwest,	
  she	
  teaches	
  various	
  dance	
  classes	
  and	
  has	
  created	
  new	
  works	
  for	
  both	
  dance	
  
departments.	
  

Kathryn	
  Travis	
  graduated	
  from	
  Baylor	
  University	
  with	
  a	
  Bachelor	
  of	
  Science	
  in	
  Elementary	
  
Education	
  and	
  English	
  and	
  has	
  completed	
  15	
  hours	
  of	
  postgraduate	
  course	
  work	
  at	
  the	
  
University	
  of	
  Oklahoma	
  focused	
  on	
  students	
  with	
  reading	
  or	
  learning	
  disabilities.	
  She	
  served	
  as	
  
an	
  elementary	
  classroom	
  teacher	
  for	
  26	
  years,	
  teaching	
  at	
  the	
  third,	
  fourth	
  and	
  sixth	
  grade	
  
levels.	
  	
  Kathryn	
  joined	
  the	
  Klein	
  ISD	
  in	
  1999	
  to	
  work	
  with	
  Title	
  1	
  At-­‐Risk	
  students,	
  and	
  she	
  has	
  
been	
  at	
  McDougle	
  Elementary	
  since	
  2004.	
  	
  Two	
  years	
  ago	
  she	
  took	
  on	
  the	
  role	
  of	
  ESL	
  Specialist	
  
for	
  her	
  campus.	
  She	
  holds	
  certifications	
  in	
  ESL	
  and	
  Gifted	
  and	
  Talented,	
  and	
  she	
  was	
  chosen	
  
Teacher	
  of	
  the	
  Year	
  by	
  her	
  campus	
  in	
  2004.	
  Kathryn	
  is	
  a	
  current	
  member	
  of	
  and	
  campus	
  
representative	
  for	
  the	
  ATPE,	
  Association	
  of	
  Texas	
  Professional	
  Educators.	
  She	
  has	
  served	
  as	
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student	
  teacher	
  supervisor	
  and	
  a	
  mentor	
  to	
  new	
  teachers	
  at	
  her	
  campus.	
  She	
  serves	
  her	
  campus	
  
on	
  the	
  Leadership	
  Team	
  and	
  as	
  a	
  member	
  of	
  the	
  Campus	
  Improvement	
  Decision	
  Committee.	
  
She	
  has	
  been	
  the	
  recipient	
  of	
  three	
  grants	
  by	
  the	
  Klein	
  Education	
  Foundation,	
  the	
  second	
  of	
  
which	
  was	
  a	
  grant	
  to	
  bring	
  TUTS	
  to	
  the	
  McDougle	
  Campus	
  in	
  an	
  outreach	
  program	
  to	
  work	
  with	
  
3rd	
  and	
  4th	
  grade	
  students.	
  Since	
  that	
  first	
  year,	
  Kathryn	
  has	
  served	
  as	
  the	
  campus	
  coordinator	
  
for	
  the	
  After	
  School	
  Drama	
  Team.	
  

LuAnn	
  Turley	
  has	
  been	
  an	
  educator,	
  curriculum	
  writer,	
  and	
  seminar	
  instructor	
  at	
  the	
  Museum	
  
of	
  Fine	
  Arts	
  for	
  over	
  15	
  years.	
  With	
  many	
  years	
  of	
  experience	
  as	
  an	
  elementary	
  classroom	
  
teacher,	
  she	
  specializes	
  in	
  combining	
  knowledge	
  of	
  inquiry-­‐based	
  classroom	
  techniques	
  with	
  the	
  
fine	
  arts	
  to	
  help	
  educators	
  and	
  administrators	
  tailor	
  their	
  programs	
  to	
  challenge	
  students	
  on	
  a	
  
higher	
  cognitive	
  domain	
  that	
  dovetails	
  state	
  required	
  mandates	
  and	
  objectives.	
  	
  She	
  was	
  one	
  of	
  
the	
  writers	
  of	
  the	
  award-­‐winning	
  curriculum,	
  Learning	
  Through	
  Art	
  at	
  the	
  Museum	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts,	
  
an	
  innovative,	
  interdisciplinary,	
  art-­‐centered	
  curriculum	
  for	
  grades	
  1–6.	
  LTA/MFAH	
  connects	
  the	
  
museum’s	
  collections	
  of	
  world	
  art	
  into	
  the	
  classroom	
  curriculum	
  for	
  art,	
  language	
  arts,	
  math,	
  
science,	
  and	
  social	
  studies.	
  She	
  has	
  designed,	
  coordinated,	
  and	
  conducted	
  professional	
  
development	
  experiences	
  for	
  educators	
  across	
  the	
  state	
  in	
  arts	
  integration	
  and	
  methodology.	
  	
  

Keelan	
  Wackman	
  is	
  the	
  Executive	
  Director	
  for	
  City	
  ArtWorks.	
  	
  She	
  has	
  been	
  with	
  the	
  
organization	
  since	
  January	
  2010.	
  Keelan	
  has	
  been	
  creating	
  art	
  from	
  the	
  time	
  she	
  could	
  hold	
  a	
  
crayon.	
  She	
  began	
  teaching	
  art	
  at	
  age	
  5	
  when	
  she	
  would	
  convince	
  the	
  neighborhood	
  kids	
  to	
  
come	
  over	
  so	
  she	
  could	
  play	
  art	
  school	
  with	
  them.	
  Ms.	
  Wackman,	
  her	
  husband	
  and	
  two	
  children,	
  
recently	
  moved	
  to	
  Houston,	
  having	
  relocated	
  from	
  Santa	
  Fe,	
  New	
  Mexico	
  where	
  she	
  was	
  a	
  
practicing	
  artist	
  for	
  the	
  last	
  15	
  years.	
  Keelan	
  has	
  taught	
  art	
  to	
  students	
  from	
  age	
  2	
  to	
  85	
  in	
  a	
  
wide	
  variety	
  of	
  school	
  and	
  non-­‐school	
  based	
  venues;	
  including	
  some	
  of	
  the	
  roughest	
  rural	
  
elementary	
  schools	
  in	
  Northern	
  New	
  Mexico,	
  juvenile	
  detention	
  centers,	
  private	
  schools,	
  
corporate	
  trainings	
  and	
  international	
  printmaking	
  workshops.	
  While	
  in	
  Santa	
  Fe	
  she	
  assisted	
  
many	
  well	
  known	
  artists	
  in	
  their	
  studios,	
  worked	
  as	
  an	
  Assistant	
  Gallery	
  Director,	
  Master	
  
Printmaker,	
  and	
  was	
  employed	
  in	
  a	
  variety	
  of	
  other	
  art	
  related	
  fields.	
  	
  

Rita	
  Whiteman	
  has	
  been	
  an	
  educator,	
  curriculum	
  writer,	
  and	
  seminar	
  instructor	
  at	
  the	
  
Museum	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts	
  for	
  over	
  15	
  years.	
  With	
  many	
  years	
  of	
  experience	
  as	
  an	
  elementary	
  
classroom	
  teacher,	
  she	
  specializes	
  in	
  combining	
  knowledge	
  of	
  inquiry-­‐based	
  classroom	
  
techniques	
  with	
  the	
  fine	
  arts	
  to	
  help	
  educators	
  and	
  administrators	
  tailor	
  their	
  programs	
  to	
  
challenge	
  students	
  on	
  a	
  higher	
  cognitive	
  domain	
  that	
  dovetails	
  state	
  required	
  mandates	
  and	
  
objectives.	
  	
  She	
  was	
  one	
  of	
  the	
  writers	
  of	
  the	
  award-­‐winning	
  curriculum,	
  Learning	
  Through	
  Art	
  
at	
  the	
  Museum	
  of	
  Fine	
  Arts,	
  an	
  innovative,	
  interdisciplinary,	
  art-­‐centered	
  curriculum	
  for	
  grades	
  
1–6.	
  LTA/MFAH	
  connects	
  the	
  museum’s	
  collections	
  of	
  world	
  art	
  into	
  the	
  classroom	
  curriculum	
  
for	
  art,	
  language	
  arts,	
  math,	
  science,	
  and	
  social	
  studies.	
  She	
  has	
  designed,	
  coordinated,	
  and	
  
conducted	
  professional	
  development	
  experiences	
  for	
  educators	
  across	
  the	
  state	
  in	
  arts	
  
integration	
  and	
  methodology.	
  In	
  an	
  effort	
  to	
  synthesize	
  the	
  fine	
  arts	
  with	
  classroom	
  instruction	
  


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in	
  an	
  innovative	
  and	
  motivating	
  format,	
  she	
  has	
  also	
  co-­‐authored	
  two	
  books	
  for	
  educators	
  to	
  
use	
  as	
  springboards	
  for	
  their	
  students	
  to	
  develop	
  the	
  ability	
  to	
  observe	
  accurately;	
  to	
  think	
  
spatially;	
  to	
  identify	
  the	
  essential	
  components	
  of	
  a	
  complex	
  whole,	
  to	
  recognize	
  and	
  invent	
  
patterns,	
  and	
  to	
  communicate	
  the	
  results	
  of	
  their	
  thinking	
  visually,	
  verbally,	
  or	
  mathematically.	
  
These	
  books,	
  A	
  Wreath,	
  a	
  Tree	
  and	
  Me	
  and	
  A	
  View,	
  A	
  Clue	
  and	
  You	
  model	
  a	
  poetic	
  style	
  that	
  
educators	
  and	
  students	
  alike	
  find	
  motivating	
  and	
  engaging.	
  	
  Using	
  these	
  resources	
  and	
  a	
  wealth	
  
of	
  experience	
  in	
  education,	
  Rita	
  specializes	
  in	
  designing	
  educational	
  programs	
  that	
  meet	
  the	
  
ever-­‐changing	
  needs	
  of	
  the	
  21st	
  century	
  learning	
  environment.	
  	
  

Dr.	
  Kenton	
  H.	
  Whitmire,	
  Professor	
  of	
  Chemistry	
  and	
  Associate	
  Dean	
  for	
  Academic	
  Affairs	
  of	
  
the	
  Wiess	
  School	
  of	
  Natural	
  Sciences,	
  is	
  a	
  native	
  of	
  Virginia	
  and	
  attended	
  Roanoke	
  College	
  in	
  
Salem,	
  VA	
  where	
  he	
  earned	
  his	
  B.S.	
  degree	
  in	
  Chemistry.	
  At	
  Northwestern,	
  he	
  worked	
  with	
  
Professor	
  Duward	
  F.	
  Shriver	
  on	
  the	
  reduction	
  of	
  carbon	
  monoxide	
  bound	
  to	
  metal	
  cluster	
  
complexes.	
  Masters	
  and	
  PhD	
  degrees	
  were	
  awarded	
  for	
  this	
  work	
  in	
  1978	
  and	
  1982,	
  
respectively.	
  Upon	
  completion	
  of	
  the	
  PhD	
  thesis	
  in	
  1981,	
  he	
  moved	
  to	
  Cambridge,	
  England	
  to	
  
work	
  with	
  Professor	
  Jack	
  Lewis	
  with	
  the	
  support	
  of	
  a	
  NATO	
  postdoctoral	
  fellowship.	
  He	
  arrived	
  
at	
  Rice	
  in	
  the	
  summer	
  of	
  1982	
  and	
  began	
  his	
  program	
  in	
  experimental	
  inorganic	
  and	
  
organometallic	
  chemistry.	
  He	
  was	
  Chair	
  of	
  the	
  Department	
  of	
  Chemistry	
  from	
  1999	
  through	
  
2007	
  and	
  has	
  also	
  served	
  as	
  Chair	
  for	
  the	
  Greater	
  Houston	
  Section	
  of	
  the	
  American	
  Chemical	
  
Society.	
  Since	
  2008,	
  he	
  has	
  also	
  served	
  as	
  Associate	
  Dean	
  for	
  Academic	
  Affairs	
  of	
  the	
  Wiess	
  
School	
  of	
  Natural	
  Sciences.	
  	
  Prof.	
  Whitmire	
  collaborated	
  with	
  Wynne	
  Phelan	
  at	
  the	
  MFAH	
  to	
  
obtain	
  funding	
  from	
  the	
  Mellon	
  Foundation	
  for	
  a	
  conservation	
  scientist.	
  He	
  along	
  with	
  the	
  
conservators	
  at	
  the	
  MFAH	
  developed	
  a	
  Chemistry	
  of	
  Art	
  as	
  part	
  of	
  the	
  non-­‐majors	
  curriculum	
  at	
  
Rice	
  University.	
  

Evan	
  Wildstein	
  heads	
  HGOco’s	
  Song	
  of	
  Houston	
  initiative,	
  an	
  ongoing	
  series	
  of	
  collaborative	
  
community	
  and	
  educational	
  projects	
  comprised	
  of	
  traditional	
  arts,	
  music-­‐making,	
  photography,	
  
creative	
  writing	
  and	
  visual	
  art.	
  Prior	
  to	
  joining	
  HGO,	
  he	
  worked	
  with	
  OPERA	
  America,	
  the	
  service	
  
organization	
  for	
  opera	
  in	
  North	
  America.	
  His	
  work	
  involved	
  working	
  nationally	
  with	
  opera	
  
patrons,	
  teachers	
  and	
  education	
  policy	
  makers	
  to	
  promote	
  opera	
  education	
  for	
  all	
  audiences.	
  He	
  
has	
  also	
  worked	
  with	
  the	
  educational	
  outreach	
  divisions	
  of	
  both	
  The	
  Juilliard	
  School	
  and	
  Tilles	
  
Center	
  for	
  the	
  Performing	
  Arts,	
  where	
  he	
  helped	
  implement	
  programs	
  that	
  served	
  students	
  who	
  
were	
  underrepresented	
  in	
  the	
  arts.	
  

Amy	
  Willerson	
  has	
  a	
  B.A	
  in	
  Theatre	
  and	
  a	
  Masters	
  of	
  Education	
  both	
  from	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  
Southern	
  California.	
  Formerly	
  the	
  Director	
  of	
  Education	
  at	
  Young	
  Audiences	
  of	
  Houston	
  and	
  
Stages	
  Repertory	
  Theatre,	
  Amy	
  has	
  spent	
  the	
  past	
  16	
  years	
  teaching	
  in	
  classroom	
  and	
  theatre	
  
settings,	
  directing	
  productions,	
  designing	
  curriculum,	
  and	
  working	
  with	
  teachers	
  on	
  using	
  arts	
  
for	
  learning.	
  	
  Directorial	
  credits	
  include	
  5	
  summers	
  with	
  Stages’	
  Young	
  Actors	
  Conservatory,	
  
A...My	
  Name	
  is	
  Alice,	
  A	
  Midsummer	
  Night’s	
  Dream,	
  The	
  Children’s	
  Hour,	
  Twelve	
  Angry	
  Women,	
  
Little	
  Shop	
  of	
  Horrors,	
  Once	
  upon	
  a	
  Mattress,	
  Juvie,	
  and	
  the	
  Scottish	
  premiere	
  of	
  Five	
  Guys	
  


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Eating	
  Out.	
  Acting	
  credits	
  include	
  Baby	
  with	
  the	
  Bathwater,	
  Five	
  Women	
  Wearing	
  the	
  Same	
  
Dress,	
  Marvin’s	
  Room,	
  Vanities,	
  and	
  The	
  30	
  Minute	
  Star	
  Wars.	
  

Mikeitta	
  Williams	
  has	
  been	
  a	
  Theatre	
  Under	
  The	
  Stars	
  Faculty	
  member	
  for	
  over	
  four	
  years.	
  
She	
  has	
  been	
  the	
  director/choreographer	
  for	
  most	
  of	
  TUTS	
  after	
  school	
  programming.	
  She	
  has	
  
worked	
  with	
  thousands	
  of	
  students	
  through	
  the	
  TUTS	
  outreach	
  programming.	
  	
  She	
  has	
  worked	
  
with	
  Rozie	
  Curtis,	
  manager	
  of	
  community	
  outreach	
  with	
  shaping	
  the	
  curriculum	
  for	
  the	
  TUTS	
  
outreach	
  programs.	
  She	
  is	
  studied	
  dance	
  at	
  Sam	
  Houston	
  State	
  University.	
  In	
  addition	
  to	
  being	
  
an	
  incredible	
  faculty	
  member	
  at	
  TUTS,	
  Mikeitta	
  is	
  also	
  a	
  much	
  sought	
  after	
  actress,	
  dancer,	
  
vocalist,	
  and	
  choreographer.	
  She	
  has	
  starred	
  in	
  many	
  productions	
  including	
  Suessical	
  the	
  
Musical,	
  Cabaret,	
  and	
  Thoroughly	
  Modern	
  Millie,	
  She	
  also	
  has	
  toured	
  with	
  the	
  spiritual	
  play,	
  
Before	
  the	
  Mask.	
  In	
  addition	
  to	
  her	
  stage	
  credits,	
  Mikeitta	
  has	
  also	
  run	
  her	
  own	
  dance	
  company	
  
and	
  created	
  and	
  coached	
  many	
  spiritual	
  praise	
  dance	
  teams.	
  

	
  

	
  




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