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Coach Biographies

Tonya Breland

CEO and Founder of Teach Educators & Scholars Organization

Tonya is the CEO and Founder of Teach Educators & Scholars Organization as well as a highly respected National Milken Educator Award winning educational leader with a lifelong mission to make a difference in the lives of others. She is the Author of Fight to Make It Happen and a children’s book, Mykayla Mitchell Moves Away. She is passionate about empowering and inspiring people to live their dreams and fulfill their purpose.Tonya has served as an Elementary School Principal, Curriculum Supervisor and Middle and Elementary school teacher. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the State Professional Learning Committee with the New Jersey Department of Education and is a sought-after Trainer/Coach/Consultant/Speaker to school districts, individuals, educational and other organizations across the state. She also teaches in the NJEXCEL Program preparing professionals to gain licensure for school/district administrative leadership. You’ll find she enjoys sharing stories that give insight and inspiration to audiences.

campoKira Campo

Program Development Manager at the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership

Kira Campo is the Program Development Manager at the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership. She brings more than 15 years of experience in Visual Arts Management to her current role, and has been a perennial professional development provider for the New Jersey Education Association and Art Educators of New Jersey. Additionally, she designs and facilitates custom workshops with a focus on collaboration and creative thinking. From 2005-2010 she served on the board of Community Art Projects, an organization dedicated to developing public art projects in Ocean City, NJ. Kira earned a BA in Social Science from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014 she completed an MA in Art + Design Education, at the University of the Arts. The focus of her research was visual thinking methods and their impact upon organizational learning. In the fall of 2015 she completed the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program for emerging leaders at the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School.

currieMary Beth Currie

Associate Director of Special Projects, FEA

Mary Beth Currie is the Associate Director of Special Projects at the Foundation for Educational Administration. She began her teaching career in Philadelphia. Upon completion of her certification as a Reading Specialist, she served as a Reading Specialist in the Upper Darby School District. She obtained her first administrative position as a Principal in Upper Darby. In 2001 she was appointed the Principal of Bret Harte Elementary School in Cherry Hill. During her tenure, the school was identified as a Governor’s School of Excellence and was authorized and an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Most recently, Ms. Currie served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Holmdel Township Public Schools. While there, she established a program for Gifted and Talented students, expanded the AP offerings and supported the Rotating Block Schedule at the High School. She retired in 2014 from public education. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Joseph’s University and her graduate degree at The University of Pennsylvania. She did additional graduate work at Pennsylvania State University where she earned her Principal Certificate and qualified for the certificate as a School Administrator. In 1999, she was recognized as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar and travelled to Japan to study the educational system. She has presented at local and national conferences on a range of topics from Literacy Instruction to Inclusive Programs for youngsters on the Autism spectrum.

figgsKeith C. Figgs

Mentor, New Jersey Leaders to Leaders Program

Keith began his career as a classroom teacher in Vineland, including two years as a teacher of the gifted and talented. He served as principal of the Winslow Elementary School and the Butler Avenue Kindergarten Center. He had worked as the Director of various district summer programs and as evening supervisor of the Vineland Adult Education Center.  He was employed by the Salem City School District where he was an assistant principal of the Fenwick Elementary School, Director of Adult and Community Education and principal of the Salem Adult High School.  Dr. Figgs served as the Assistant Superintendent for Administration for the Vineland School District for 16 years, until his retirement in 2009. After retiring, he worked for the New Jersey Department of Education as a Network Turnaround Officer for the Wiggins and the Cramer Schools in Camden until June 2012.

Dr. Figgs is a member of many professional organizations and is the past president of the Rowan University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.  Additionally, he served as a member of the Teachers College Alumni Council at Columbia University.

Keith’s community activities have included serving as chairman for six years for the Board of Trustees for Community Treatment Solutions, an agency that provides psychological services for children and adolescents. He also served as a member of the Cumberland County College Board of Trustees from 2007 until 2014, where he was chairman of the Board in his final two years of service.

In 2010, he was awarded the Alumni Citation Award from the College of New Jersey and was inducted into the Cumberland County Black Hall of Fame in 2013.He is currently working for the Foundation for Educational Administration as a Mentor for new administrators in the New Jersey Leaders to Leaders Program and as a Coach/Facilitator for the School Leadership Program Grant in the Bridgeton and Millville School Districts.

flynnPatricia Flynn

Teaching Artist

Patricia Flynn has been a teaching artist for thirty years. She is on the roster of the NJ State Council on the Arts, and has led numerous AIE residencies, as well as having served as a panelist, on-site evaluator, and mentor for first-time residency artists. A member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA, she has acted and/or stage managed in regional theatre, Off-Broadway, and in London’s West End. She appears in the film LOVE AND ARGUMENTS, which came out last year. As a director, Pat has worked with young artists in Bolivia, Nigeria, Israel, Germany, and the United Kingdom. She is the director of theatre for St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, and is a recipient of a Governor’s Award in the Arts, and a Folk Arts grant in Irish set dancing from the NJ State Council on the Arts. Pat has an MFA in Acting from Catholic University, and studied voice with Benjamin De Loache at the Yale School of Music. She is a teaching artist for Young Audiences, NJ and Eastern Pennsylvania. This is her fourth year as a coach for Educational Leaders as Scholars.

healyNancy Healy

Field Supervisor/Liaison in the Art Education Department of Kean University

The former District Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts for the Jersey City Public Schools — a department which encompassed dance, music, theatre, visual arts, media arts, the distinguished JC ARTS HS Program, and the nationally recognized Creative Arts Therapy Program, Nancy Healy is currently a Field Supervisor/Liaison in the Art Education Department of Kean University.

Nancy has presented arts workshops often and at varied conferences including NAEA, ASCD, AENJ, NJPSA, NJPAC and NJ School Boards as well as at the annual American Art Therapy Association National Conference. Additionally, Nancy has worked with the NJDOE on initiatives such as the NJCCCS in the Arts, the Arts Assessment Advisory Committee and in the development of the Curriculum Exemplar in the Visual Arts.

While working in Jersey City, she was the recipient of five Best Practices Awards from the NJDOE, four federal grants (integrating theatre and art strategies and professional development for art educators) and three Save the Music Foundation grants. She is also a recipient of the NJ Governors’ Awards in the Arts, the Arnheim Award for contributions and support to the field of Art Therapy, as well as the Guadadiello Service Award and the Pugliese Youth Art Month Award both presented by AENJ.

Several of the partnerships and initiatives undertaken by Nancy have been published in the NJEA Review, ASCA School Counselor and the Art Therapy Journal and broadcast by NJEA Classroom Close Up.

In her current position, she is able to observe and applaud many fine art programs across the state.

heffernanMaureen Heffernan

Creative New Jersey and the Cultural Access Network New Jersey

Maureen Heffernan has spent more than 30 years in the field of Arts Education, working first as a teaching artist and then as a non-profit arts administrator where she has worked with young people, their teachers and their families throughout the tri-state region. Most recently she served as the Director of Arts and Education for Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. Maureen is a recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Arts Award as a Distinguished Teaching Artist. In her work in the field of Arts Education, she is deeply interested in the places where this work intersects with other fields especially around creativity, innovation and sustainability. Maureen has a strong passion for, and a commitment to providing opportunities for all people to access their creativity that we might use that power to build stronger communities. Maureen is on the steering committee of Creative New Jersey and the Cultural Access Network New Jersey. Additionally Maureen is a theatre director with more than 90 professional productions throughout local and regional theatres. She is a member of the faculty of the School of Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey where she teaches Integrated Visual and Performing Arts. Maureen holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Theatre from Calumet College in Indiana. Maureen is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a 2012 graduate of Lead New Jersey.


Mary Reece

Director of Special Projects, FEA

Dr. Mary Reece is the Director of Special Projects at the Foundation for Educational Administration. Prior to joining FEA, Mary served as a principal, assistant principal and supervisor in Edison Township. She began her teaching career in Irvington, and later worked at the NJ Department of Education. Mary has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Rutgers University from which she received her graduate degrees, and she has served as a mentor for many administrative interns. She has presented at state, national and international conferences on such diverse topics as teacher/administrative tenure, special education issues, mentoring/induction, arts education, and afterschool/extended learning. She has been an active member of local, state, and national education associations, completing a term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Currently, Mary is the chairperson of the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission, and a member of Sustainable Montgomery. She serves on the Board of Directors of Young Audiences – NJ, and of C.A.R.E. (Community Action Reaches Everyone), an Edison-based organization. In addition, Mary is a founder of Creative NJ, and she is the Board Chairperson of the NJ Arts Education Partnership.

spenceDeitra E. Spence

Educational Consultant

Dr. Deitra E. Spence is an educational consultant with over 30 years of experience in a variety of K-12 settings.  Most recently she was the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools and the Early Childhood Program in the Trenton Public School Schools in Trenton, New Jersey. Until her retirement Dr. Spence served as a special assistant to the superintendent, middle school principal, supervisor of secondary counseling, and middle school assistant principal in two suburban Philadelphia school districts. Her professional career also includes ten years in the School District of Philadelphia as an elementary school principal, high school vice-principal, reading specialist and middle school language arts teacher.

As a consultant for FEA’s School Leadership Grant, Dr. Spence currently coaches six principals in Bridgeton Public Schools and two principals in Millville Public Schools. She has taught three NJ-EXCEL courses and also coaches three principals who participate in the CAR Pilot Program. Deitra also acts as a SAM Coach for three principals in Trenton, is an adjunct professor for the College of New Jersey, and is a curriculum auditor who has participated in curriculum audits in a number of school districts across the country.

Dr. Spence received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the Pennsylvania State University and both her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from Temple University.

spicerWilla Spicer

Educational Leaders Coach

Willa Spicer has spent over fifty years in New Jersey education. After graduating from Wellesley College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, she taught in Madison and Trenton for over five years. She then attended Rutgers, gained her administrative certification and worked as an elementary and secondary principal as well as assistant superintendent in South Brunswick. At the same time she served nine years on the Board of Education in Lawrence.

Her career then led her to five years as Deputy Commissioner of Education and two years in curriculum in Montgomery. She taught adults in Rutgers Graduate School of Education and in the NJ EXCEL program at NJPSA/FEA. She now coaches principals in Trenton who are engaged in Integrated Arts programs sponsored by the Dodge Foundation under the auspices of NJPSA/FEA


Speaker Biographies


Eloise Bruce

Coach and Teaching Artist

Eloise Bruce has been a coach with the Foundation for Educational Administration FEA for four years. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, a BFA from Wesleyan College and an M Ed from Mercer University both in Macon, Georgia.   She was the first education director for the Asolo Theatre/the state theatre of Florida, she directed for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, is founder Idaho Theatre for Youth and was Artistic Director of Creative Theater in Princeton. NJ. In 2004 her first book of poetry Rattle was published by CavenKerry Press. Over the years she has had various roles at the Frost Place Center for Poetry and the Arts in Franconia, NH. She is member of the poetry critique and performance group Cool Women and works as a teaching artist for Young Audiences of NJ and Eastern PA and Writer’s Theatre of NJ. She also teaches multi-genre writing to middle school writers at the Arts and Education Center.  She is youth editor for RavensPerch Magazine and has worked as a teaching artist for 40 years.

BryanTrevor Bryan

Teacher and Creator of The Art of Comprehension

Trevor has been an art teacher in New Jersey for nearly 20 years. He believes that great arts education can open academic doors for all students and works hard to share how. He is the creator of The Art of Comprehension, which is an approach to art viewing that helps students learn essential English language arts skills and concepts through authentic transactions with art. Trevor is currently writing his first book for Stenhouse Publishing. More information can be found about his work at You can follow him on twitter at @trevorabryan.

campbellKaren L. Campbell

NJDOE Director, The Office of Supplemental Ed. Programs

Karen L. Campbell is the Director of the Office of Supplemental Educational Programs in the New Jersey Department of Education. In this capacity she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the federal Title I, Part A: Improving the Education of the Disadvantaged legislation in more than 400 school districts in New Jersey. In addition to the Title I portion of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), her office oversees implementation of Title III: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient Students and Immigrant Students; Title I, Part C: Education of Migratory Children; and Title X, Part C: McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act. Dr. Campbell and her team pride themselves in ensuring that federal funds of more than $450 million are used to supplement the educational needs of the state’s most vulnerable students.

Dr. Campbell’s work in education policy began with the implementation of New Jersey State Supreme Court’s Abbott vs. Burke decision (Abbott V), which required the state to direct programmatic and fiscal resources to compensate its 31 poorest school districts for years of insufficient funding. Here, she assisted schools in the state’s largest district with assessing the needs of their students and staff, and developing program plans and budgets to articulate these needs to the state.

carterEnnis Carter

Director,  Social Impact Studios

Ennis Carter is the founding director of Social Impact Studios, based in Philadelphia, PA. Carter began her career as a community organizer in New Jersey and started Social Impact Studios in Philadelphia in 1996 to promote important social issues through creative awareness building. Carter specializes in movement-building through community engagement, action planning, creative design, and campaigns.

CorbinRobert Corbin

Director – Global STEM Initiatives, Discovery Education

Robert Corbin is a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Urban Education and a National Board Certified Science Teacher serving as Director of Global STEM initiatives for Discovery Education. Robert served as Vice President of Learning Experiences at the Discovery Place Science Center in Charlotte, NC between 2007 and 2016. He served the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system as Earth Science Academic Content Coach from 2005 through 2007. He is a North Carolina Science Leadership Fellow, North Carolina LASER (Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform) faculty member, NSRC (National Science Resource Center) faculty member, a founding member of the Bank of America Teaching Fellows and Affiliates program and science facilitator for the National Board Teacher Support Program for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Robert also serves as a Facilitator for the NSF funded eMSS (E-mentoring for Student Success) science and math teacher support program Robert has taught a variety of technology and science courses in a variety of public high school, middle school and university settings for about 20 years. He currently serves as associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and adjunct professor at Wingate University. He is an Arts and Science Council Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Christa McAuliffe Fellow, North Carolina Science Leadership Fellow, Duke University Sawyer Fellow, Time Warner Cable All Star Teacher, Ben Craig Award recipient, Omnicron Psi Outstanding Science Teacher, Whitehead Educator of Distinction, and NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Southeastern United States. Robert has written and received grants and awards from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation, Sisters of Mercy Foundation, US Airways Foundation, Duke Foundation, PNC Bank, Foundation for the Carolinas, EPA, NAGT, Bank of America, First Union Bank, Wachovia Bank, Lowe’s Corporation, Toyota Tapestry Program, International Paper Corporation, Virtual High School Concord Consortium, Noyce Foundation, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Christa McAuliffe Foundation. He has written curriculum for Al Gore’s film Inconvenient Truth, Michael Pollan’s film Botany of Desire, the Weather Channel, Environmental Literacy Council, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Duke Talent Identification Program, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Weyerhaeuser Corporation. He serves on the Appalachian State University Strategic Industry Council, Wingate University Graduate Education Board, Mccoll Center for the Visual Arts Environmental Art Advisory board, Cars Inspiring Youth Executive Board, Partners in Out of School time Advisory Board, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Community Task Force on Choices and Johnson C. Smith University HBCU advisory board. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Michigan State University and an I.M.A. in Natural Science Education from the University of South Carolina and a Ph. D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

DuncanPatti Duncan

Discovery Education

Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology integration specialist, and professional development trainer. After working for 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education. She taught middle school and high school science for twelve years, most recently for the Wallenpaupack Area School District in Hawley PA. During that time, keeping her classroom innovative, engaging and student centered was  her focus. Patti has over 15 years experience presenting workshops and institutes on the local, state, and national level at conferences such as New Jersey Science Teachers Association, New Jersey Teachers Association, National Science Teachers Association, Chem-Ed, BCCE, PETE &C, TCEA, ASCD and ISTE.  In her role at Discovery Education, Patti has spearheaded many STEM initiatives including STEM Institutes, STEM-tastic Saturday, Connect the Dots, STEM Summer Camp Curriculum and STEM Professional Development. She also possesses a Master’s Degree in STEM Instruction and Curriculum Design.

Gray2Wanda Gray

Crayola Education Engagement Manager

Wanda, Education Engagement Manager for Crayola, has worked extensively with educators, school administrators and education organizations since 1998. Wanda is focused on collaborating with district and school leadership — listening to their needs and helping them inspire colorful learning by supporting arts integration approaches, and offering innovative solutions to reach academic goals. She delivers professional development that helps education professionals bring art-infused education to life. Wanda helps guide creative leadership teams on strategic planning, art based teaching strategies, and building educators’ creative capabilities and confidence. As an advocate for the arts in schools, Wanda articulates the impact of art in student success. Through her leadership and devotion, Wanda strives to champion for creatively alive children and promote creative teaching and learning.


Adrienne Hill

Principal, Hedgepeth/Williams Middle School

Adrienne Hill is a public education administrator with nearly 20 years of experience in both inner city and affluent school systems on the east coast.  She is the Principal of Hedgepeth/Williams MS of Arts in Trenton where she is a school turnaround specialist with a reputation for developing innovative school improvement strategies, revamping school culture, program re-branding/enhancement and family/community engagement. Her original and nontraditional school improvement materials and methods have been duplicated throughout the state. Adrienne’s student-focused approach to education and discipline has resulted in an impressive list of accomplishments. She has received numerous honors and awards including: Outstanding Educator and Public Servant (Princeton-Trenton Zeta Amicae), “20 Under 40” Making a Difference Award-Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, Kidsbridge Humanitarian Award, and she was a Disney Teacher of the Year Nominee. Most recently, she was recognized by the Advocates for Children of NJ (ACNJ) and the NJ Department of Education Regional Achievement Center (RAC) for her drastic improvement of student attendance and the decrease in chronic absenteeism above the state average.

She has served in a leadership and consulting capacity with numerous organizations such as: Center for Supportive Schools, GradNation Conference, Leading With Love, Circle of Community Leadership, Building Bridges, School Turnaround Leadership Network, Juggling Life (board member), Mercer County Gang Task Force, GGrant 94 ft. Academic Sports Academy, Roots Heritage Urban Food Hub, Jackie Robinson Park of Fame, and YOU-Turn Productions.

Adrienne is an active member of the following professional organizations: ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), NAREN (National At-Risk Education Network), NAESSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals), AEA (Actors’ Equity Association), ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Performers); NJPSA (New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association), and Phi Delta Kappa – Pi Chapter (Educational Sorority).

Ms. Hill is a professional actress and singer who holds the following degrees and certifications: Master of Education: Educational Leadership, Master of Science: Elementary Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Theater Arts, New Jersey Standard Principal Certification, New Jersey Standard Elementary Teacher Certification, New Jersey Supervisor certification, and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certification.

HoltStuart Holt

Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Metropolitan Opera Guild

As Director of School Programs and Community Engagement for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Stuart Holt oversees all K-12 school and community/adult programming. He is an active lecturer, master teacher, stage director, and resource for the field of opera education. Recent lecture appearances have included The Cosmopolitan Club – NYC, Manhattan School of Music, the American Musicological Society, Opera Volunteers International, Opera America, New York University, the Metropolitan Opera HD in Schools program, and as a panelist and master teacher for Brown University. Directing credits include work for Mosaic Arts — Charlottesville, NC, Nashville Opera, Tallahassee Little Theatre, James Madison University, Florida State University and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. He has also served on grant review panels for Florida State University, the Community Foundation of Middle TN and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Stuart holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, and a masters in opera production from Florida State University.

hulteenCheryl Hulteen

Author and Master Teaching Artist

Author of YES YES GOOD, The HeART of Teaching, Master Teaching Artist Cheryl Hulteen has spent over 20 years providing consulting services for school districts, teachers, administrators, parents, and students to foster greater learning and insight through building Creative Classroom Cultures YES YES GOOD works with stakeholders across the educational landscape to build exciting, innovative and positive environments for teaching, learning, and arts integrated curriculum development through motivational workshops, professional learning and one-on-one coaching. In addition to founding YES YES GOOD, Cheryl also serves as teaching faculty for Connecticut Higher Order Thinking Schools, an initiative of the Connecticut Office of the Arts, managed in partnership with Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center. “However we may speak, it is through the voices of our children we will most clearly be heard.” YES YES GOOD.

JackJim Jack

Director of Education and Outreach, George Street Playhouse

Jim Jack is the Director of Education and Outreach for George Street Playhouse. As Director, Jim supervises GSP’s Academy, School-based Residency Programs, and acclaimed Educational Touring Theatre. Jim recently directed My Name is Asher Lev and Terra Incognita for George Street Playhouse. For GSP’s Educational Touring Theatre, Jim has commissioned, produced and directed Gabi Goes Green! and Austin the Unstoppable, new musicals that explore climate change and Type II Diabetes.

Prior to George Street Playhouse, Jim worked at Roundabout Theatre Company. He co-founded Bronx Theatre High School and served as Roundabout Theatre Company’s Project Coordinator and Master Teaching Artist at the school for eight years. As a teaching artist, Jim has worked with many arts organizations, including 92nd Street Y, ArtsConnection, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Northern Stage. He currently teaches Shakespeare for the MFA Acting program at Brooklyn College.

A professional actor and director and member of AEA and SAG, Jim received his MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Favorite New York and Regional credits include: Horatio in Hamlet: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing; Banquo in Macbeth; the Bastard in King John; John Hale in The Crucible; Jacques in As You Like It; Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; and Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. Directing credits include: Our Town Now, K2 (Dramalogue Award); IRL: In Real Life; The Birds; Break the Chain; Burn This; Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; New Kid, Peacemaker, Austin the Unstoppable and The Zoo Story.

LabruscianoPeter LaBrusciano

Teaching Artist, Educational Arts Team

Peter LaBrusciano has over 16 years experience working as a Teaching Artist in the New York/New Jersey area. He currently works for the Educational Arts Team in Jersey City, NJ. He graduated from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education with an MA in Educational Theater, and received a BA in Theater Arts from The University of Iowa. For eleven years Peter appeared in professional theater productions in Vermont and Iowa. Peter is also an accomplished visual artist, creating masks, scenery, and large-scale puppets that are both skillfully rendered and highly imaginative.

LongoShawna Longo

Teacher and STEAM Facilitator, Hopatcong Borough Schools

Shawna Longo currently teaches grades 6-8 General Music, directs the Chorus and Drama Club, and serves as a STEAM Facilitator at Hopatcong Middle School in Hopatcong, NJ. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a Master of Public Administration in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ; and Supervisor/Curriculum Director’s certification from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.  In addition to teaching, she has also had a successful experience serving as a Music Supervisor for grades K-12. Mrs. Longo has extensive experience designing and implementing music curriculums for Grades K-12 in all disciplines (choral, band, and general music). She has presented numerous professional development workshops on a range of topics including curriculum development, music technology, musical theatre, and Music and the Common Core as well as serving on committees for NJMEA and the NJ Chapter of Ti:ME. She was a recipient of the Governor’s Educator of the Year Award in 2016 and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has also directed and/or choreographed numerous musical theatre productions.

MariglianoMichelle L. Marigliano

Special Projects and Assessment Coordinator, Young Audiences

Michelle L. Marigliano, Special Projects and Assessment Coordinator at Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania is a master teaching artist and program coordinator for Creative Beginnings© YA’s Early Childhood professional development model, the Creativity Consultant Project, Dance To Learn, A4L and Working with Diverse Learners in the Arts. She has presented workshops with YA, the Omega Institute, the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability, NJAEYC and VSA. Michelle holds a Masters of Arts in Child Development from Sarah Lawrence College and has completed training concentrations with the Cloud Institute’s Education for Sustainability, the Child Development Institute, Yoga Ed K-8, and in Qualitative Assessment.

MaullGeorge Marriner Maull

Artistic Director, The Discovery Orchestra

George Marriner Maull, Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra and Emmy-nominated public television personality, believes everyone can become a virtuoso listener!  He has taught thousands of individuals in live presentations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for area adult schools and for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. As writer, conductor and host of three educational productions for American Public Television – Bach to the Future©, Discover Beethoven’s 5th© and Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons© – Nielsen ratings indicate he has reached millions of viewers across the United States. His Discovery Orchestra Chats on YouTube, tweets and blog posts have followers on six continents. The Discovery Orchestra’s eight-part series for American Public Television, Fall in Love with Music, premiered last spring in primetime in the major television markets of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Maestro Maull’s passion for teaching classical music listening has been enhanced by his career as a professional orchestral violist and conductor, leading performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as in six European countries, and recordings conducting the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra on the Naxos label. While attending Abraham Lincoln High School he had the privilege of being a student of Dr. Saul Feinberg who became his mentor. Dr. Feinberg, now retired from the School District of Philadelphia, gained national recognition in the 1960’s for his insights and methodologies in the field of aesthetic education and music listening. George Marriner Maull received two degrees in music performance from the University of Louisville and pursued postgraduate studies at The Juilliard School. The University of Louisville has honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus. He resides in Bedminster, New Jersey with his wife, pianist Marcia Maull.

morrisonRobert B. Morrison

Founder and CEO, Quadrant Research

Robert B. Morrison is Founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research organization. He also serves as the Co-Director of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership. Mr. Morrison is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research. He served as the managing partner for the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project, completing the first statewide census for arts education in every school building. This work has been hailed as a model for statewide arts education research.

Mr. Morrison is also the founder of Music for All where he remains chairman emeritus. He was the first CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, served as the Director of Market Development for the NAMM and was recognized for his work adding the arts as a core subject to the nation’s education goals.

Mr. Morrison’s advocacy work has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award and he received an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York.

newman2Amanda Newman-Godfrey

Moore College of Art and Design

Amanda received her B.A. in Fine Arts and History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, her M.A. with Certification in Art and Art Education at Teachers College Columbia University, and is an ABD Doctoral Candidate at Teachers College Columbia University. Amanda holds a Certificate in Art K-12 and a School Supervisor’s certificate in New Jersey. For eleven years she worked as a teacher of art, and ultimately the Arts Department Supervisor, at New Jersey’s largest private day school for students with special needs ages 3-21. In 2006, Amanda joined the AIE Consortium as the Arts Education Associate, managing the NEA/NJSCA Artists-in-Education Program to oversee artist residencies, teaching artists and grants in K-12 schools across New Jersey. In 2009, she was appointed as faculty to the Art and Art Education program at Teachers College Columbia University coordinating the intensive summer M.A. and co-coordinating the M.A. with Initial certification programs. In 2014, she joined Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia as an Assistant Professor in Art Education, and oversees the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs in art education. She has presented at state, national and international level conferences on art education for diverse learners, was the recent recipient of the Doctoral Dissertation Award at Teachers College for outstanding research that will contribute to her field of study, and was named a “Rising Star in Higher Education” by TC Today magazine. She is a past recipient of the Burton-Moser Fellowship, Dean’s Grant for Faculty Development, Myers Art Trust Scholarship, and is also an exhibiting photographer and jewelry designer. Amanda’s research interests include working with students with learning differences and the impact of art education on their development and growth as individuals. In addition to focusing on art education for students with special needs, Amanda’s research also delves into assessment practices in art education, preservice teacher education, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and arts administration in K-12 schools.

RobinsonMyssi Robinson

Artist and Educator

Myssi Robinson, is an artist and educator from Richmond, VA. Following her graduation from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, she spent four years as a performer, educator, and administrator for Nimbus Dance Works. Along with teaching classes, she enjoyed directing the Nimbus Youth Ensemble and developing a creative movement experience for students at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind. Myssi currently maintains a freelance dance career and a visual art practice centered in energetic empathy and community. Her fine art work has been shown throughout Jersey City, and she looks forward to her first residency at Art Farm in rural Nebraska this Fall.

RowePatricia Rowe

District Supervisor Arts and Technology, Moorestown Township Public Schools

Patricia has worked as a District Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction at Moorestown Township Public Schools since 2008. She currently oversees the programs within the following K-12 curricular content areas: Visual and Performing Arts, Business and Careers, Educational Technology, and Technology Education. Trish has spent the past 15 years in education; previously holding teaching positions within visual arts and technology.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree,  a Master of Science degree, and has completed a post-masters in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey.

schmidDale Schmid

NJDOE Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator

Dr. Dale Schmid is the Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator for the New Jersey State Department of Education; a position he has held since 1999. As one of 45 state arts education directors throughout the country, he helps shape state and national standards-based arts education policy. He is also charged with oversight and reauthorization of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in the Visual & Performing Arts, and other special state supported curriculum projects such as the model curriculum and assessment project. Additionally, he provides professional development and technical assistance to teachers, administrators, and service providers’ – supporting New Jersey’s 676 independently operated school districts. Moreover, he innovates and supports model programs and systems of assessment for learning that foster arts literacy and expand opportunities for learning in the visual and performing arts for New Jersey’s 1.4 million students.

SnyderSusan Snyder

President, arts education IDEAS, LLC

Susan is an international clinician, teacher, mentor, and curriculum developer. She is president of aeIDEAS, a company dedicated to facilitating child appropriate educational models and programs, and Executive Director of The Total Learning Institute. Susan has taught at all levels and holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has expertise in music and arts education, literacy, curriculum and digital platform development, special learners, early childhood, integrated curriculum, learning theory, brain compatible learning, creativity, multiple intelligences, movement, multicultural education, and education for urban, underserved, and minority/migrant populations.

As Executive Director of the Total Learning Institute, Susan develops curriculum designs and multi-media products that facilitate hands-on, brains-on, integrated learning. She is an author of many professional texts and a senior author for McGraw-Hill Education. She has pioneered development of Total Literacy/Total Learning, a multi-sensory, arts-integrated approach for elementary teachers and children, particularly effective with challenging students. The approach patterns the brain for learning, guiding students to learn how to learn.

Susan is also co-author, with Mahru Ghashghaei, of Nine Rubies: Broken silence of a daughter of revolutionary Iran. While not a political book, this powerful coming-of-age story occurs during Iranian history from the time of the Shah through the Revolution, from a personal and cultural perspective. ( Nine Rubies tab)

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SorianoKate Soriano

STEM Professional Development Specialist at CIESE, Stevens Institute of Technology

Kate Soriano is the STEM Professional Development Specialist at CIESE.  Kate is an experienced science teacher and STEM professional development provider. She has worked as a professional geologist, an informal science educator for preK-12 school groups, and a developer of STEM programs for students and teachers. One of Kate’s hobbies is costuming shows for local community theaters and she has incorporated sewn circuits into many costume designs. Kate holds a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics, an M.S. in Geology, and an M.A. in Education.

sullivanKerri Sullivan

Director of Arts Education & Outreach at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center

Kerri Sullivan is the Director of Arts Education & Outreach at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center.  She is also an adjunct professor of Theatre and a Clinical Supervisor for the MST program at Rowan University. She has consulted with the New Jersey Department of Education on numerous projects including writing the soon to be released Student Learning Standards for Theatre, the Model Curriculum for Visual and Performing Arts, and the Career and Technical Education written and performance assessments for Theatre. She was also a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Design Team for the Delaware Department of Education. Kerri was Chair of the New Jersey Theatre in Our Schools Conference for the American Alliance for Theatre in Education from 2012 to 2014. She has taught and directed drama and theatre at Princeton Junior School in NJ and Middletown High School in DE. Kerri is the Co-Chair of the New Jersey Arts Education Collective, a founding Board Member of The FAF Coalition, and is a Commissioner with the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission.  Kerri earned a BFA in Theatre Arts with a major in Acting from The University of the Arts and a MA in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from New York University.

taboneCarmine Tabone

Executive Director of the Educational Arts Team

Carmine Tabone, Executive Director of the Educational Arts Team, leads a city-wide school program that demonstrates arts integration strategies and lessons to teachers on ways to make literacy engaging and accessible for their students. He lead and documented a series of three USDOE Arts in Education projects (2005-2014) that showed the effectiveness of arts integration on academic and social student outcomes. He has been an adjunct professor at NYU and facilitated men’s drama groups at the Orange County, NY. He received the NJ Governor’s Award in Arts Education in 2013, an Honorary Research Award in 2010 from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and written numerous articles on theater arts in the classroom.

ValentiPeggy Valenti

FEA Consultant

Peggy has long been involved with integration and infusion of the arts in education. Throughout her educational career, as both teacher and administrator, she has presented arts integration workshops throughout New Jersey. She has been involved with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1989 having developed arts infused study guides that correlated with the Young People’s Orchestra Concerts. She now contributes to the Educational Task Force committee at the same organization. Peggy has also worked in the Education Department of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, helping to develop various artist in residence programs that infused social studies and literacy with the arts.

Receiving her musical training from Westminster Choir College, Peggy continues to perform when her schedule permits. She teaches and coaches voice to aspiring young actors. Peggy is excited to be working as a coach in the Educational Leaders as Scholars Program and looks forward to helping her school achieve in their endeavors.

WellsJames Wells

Crayola, Innovative Teaching and Learning Manager

James Wells is the Visual Arts Advisor for Shelby County Schools, Memphis-TN, where he began his career as a middle school art educator. James’ varied work experiences include serving as museum educator with the Culture and Heritage Museums in South Carolina and an arts administrator with the TN Arts Commission.


WillsSteve Wills

Arts Integration and Creativity Consultant

Currently an Arts Integration and Creativity Consultant, Steve was most recently Coordinator of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education Resource Center. He engineered the Resource Center’s development and coordinated its first ten years of operation. Prior to joining the staff of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Steve worked for 35 years as a high school Language Arts teacher and department chair in a suburban Philadelphia district. In addition to being a National Board Certified teacher, Steve has worked as a freelance writer, completing three books, over a hundred magazine articles, and two decades of newspaper columns on topics in education and science.

WongMark Wong

Teaching Artist, Young Audiences

Mark Wong is a certified Teaching Artist and co-founder of Hip Hop Fundamentals is a self-taught B-Boy with 15 years experience performing assembly programs, dancing in touring contemporary companies, and battling. He designs and facilitates Hip Hop Fundamentals’ workshops, in-school residencies, and performances through Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.

YoungDominique N. Young

Crayola, Professional Development Leader

Dominique is a nationally recognized leader in developing and delivering K-12 student enrichment programs. Her expertise includes literacy development, family engagement and college and career readiness. Over her 17-year career Dominique has lead marketing programs at Scholastic, ACT Inc, and Lakeshore Learning — always focused on educators’ needs and effective solutions. She helps educators connect teaching practices with relevant research and resources. Having served on the Reading is Fundamental board in Southern California, and other national and state committees that increase family engagement and summer reading, Dominique is very knowledgeable of best practices. She brings a creative energy and deep commitment to helping educators as they build capacity to help students reach their full potential. In her current role with Crayola Education, Dominique is responsible for advocacy and efficacy — embedding art integration throughout districts and schools. She serves on the Champion Creatively Alive Children committee that administers Crayola grants to schools that generate innovative teaching and learning exemplary models.

ZimmermannKurt Zimmermann

Teacher and STEAM Facilitator, Hopatcong Borough Schools

A graduate of William Paterson College, Kurt has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. Kurt works in the Hopatcong Borough Schools in Sussex County where he teaches band in both the high school and middle school. He also directs the marching band, pep band, holiday ensemble and pit orchestra in the high school.

Mr. Zimmermann has previously taught in Rockaway Township and in the Westwood Regional School District. During that time, Kurt has taught band, strings, general music and chorus, and he served as the District Chairperson for the Fine and Performing Arts Department in the Rockaway Township Public Schools. He is listed in the Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

Kurt is the Associate Music Director and Co-Principal Trumpet of the Hanover Wind Symphony. He is an active performer in local churches and various cover bands. He has conducted the 2007 New Jersey Region 1 Honors Intermediate Band and the 2014 the New Jersey Region 1 Elementary Honors Band, is a local private instrumental music instructor, and has served as the pit orchestra director or lead trumpet player in many local musical theatre productions.



July 17, 2017

Crafting a School-wide Vision and Charting Your Course with Creative Leadership – Wanda Gray

Arts Integration Strategic Plan Map

Leadership Starts with Vision

Balance Priorities

ARTS INTEGRATION – Using Visual Arts as an Avenue for Engagement – Patricia Rowe and Steven Wills

July 18, 2017

Equal footing: strategies and techniques for creating interdisciplinary teaching and learning in and through STEAM – Kate Gugliotta

Intentionally Weaving Social Emotional Learning into Arts Integration – Susan Snyder

Sequence and Creativity in Music and Movement for the Elementary Grades – Susan Snyder

July 19, 2017

All Aboard the Arts Integration and STEAM Train – Shawna Longo

Break Through Classical Music – The Discovery Orchestra – George Marriner Maull