All New Jersey superintendents and principals are invited to submit an application (for new applicants) to bring a team to this three-day summer institute at Princeton University July 17-19. The institute will focus on the development of school/district projects that stress arts integration with NJ’s Student Learning Standards.

The application is available here.

 

Format: The institute format will include: keynote presentations, workshops, interactive experiences with teaching artists, and planning time for teams and coaches to design an arts integration project.

How: Each team must be composed of, at a minimum, the superintendent (or other central office person), a principal, an arts teacher, and a regular classroom teacher. Extra credit will be given for the addition of a board member. Other personnel who may enhance the team are invited to attend.

What is included: All expenses, with the exception of a $75 registration fee, are covered: a room at the Nassau Inn in Princeton for each team member, meals (except one dinner), and materials.

How to register: On the attached registration form, list all personnel who will attend. Sign the commitment statement which includes the following components:

• Payment of $75/participant prior to the start of the institute (scholarships may be available for teams from high-need districts);

• Participation in a pre-institute webinar in May;

• Attendance at all institute sessions;

• Designing and implementing a district or school-based project that focuses on arts integration;

• Working with an assigned coach during the school year;

• Evaluating the success of the developed project; and

• Providing demographic data for the Dodge Foundation Dashboard.

Registrations, which should be sent to Karin Marchione (kmarchione@njpsa.org), are due by April 13. Selected teams will be notified by May 12 at which time an institute agenda will be provided. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Mary Reece (mreece@njpsa.org) or (609) 860-1200.

 

Speaker Biographies

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 fouroclockfaculty.com. 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, Ph.D.

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.

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, Ed.D.

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, Ph.D.

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. (www.aeideas.com Nine Rubies tab)

Learn more about Susan at www.aeideas.com.

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.

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, 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.