Arts Education

Allison Gruber

2019-01-09T21:44:43+00:00January 9th, 2019|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Allison Gruber is an educator and writer who, for over a decade, has taught courses in composition, creative writing, and the humanities at both the college and secondary level. She holds a BA in English from Carthage College and an MFA in Writing from The [...]

Shayne Smith

2019-01-09T22:01:55+00:00January 9th, 2019|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Shayne Smith is currently the Director of Bands, Orchestra, and Theater at Flagstaff High School. He graduated with his Bachelor’s of Music from Ashland University in 2016 and moved to Flagstaff to begin teaching at Flagstaff High School in the Fall of 2016. This is [...]

Kathy Marron

2019-01-11T11:54:34+00:00January 9th, 2019|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Kathy Marron teaches art to all grades at Thomas Elementary. Her inspiration and energy is reflected in the work of her students. Marron began a school-wide mural and self portrait project at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. She had each grade create self portraits [...]

Joe Maniglia

2019-01-09T22:19:37+00:00January 9th, 2019|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Joe Maniglia was child performer who would regularly organize talent shows and perform at family gatherings. Maniglia sharpened his talents and earned a B.A in theatre arts at Taylor University and studied at Chicago’s Second City Conservatory. He became involved with the Theatrikos Theatre Company [...]

Faun Nichols

2019-01-09T22:27:29+00:00January 9th, 2019|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Arts Education Faun Nichols is the music educator, band, and choir director at Sechrist Elementary School.  Students at Sechrist participate in a music class once a week all school year. Part of the Sechrist students’ music education includes singing, performing choreography, and narration in children’s musicals in [...]

Tim McKay

2019-01-01T05:30:24+00:00January 7th, 2018|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Arts Education Tim McKay is an educator who wears many hats in the Flagstaff music community. He works as  a teacher, director and performer in various capacities. Tim is the director of bands at Mount Elden Middle school, and is in his fourth year as the Director of [...]

Betsy Hamill

2019-01-01T05:30:24+00:00January 7th, 2018|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Arts Education Betsy Hamill is a passionate educator in the Flagstaff community who works with people of all ages. She is Co-Director of the Center for Indigenous Music and Culture (CIMC) along with her husband Chad. For the past 3 years the CIMC has hosted the Merveilles Gathering, [...]

Leslie Ptak Baker

2019-01-01T05:30:30+00:00January 7th, 2018|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Arts Education Leslie Baker has been teaching at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) for 16 years, and has made her mark on the Flagstaff community as both an educator and a performer. She teaches a variety of classes at FALA including Jazz dance, levels 1,2 & 3, [...]

Joe Cornett

2019-01-01T05:30:30+00:00January 7th, 2018|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Arts Education Joe Cornett is a teacher of digital photography at Flagstaff High School. His students have been recognized for their quality work both in school and in wider artistic communities. Joe is always looking to provide his students with new opportunities for showcasing their work, or for [...]

Chandra Hemminger

2019-01-01T05:30:37+00:00January 7th, 2018|Arts Education, Viola Awards|

2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Arts Education Chandra Hemminger has been teaching art at Summit High School since 2010. She teaches a variety of classes at the school including, Art Foundations, Painting & Drawing, and Ceramics & Sculpture. As an artist herself, Chandra has a passion for ceramics and she is heavily involved [...]

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