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Applause for art, music teachers
Linda Mah
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Applause for art, music teachers

Teachers Help Students Develop Talents

On Feb. 21, dozens of KPS student artists displayed their creations at Bronson Methodist Hospital, as part of the 16th annual Promising Artists exhibition at Bronson. is exhibition, which annually lasts for more than a month, is a partnership among the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson Health Foundation, and Kalamazoo Public Schools.

With works of art from elementary through high school students, the exhibit is one of a number of opportunities for KPS students to show o their tremendous artistic talents, including Art Hops and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts exhibits.

On March 20, four weeks later, the Kalamazoo Public Schools Music Department Showcase Concert at Chenery Auditorium featured a few hundred KPS student musicians in orchestra, choir, and band. is concert, like concerts at schools throughout KPS, gives our gifted young people the opportunity to shine and to display their significant musical talents.

Our students, as talented as they are, require talented teachers and regular lessons to hone their skills. At the districtwide concert, coordinated by the district’s music lead teacher Carrie Cook, the following teachers directed our students:


Sandra Shaw, 2018 Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) Orchestra Teacher of the Year


Denis Shebukov


Theresa Williams-Johnson

KPS music teachers across the district help develop children musically. In addition to the teachers listed above, they are:

Jennifer Boyer


Jeanna Cervantes- Hickman

Ondina Cooper


Julie Davis


Nathaniel Forrister

Norma-Jean Forshey


Taryn Fooy


Mary Foster


Chelsea Funk-Paschall


Ben Gudbrandson


Ashley Hall


Yvonne Hoffman


Ken Jones


Karen Kempe


Roger A. Lynch

Jeremy McIntyre

Stephanie Measzros

Aaron Mirakovits

Jeff Mom

Julie Pelligrino

Elizabeth Perkins

Scott Robbins

Dan Stout

Jessica Wallace

Cindy Zerban

The Bronson exhibit, coordinated by the district's art lead teacher Mandy Clearwaters, displayed works of art of our KPS students, taught by the following district art teachers:


Amber Beeman


Lindsey Borsvold


Rebecca Carter


Errin Corstange


Gayle Crittenden


Kellen Deau


Jacqueline Denaway


Misty DeNoon


Matthew Douglas


Danelle Drake


Douglas Duncan

Rana Findling

Christine Folke

Nicole Kirby


Julie LaBudda


Ian McKinney


Jamie McKinney

Todd Patrick


Kyle Pfeuffer


Abigail Ruffer

Marlena Smith

Gregory Stevens

Harry Sykora

Cambray TrapHagan

Cindy Van Lieu

In an era in which districts across the country, underfunded and burdened by state budget cuts, have eliminated or reduced their art and music programs, it is good to reflect upon our talented students and the talented staff that develop their musical and artistic gifts. It’s also good to reflect upon the programs that we continue to support and promote on behalf of our children. In this era, we defenders of public education can take nothing for granted.

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