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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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