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Presenters — Arts Are Core: One World, Many Makers

Thursday, August 1, 2019
8:00 am–4:00 pm
Edith Bowen Laboratory School—Utah State University

Mary Ann Lee

Mary Ann Lee

Keynote Speaker

Mary Ann Lee is the director of the Tanner Dance Program and Children's Dance Theatre in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, where she is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Dance. She trained with Virginia Tanner and was a member of Children's Dance Theatre. She received master's degrees in dance and French from Mills College and the University of Cincinnati, respectively. She performed professionally with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and Moveable Feast Dance Company in San Francisco and with the Contemporary Dance Theatre in Ohio. Ms. Lee was a dance specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts' Artists-in-Schools program and taught throughout the United States. She has been an invited guest teacher in China, Japan, The Netherlands, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, England, Finland, Canada, and Brazil. Ms. Lee continues to teach at the University of Utah in the Departments of Modern Dance and Education, and in the Tanner Dance Program. She teaches throughout Utah, nationally, and internationally.

Judy Thibault Klevins

Judy Thibault Klevins

Kennedy Center Teaching Artist

Judy Thibault Klevins is a Kennedy Center teaching artist who has directed hundreds of plays and led workshops and projects with people who range in age from six to ninety-two. She developed partnerships between Arlington VA schools and professional theatre companies including “Signature in the Schools.” After guiding her students to winning state rankings for original shows, the booster club named her “Coach of the Year.” Ms. Klevins also served as Arlington’s Arts Education Specialist.

Judy created Swapping Stories©, an intergenerational/intercultural storytelling project. Her play "Expectations" was written and premiered at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood Florida where she was a fellow.

Currently, Ms. Klevins works as a National Touring Workshop Leader for the Kennedy Center and has presented seminars and workshops in 39 states.


Emily Byrd

Emily Byrd

Emily Byrd received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Teaching from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Emily is an Outreach Educator at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in Logan, UT.

In 2018, Emily was selected to be the Artist-In-Residence at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City where she conducted weekly art classes for patients, caregivers and staff.  She also taught art classes at Salt Lake City’s summer camp program, Youth City. Emily was also chosen to be a University of Utah Artsbridge Scholar where she visited North Star Elementary and Carl Sandberg Elementary teaching art courses.

Emily Byrd has experience in oil and acrylic painting, colored pencils, ceramics, bookbinding, artist books, sculpture, installation sculpture, quilling, lithography, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, printmaking, collage and art history.  Emily is able to focus lessons around specific art pieces, core standards as well as a variety of themes. She is skilled in writing lesson plans focusing on preschool, K-12 and adult art projects. She is comfortable engaging participants and making them feel comfortable in creating art. She has experience working with a variety of groups including adult patients, private events, elementary and high school students.  Emily has a strong belief in using art to teach problem solving skills, increase mental and emotional health, create a means for communication within communities and other groups, and passing along classical skills in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Jill DeVilbiss

Jill DeVilbiss

Jill DeVilbiss teaches music at Edith Bowen Laboratory School, a K-6 charter school at Utah State University. Jill holds two degrees from USU in Vocal Performance (1990) and Choral Education (2000). She has completed three levels of training in both the Kodàly and Orff-Schulwerk methods of teaching music. She also completed two summer courses at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Jill served on the National Board of Trustees for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as a regional representative and is currently the Local Conference Chair for the national confernece in Salt Lake City.

Jill was named the Outstanding Elementary Music Educator for the state of Utah by the Utah Music Educators Association for the 2012-2013 school year. She was also named Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 at Edith Bowen Laboratory School in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University.

Jill loves being surrounded by children. She has taught at Edith Bowen Laboratory school for the past 20 years and worked with Cache Children’s Choir for 22 years. She has presented at state and national conferences on the Child’s Singing Voice and Integrating Music into Other Core Curricular Areas. She was a part of a four-year study on the effect of arts education on children’s problem solving and conflict management skills at Utah State University. Her passion is helping young voices and young musicians to grow.

Jonathan Hale

Johnathan Hale

Jonathan is an art educator, special educator, and art therapist. He has worked as an art teacher in a public charter school in the Detroit Metro area, as an art educator and art therapist in a residential treatment center, and as an art integrationist in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in two public schools. Jonathan currently works with mainstream students, and in a special education school with students with multiple and severe disabilities. Jonathan received the 2017 Sorenson Legacy Award for an Exemplary Program in the state of Utah for his work at his two schools. Jonathan is interested in the role of art education in social development and has partnered with the University of Utah's Kelby McIntyre- Martinez to develop and implement art inclusion programming that brings together students with disabilities into his mainstream elementary art classroom.

Laura Reina

Laura Reina

Laura Reina was born and raised on a farm in Salt Lake City, Utah as the daughter of a high school football coach. Her life on, and in, the field lead her to develop a strong work ethic and a love for a challenge. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Utah and began teaching in Granite School District in Salt Lake City. She taught 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades during her 9 years at the district, and was fortunate enough to follow an outstanding administrator to several schools. She also received a Master’s in Teaching Mathematics from Western Governor’s University. Since moving to Logan, Laura has worked at Edith Bowen Laboratory School in various positions, including: RTL Specialist, Title I Director, Gifted Specialist, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Specialist, Levelled Library Curator, School Musical Director, and currently as the Curriculum & Assessment Director and Vice Principal. She taught several courses for the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership, including Reading Methods, Writing Methods, Classroom Management, and Movement Exploration. Laura completed a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy. Her research has been focused on the development of curriculum in early grades with other work in leadership, preservice teacher preparation, place-based learning, and school change. With a broad range of skills and experiences, Laura finds the arts are the thread that ties it all together.

Lisa Saunderson

Lisa Saunderson

Lisa Saunderson teaches at Utah State University in Art Education for Caine College of Art & Design, is the BTSALP art teacher at Edith Bowen Lab School in the College of Education and Human Services, and is an art mentor with Opera By Children, a Utah Festival Education Program. She has taught with USU’s Arts Access, working to establish art integration in K-8 life skills classrooms in Cache District, and co-taught with the Puppet Program, Marie Eccles Caine Foundation-Russell Family public school arts outreach. As a custom design artisan, Lisa has worked with researchers designing and constructing research sampling equipment for stream restoration projects. Lisa has served in several local arts outreach programs, bringing art experiences to youth groups, creating community and quality art installations.

Lisa grew up in Canada, she has worked within the field of custom design in Montreal, Vancouver, London, Cape Town, and Logan, Utah. With a background in furniture design, fiber arts, and sculpture, the common thread that has run throughout her career has been design of children’s products. The careful consideration and research of how a child will interact with bedroom furniture, wooden toys, costumes, props, or puppets has been an education in pursuing safe, functional, imaginative design that children can connect with and use. These culturally diverse and enriching experiences help to inform her approach to integration in art education.

Analisa Smith

Analisa Smith

Analisa Smith is the Creative Movement and Physical Education Lecturer at Utah State University’s Edith Bowen Laboratory School. Analisa has been teaching at Edith Bowen for 20 years, with 30 years’ experience teaching large motor skills, elementary physical education and creative movement. Teaching movement skills and movement methods through a structured skill based curriculum has been the most effective for her students. Her emphasis is an integrated curriculum of other content areas and art disciplines through creative movement and physical education. Smith’s curriculum validates the Utah State core curriculum, National Core Art Standards and the Physical Education National Standards. Smith has attended various workshops and presented at many conferences, state and nationally. Smith participated in the writing of the Utah State Office of Education integrated Science core K-2, and collaborated with USOE to write K-12 Physical Education Curriculum development and lesson plans for classroom and physical education teachers, focusing on integration. She attended Utah State University majoring in Interior Design.