23 Educators Participate In ArtsBuild Leadership Program

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Participants in the ArtsBuild Leadership program
Participants in the ArtsBuild Leadership program

ArtsBuild held its fifth Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers. The program is based on the organization’s popular arts leadership institute presented each fall. 

The summer Institute gave Pre-K-12 teachers and administrators the opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the role the arts play in the greater Chattanooga area. Classes included presentations on the arts for underserved audiences, economic development, and funding for the arts. The program also included hands-on activities, tours of arts organizations and artist studios as well as special guest speakers and panelists from the community. 

“This is the only arts leadership program for teachers that we are aware of in the country," said Rodney Van Valkenburg, ArtsBuild's director of Grants and Initiatives.  "Through the Institute, teachers make connections with our arts community and have a deeper appreciation of our arts infrastructure which will benefit the educators professionally and personally.” 

Twenty-three teachers participated in this year’s Institute, representing 13 local public and private schools. Participants included art, theatre, music, science, math, and literacy teachers, among others. 

Claire Stockman, lead music teacher at Red Bank Elementary, participated in the program this year. “Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers opened my eyes to the myriad of arts activities going on in our great city,” said Ms. Stockman. “I am excited to plan the next school year with new contacts in Chattanooga's community of artists and to engage every child, every day, in the arts.” 

2017 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers participants: 

Amy Ball, Orchard Knob Elementary School
Jennifer Brockett, Red Bank High School
Sheree Brundage, Harrison Elementary School
Lindsay Burgess, Westview/Nolan/Apison Elementary Schools
Cathy Carroccio, Center for Creative Arts
Katie Claiborne, Hixson High School
Lauralyn Drake, Big Ridge Elementary School
David Dunn, various private schools
Sharon Dunn, various private schools
Pamela Foster, Daisy Elementary School
Pam Hopkins, Loftis Middle School
Alex Jackson, Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe High School
Betty Julian, Thrasher Elementary School
James McClary, Allen Elementary School
Claire Millsaps, Big Ridge Elementary School
Aaron Moore, Center for Creative Arts
Robbie Morgan, Daisy Elementary School
Glynna Pate, Center for Creative Arts
Jessica Peck, Center for Creative Arts
Marcia Smith, Center for Creative Arts
Claire Stockman, Red Bank Elementary Schools
Bryony Stroud-Watson, various private schools
Kim Thompson, retired music teacher 

Applications for the Fall Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute will be available in July at www.artsbuild.com.


3 UTC Faculty Members Receive Alumni Association Awards

Three faculty members were honored this month with awards at the UT Alumni Association Board of Governors Awards Dinner. Dr. Mohammad Ahmadi, the Guerry professor of Management, and Dr. Joseph Jordan, assistant professor in the Department of English, received the association’s Outstanding Teacher Awards.  Nicole Brown, academic advisor and professor in the Communication ... (click for more)

GPS Faculty And Admin Present At National Conference

Five teachers and administrators from Girls Preparatory School presented skills for the 21st century – empathy, flexibility, risk-taking, and reflection – at the National Coalition of Girls Schools’ annual conference in Washington, D.C. in June. Not content to offer their expertise to others, they also attended sessions that offered professional development and ideas to bring back ... (click for more)

Young Woman Suffers Serious Injuries In 30-Foot Fall At Quarry At Greenway Farms

A young woman was seriously injured on Wednesday night  when she fell approximately 30 feet from a bluff at the the Greenway Farms quarry in Hixson.   Some kayakers were paddling in the quarry shortly after  8 p.m. when they saw the woman fall to the ground below. They immediately went over to the victim and called 911. The Chattanooga Fire Department ... (click for more)

Walker County Taking Out Another Loan To Deal With Debts Left By Bebe Heiskell Administration

Walker County officials said they are having to take out another loan to deal with debts left by the Bebe Heiskell administration. Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has called a special meeting for Thursday at 2 p.m. at the commissioner's office in Lafayette. The agenda includes a $4 million tax anticipation note from Lafayette Bank, which stepped in to help the new administration ... (click for more)

CPS Should Have A Manned 24/7 Presence In Every County

This week something became abundantly clear to me. The Department of Child Protective Services in the state of Tennessee, or at least in Hamilton County, are asleep at the wheel.   Early yesterday afternoon local news stations broke the news: "Animals Removed from Soddy Daisy Home."  What the news station either didn't know, or didn't report, was that the children of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Heroes Gather On July 14

Oliver North, whose journey as American patriot has not been an easy one, never lost hope. He once admitted he lied to Congress under oath, was found guilty of three felony counts after he followed the direct orders of his superiors, and then endured the wrath of the ignorant before the ACLU – of all sources – had the charges vacated. The former Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps ... (click for more)