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Teacher Bios 2014 Summer Art

Karin Tollefson-Hall, Ph.D., is Assisant Professor and Art Education Graduate Program Director at JMU with five years of teaching experience in grades 7-12 art and Spanish. Karin is an active member of the Virginia Art Educations Association, a book artist, and is fluent in Spanish.

Kelley Shradley-Horst, BA Art is a certified art teacher at Harrisonburg High School with 8 years of experience teaching art, including students with limited English proficiency. Kelley also provides leadership as the Secondary Division Director of the Virginia Art Education Association. Her mixed-media paintings have been shown this year at Bridgewater Collage, and her jewelry is on display/sale at Larkin Arts. Kelley's favorite art practice is working with recycled or unwanted items and repurposing them into beautiful new objects.

Quillon Hall, BA Art Education, is a certified art teacher with 11 years of teaching experience. Quillon is a member of the American Craft Council and creates intricate paper designs. His work has been shown at the Blue Moon Diner, Joshua Wilton House, Clementine, and Rick’s Cantina.

Tisha McMillan, is a middle school art teacher in Fredericksburg, VA. She holds a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Art History from JMU. She has been teaching art at the elementary and middle school levels for over 12 years and has taught for the JMU Summer Art Program for 10 years. Tisha’s recent art exhibitions at Kybecca and the Joshua Wilton House featured her watercolor, pen and ink paintings.

Robin Goble, MA and BFA Art Education, is a certified art teacher for Rockingham County Public Schools with 18 years’ experience teaching K-12 students. Robin is a JMU
Clinical Faculty member, with several JMU students working as teaching assistants in her classroom each semester. Robin has served as the Art Director at Camp Overlook for 10 years.

Valerie L. Smith, BA Studio Art, has worked with JMU Summer Art since 1999. Before opening Larkin Arts, she was a teacher for 12 years in VA public schools. Now, Valerie spends her time at Larkin teaching classes, coordinating the education programs, planning special events and community art initiatives, and directing the galleries.

Hannah Sions, MA Art Education and BA Studio Art, is a certified art teacher for Rockingham County Public Schools with 4 years of experience teaching K-12 students. Hannah's photographs have recently been a part of an art show at Bridgewater College featuring local art teachers as well as local group showings. This is her first year teaching JMU Summer Art.

Krista Castrodale, is an artist and educator who earned a BFA from JMU in 2011 with a concentration in painting and drawing. She has two years of teaching experience and is currently the art teacher at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, VA. Krista has been teaching summer art for the nonprofit enrichment program, Jacob’s Ladder, for three years. Her paintings have been shown at Artworks Gallery, Sawhill Gallery, and Clementine in Harrisonburg.

Jauan Brooks, MA Art Education and BS Studio Art, is a VAEA award winning certified art teacher completing her 19th year teaching K-12 students. Jauan is the Fine Arts Instructional Team leader at Harrisonburg High School where she teaches art, computer graphics and is the lead visual arts teacher in the HHS Fine Arts Academy. Her mixed media paintings, drawings, and jewelry have been featured in local venues throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Cyndi Gusler, MFA Painting and Drawing and BS Liberal Arts with teaching certification, is Professor of Art at Eastern Mennonite University, where she has taught for 12 years.
She has also taught K-8 art at St. Stephens School in Kentucky. Cyndi has a large exhibition record demonstrating concern for the environment and humanity.

Suzanne Miller-Corso, MFA Dance Performance and Choreography and BFA Dance with prior teaching certification, is an Associate Professor of Dance at JMU teaching primarily jazz, musical theatre and tap dance. Suzanne is a College of Visual and Performing Arts Distinguished Teacher Award recipient. She has performed professionally in the musicals Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, and A Chorus Line and abroad in Sydney, Australia in Phantom of the Opera.

Kate Nesmith is an elementary art teacher in Harrisonburg, VA. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from JMU. She has been teaching and making art with elementary artists since 2008 and has taught for the JMU Summer Art Program for 3 years. Kate particularly loves working with textures, incorporating paper and gold leaf into her mixed-media drawings and paintings. Her work has been featured at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro.