CCSESA Welcomes Three New Regional Arts Leads for 2017-18
CCSESA is pleased to welcome two leaders who will be serving on the CCSESA Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Visual and Performing Arts Subcommittee. This subcommittee is chaired by Dr. Gary Waddell, Deputy Superintendent for San Mateo County Office of Education and Lisa Tiwater, Assistant Superintendent for Stanislaus County Office of Education.
DAVID TOMARI: Currently, David is VAPA Coordinator and Region 2 Lead at Butte County Office of Education. He is also a College Board* Advanced Placement® Studio Art workshop consultant/presenter and a reader for the Praxis Exams. He has been a Reader and Table Leader at the AP Scoring sessions. He serves as a member of the University of California Cadre of Visual and Performing Arts Experts, Commission on Teacher Credentialing Bias Review Committee and The Commission of Accreditation Site Visitation Team, examining teacher presentation programs. He was a California Art Project Staff member 1988-2012. In addition, he served as the California Art Education Member and past officer and National Art Education Association Member since 1974. He received the California Art Education Association Outstanding Secondary Educator in 1992, California Art Education Association Outstanding Visual Program award in 1996, and the National Art Education Association Pacific Region Secondary Art Educator Award in 1999.
David taught Visual Arts at Oroville High School and served as the VAPA Chair and Head Wrestling Coach from 1973 to 2010. David’s teaching assignments have been Art/ Art Appreciation, Art II/ Graphic Design, Advanced Art, AP® Studio Art and Adult School Ceramics/Sculpture. David is now retired and teaching for the Butte County Office of Education. He has mentored over thirty five teachers over the years. He has contributed to the standards developed and content for all the current Art Teacher assessments: National Board Certification of Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood, PRAXIS and CSET Exams and has been a reader and trainer of readers for these exams. He served on the U.S. Department of the Interior, Junior Duck Stamp Curriculum committee and helped in introducing the fifth standard in California’s VAPA framework.
He writes, “We are here to be creators. I was fortunate that the public schools were offering many opportunities for me, to expand my perceptions about the arts and to practice and develop my creative abilities. As a result, I’m enjoying creating original works as a visual artist, drumming for my wife’s middle eastern dance troupe, dancing at local events and singing in the Community Choir. ”
My focus is to encourage the same opportunities for the students I have influenced. Imagine living in a world without the arts? Imagine going to school each day without the arts being part of it. Having access to activities that help develop students’ creativity is a right.”
KATE STOVER: Currently, Kate Stover is the Visual and Performing Arts Staff Development and Curriculum Specialist at the Tulare County Office of Education and the new Regional Arts Lead for Region 7.
To say that Kate has deep roots in Tulare County might be an understatement. Born and raised in the county, Kate is the fourth-generation to call the area home. Her great-great grandparents, immigrants from France, herded sheep over Mt. Whitney into the valley in the late 1800’s. They settled on land about five miles from where Kate grew up, in rural Tulare County. She attended local schools and developed her passion for the arts and education at a young age. Over the years she has dabbled in everything from playing the flute and singing in choir, to ballroom dancing and directing plays. Her favorite artistic pursuit is photographing the ever-changing landscape of the valleyKate attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, receiving her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts. She also has her master’s degree in humanities from CSU Dominguez Hills and her multiple subject and single subject (English) credentials from CSU Bakersfield. For the last 15 years, Kate has worked in education: serving as an after school program coordinator, middle school teacher, arts integration specialist, and now as the VAPA consultant for the county office. Although Kate’s journey has been a winding one, ultimately the road led her home.
“I am proud of my local heritage and am honored to work with the students, families, and communities of the Central Valley.”
“The arts heal. The arts save. The arts matter.”
JESSA BRIE MORENO: Jessa will serve as Co-Lead for Region 4 with Derek Fenner, representing Alameda County Office of Education, where she is Co-Director of School Transformation Through the Arts, White Educators for Racial Justice and the Integrated Learning Specialist Fell@s Program. She is also most recently a California Alliance for Arts Education Field Manager and co-founder of Rise Up! An American Curriculum, arts-centered civics lessons inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical. Jessa has been building arts education and creating theatre in the Bay Area since 1997. She is Founding Director of the Oakland Theatre Arts Initiative with Oakland Unified School District and in 2005 founded the nationally-award winning student company OakTechRep at Oakland Technical High School. Moreno has served on faculty at the San Jose State U. Theatre Dept and with the California Institute of Integral Studies teaching coursework in Global Studies, Social Change, Performance Studies, and the Art of Communication, among others. Her directorial work with young people has appeared in collaborations with CalShakes, Stanford, UC Davis and in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has directed theatre for the Playwrights Foundation, San Jose Stage Co., Marin Theatre Co. School Tour, SF Playhouse Reading Series, Playground, SoMArts, Brava Reading Series, StageWrite, and as Asst. Director for Macbeth at CalShakes. As an actor she has worked with A.C.T., Marin Theatre Company, Aurora, TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Co., SFShakes, and CenterRep, among others. Professional Theatre Awards include an Emmy (Motion Capture Specialist), Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Dean Goodman, and Shellie Best Actress Awards. She is a graduate of Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico in Italy and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Inquiry from CIIS.
Jessa comes from a lineage of civil rights activists and professional artists, and as a sixth generation Californian also finds it essential to address our shared local history of settler colonialism. She has a passion for story circles, oral histories, and firing up our mirror neurons through empathetic listening.
“I believe in the adage that art is love…it is our humanitarian mode of communication across time, place, language and culture. It can be, at once, a connection to ancient lineage and a disruption of current systems of oppression. Art is both our birthright and a way forward through uncertain times. Creativity is, indeed, at the core of attaining deep wisdom, which should be the true goal of any education.”-Jessa Brie Moreno
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