Arts in the Parks Teaching Artists

Allison Ballard has over 25 years of experience teaching creative movement and drumming/rhythm classes to children. She is the founding Director of Fort Wayne Taiko, a drumming and movement ensemble and Director of the University of Saint Francis’ Jesters program. Allison received a Master of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy from Columbia College Chicago in January 2003.

Kelly Bricker is a Ball State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in education.  She is currently teaching elementary art for the Jay  County School Corporation. She is passionate about oil painting, ceramics, and printmaking.  In her free time, she loves painting, barrel racing, boating and spending time with her family.

Sonja Brooks is a teaching artist who encourages children and adults to explore both the fun of art making and its power to nourish growth and change. Sonja is also Executive Director of Sisohpromatem Art Foundation Inc., a non-profit in Lexington, Kentucky that helps children develop life skills and community participation through engagement in the arts.

Emilie Fisher: is a recent graduate from the University of Saint Francis, with a degree in Visual Art Education. She has a passion for teaching children about creative ways to use different materials in their home to create art, and about creating expressive works of art.

Florine Golden is the family and consumer science teacher at Jay County High School. She has taught Cake Decorating for over 32 years.

Carol Knarr-Gebert teaches dual credit speech and theater through Ivy Tech at Jay County High School. Carol has performed storytelling in China and Israel as well as throughout the United States. She received her BA from Anderson University, MS from Indiana University and MFA from Arizona State University. Learn more about storytelling at www.carolknarr.com

Christine Kuhn is an art teacher and activist who uses art to empower and promote liberal social change. She holds degrees in biology, chemistry, and diplomacy and is a graduate of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Training Program. When she’s not in the studio, Christine can be found cycling the city streets and back roads of her hometown, Lexington, KY.

Kara Pinkerton is a teacher at Blackford High School in Hartford City, IN. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Education in 2006 and landed her first teaching position in Blackford County that summer. She has had a passion for the arts since early elementary school.

Luke McClung graduated from Jay County High School in 2007. He attended Anderson University where he completed a double major in Fine Arts and Art Education. Luke is in his 6th year teaching art at South Adams High School where he offers 19 different courses to high school students and teaches middle school as well.

Stephanie Schieltz is a first year elementary art teacher in the Jay School Corporation. She graduated from Ball State University in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Education specializing in ceramics.

Rebecca Stockert received a BA in ceramics and MA in painting from the University of Saint Francis. She teaches History of Art and Culture I & II and Art Appreciation at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Billy Simms has 18 years of teaching experience working with students from kindergarten-age through college undergraduates. He has an MS degree in Special Education, a BA degree in Theatrical Scenic and Lighting Design, and is expected to graduate summer of 2017 with an MFA in printmaking.

Tori Tasch is an artist and art educator who loves alternative printmaking processes. Tasch uses transfer techniques to create layered effects in her books, collages and prints. She is an art educator for K3-8th grade at a Catholic school and President of Wisconsin Visual Artists.  She maintains an active studio practice and exhibition schedule.