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Co-Directors/Editors

Dr. Mary Palmer is President of Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the arts and education. Recently named Professor Emerita at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Palmer was Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education at the University of Central Florida, Orlando; she also served as Dean of the UCF College of Education.  Dr. Palmer is senior author of Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 music textbook series published by Silver Burdett Ginn and has authored over 40 textbooks which are used worldwide.

Drawing on her four decades in public education and community leadership, Dr. Palmer currently works with schools throughout the country to assist them in developing and implementing arts integration programs to maximize student success and enliven schools.  She has led workshops for and collaborated with these groups in 48 states and many foreign countries.

For her work in Arts Education she has received numerous awards, including a special commendation from three of Florida's Governors; the prestigious Arts Recognition Award from the Florida Department of State; ACE of Hearts; Pi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year; and various awards from the University of Central Florida.

 

Susan Rosoff is the managing member of Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC.   She has developed numerous interdisciplinary curriculum materials for museum collections and exhibitions.  In her former role as Curator of Education at Orlando Museum of Art, she was the first in the state link museum learning materials to the Florida Sunshine State Standards, and later was Project Director of “Learning Florida History Through the Murals of Christopher Still,” and “Exploring Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales” projects coordinated through Florida Department of Education and ACE/FAAE.  She is a frequent presenter in professional development workshops for both teachers and museum educators, and has worked extensively with Mary Palmer & Associates on arts integration programs.   Susan received the Briarcliff College Alumnae Award as well as awards from United Arts of Central Florida, the Florida Art Education Association, and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE.)

WRITERS


Digital Photography

Marilyn Traeger Polin has been happily teaching art since 1975 and currently teaches computer art technology to 6th - 8th graders at the amazing South Miami K-8 Center. The 2011-12 school year is her last...really!  She has been honored to be recognized in 2010 by the Florida Art Education Association with the Career Service Award, 1998-99 Outstanding Art Educator, 1997-98  Outstanding Middle School Art Educator. She has exhibited her artwork (acrylics, photographs, & prints) in many shows. Marilyn lives in Miami and looks forward making more time for playing with her family and friends, writing, and plorking!


Digital Storytelling

Dr. Megan Alrutz is Assistant Professor of theatre at The University of Texas at Austin where teaches courses in applied theatre, theatre for social change, and digital storytelling. In addition, she works as a community-based teaching artist focused on arts integration and devising theatre and digital storytelling performances with youth.


Podcasting

Victor J. Randle, Jr. is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Digital Media. He has been working with UCF CREATE teaching and designing lessons fusing modern technology with current teaching initiatives since 2008. He has also worked for the City of Orlando and the Orlando Science Center, and is constantly engaged with those willing to learn something new.


Podcasting

Dr. Trae Stewart holds a Ph.D. in International & Intercultural Education (Educational Policy, Planning, & Administration) from the University of Southern California.  He specializes in service-learning and community engagement, international education, teacher education, instructional and civic leadership, and youth psychosocial development. www.traestewart.com

Podcasting

Brian Tortorelli knew he wanted to be an artist from a very young age. He studied Metals and Jewelry Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Emerging Media at the University of Central Florida. Music came a bit later, but has since been just as prevalent in his life. For several years now, Brian has also been teaching various artistic media and processes from traditional drawing, to metalwork, to graphic design. Currently, Brian is an Associate Course Director at Full Sail University teaching Art and Design History.

Graphic Design

Brian Okarski is a recent graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design with a BFA in Graphic & Interactive Communication. Brian's focus is within multidisciplinary practices using a variety of mediums, and believes in the power of original design. He is currently an Interactive Designer at Ringling College Design Center, and is planning a move to New York City where he will pursue a career in Graphic Design. 

Layout

Laura Coyle is a graduate student in the Instructional Technology Program at the University of Central Florida.  Laura holds her Florida Professional Educator's Certificate, and was previously the department chair of the language arts department at the middle school where she taught eighth grade.  She is currently employed as a sales representative for the Peter Li Education Group, based in Dayton, OH.

Webmaster

Wendy Williams graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Marketing and has over eleven years of experience in professional web development and programming.  She recently obtained a TEFL Certificate with hopes to one day live abroad and teach English.  Her passions include traveling, adventure, animals and the outdoors.