Arts Integration Professional Development for Teaching Artists and Others

2012 FAAE Arts Integration

Teaching Artists


From a pool of seventy-three (73) applicants, five (5) teaching artists were selected for participation in the first in-depth FAAE Arts Integration Guided Residency program.  Fifteen (15) mentors, representing successful classroom/subject area teachers, arts teachers, and teaching artists, were selected to mentor the five FAAE Arts Integration Teaching Artists.  FAAE Arts Integration Teaching Artists worked one-to-one with their personal mentor teams to build professional skills and to establish a sustainable and supportive learning community for Florida Teaching Artists.

2012 FAAE Arts Integration Teaching Artists and Mentor Teams

DANCE:  Dr. Margo Blake, Orange County

Mentors:       Dr. Kathleen Klein, Professor Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach County
                    Deb Lombard, Dance Teaching Artist, Sarasota County
                    Paige Politte, 5th Grade Teacher, Orange County

VISUAL ART:  Dolores Lowery, Gulf County

          Mentors:       Judy Levine, Teaching Artist, Sarasota County
                              Mary Kay Westhoven, Art Teacher, Palm Beach County
                              Cheri Lovett, 2nd Grade Teacher, Osceola County
MUSIC:  Judy Steinmeyer, Duval County      

          Mentors:     Jeff Smith, Cathedral Arts Program, Duval County
                              Jeanette Shorey, Music Teacher, Broward County
                              Andy Rafalski, Arts Integration Coordinator, Osceola County
DRAMA:  Crystal Haralambou, Hillsborough County

Mentors:       Diane Messina, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orange County
                       Sarah Henderson, English Teacher, Osceola County
                       Gail Chase,  Drama Teacher, Orange County

MULTIDISIPLINARY ARTS:  Nzingah Oniwosan, Broward County

          Mentors:    Donna Wissinger, Teaching Artist, Clay County
                              Jana Broder, Teaching Artist, Hillsborough County
                              Theresa Young, 1st Grade Teacher, Okaloosa County


Four of the five 2012 FAAE Arts Integration Teaching Artists completed Guided Residencies in Arts Integration during spring 2012.  These artists were supported in their program development, implementation, and reflection by their highly capable and experienced mentor teams.  All of the Guided Residencies took place in school settings. Profiles of each of the artists are provided below.  A link to Guided Residency plans is provided where available.

Link each to the Guided Residency plan, according to artist.  There is no plan for Nzingah.   Say:  Click here to see 2012 Guided Residency Plan.


Click HERE for information about the 2012-2013 Guided Residency Program and Application. 

Margo Blake, Orange County

A New York native, Reverend Margo Blake holds five degrees including a BFA in dance, a Master’s in Arts Administration, and an Honorary Doctorate from Bible College where she was Dean and Director of Arts.  Margo was an adjunct instructor at both Temple University in Philadelphia and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  She has served as Performing Arts Director for Agape Christian Academy in Orlando.  Her 47-year career as a professional dancer, choreographer, playwright, director and instructor has earned Margo an international reputation.  Margo’s instructors included: Michael Peters, Chuck Davis, Katherine Dunham, Arthur Hall, and West African masters in the U.S. and Ghana, West Africa.

Margo’s performance credits include:  Broadway, television and screen.  She has performed in West Africa, the Cayman Islands, Carnegie Hall, The United States Capitol, Smithsonian Institute, Lincoln Center, and Orlando-based theme parks.  For Walt Disney Entertainment,  Margo was a performer, trainer, and African Dance Consultant for The Festival of The Lion King Show; she was the first African American female Associate Show Director at Walt Disney World.

Margo is a founding performer of Fresh stARTS, an “Artist in the Schools Program” in Orlando; she has provided dance programs and residencies with Fresh stARTS over the past 20 years.

Currently, Margo teaches dance at The Center for Contemporary Dance in Orlando and the KIDZ Ministry at her church. She is a new Teaching Artist listed with the Orange County (Florida) Arts Education Center.

Click HERE for Residency Plan

Visual Art
Dolores Lowery, Gulf County

Dolores Lowery is a visual art instructor in Port St. Joe, Florida with children K-12 and adults.   A true individualist, she strives to create work that is unique and encourages originality in all her students.   She previously worked as Artist in Residence for Project Impact in Franklin County.  Dolores became heavily involved in the arts in Bay and Gulf Counties in 2003 when she opened her own gallery.  She is the founder and President of the Society of Expressive Artists, a former member of the Board of Directors and current volunteer for the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts.

Click HERE for Residency Plan. See student work HERE .

Judy Steinmeyer, Duval County

Judith Steinmeyer started her career in Washington, D.C. as a violinist with the United States Air Force Band. She performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bolshoi Theatre, the White House, Carnegie Hall and worked with artists including Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles. Judy played violin in the Baltimore and Washington Opera-Ballet Orchestras and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and is a voting member for the Grammy’s. She conducts the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Premiere Strings and teaches music to nearly 650 students every week at Holy Family and Holy Spirit Catholic schools in Jacksonville. Judy is very excited about helping youth use music to resolve conflicts.

Click HERE for Residency Plan

Crystal Haralambou, Hillsborough County

At Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Crystal Haralambou walked on stage and fell in love with theatre. Following high school, she studied her craft at the University of South Florida and was cast in a number of challenging roles that drew excellent reviews. After graduating with a degree in Theatre, Crystal followed her dream and worked with several renowned theatre companies, including SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando. She was also awarded the Gilda Radner Scholarship for Comedy from The Second City in Chicago. To keep her craft honed, Crystal routinely performed with the Bay Area Improv Theatre Ensemble. In 2008, Crystal received an Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida to attend Improv Training in New York with comedy greats such as Gary Austin, Jeffery Sweet and David Razowsky. At the Patel Performing Arts Conservatory (Tampa,) one of the top five performing arts centers in the country, she served in an administrative role and was director of various performances designed to give children the opportunity to act. 

Prior to working at the Patel Conservatory, Crystal spent eight months in the Philippines, where she taught children in some of the poorest parts of Manila. One of the highlights of her stay was conducting “The Power of Theatre in Teaching” seminar for area educators. The experience not only confirmed her belief that theatre was a universal tool for teaching, but also a wonderful catalyst for bringing people together. A true epiphany for Crystal, however, was discovering how theatre transcends even cultural differences by speaking to the human spirit.

In all, Crystal has more than a decade of experience teaching theatre to children, teens, and adults in studio classes and school settings. To her, theatre is not only a form of entertainment but also a powerful means for self-expression. She sees children as artists and is in perpetual awe of her students’ creativity and imagination.

Whether acting, directing, or teaching theatre, Crystal is absolutely passionate about her work. Perhaps this is because she hasn’t simply found a wonderful career, she has discovered her true calling.

Click HERE for Residency Plan

Multidisciplinary Arts 
Nzingah Oniwosan, Broward County

Nzingah Oniwosan is an award winning visual artist, classically trained pianist, published poet, and an up and coming African and Haitian Folklore dancer. As a result of her working across various artistic disciplines, she has had the opportunity to work with well over a ten thousand children and adults as a teaching artist. She currently has been field reporter for Teaching Artist Journal in addition to be being an artist in resident with Arts 4 Learning, Miami; VSA FL; and Old Dillard Museum. In recent years, she has been awarded several grants from Broward Cultural Division to further her work as a teaching artist.