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Florida Association of Art Educators (FAEA)

Nancy Puri has over 30 years’ experience in supporting visual arts programming in Florida and 23 years as a teacher and administrator. She is dedicated to the growth and development of both teachers and students in the educational system as well as a supporter of the arts within the community. Currently, Ms. Puri serves as the Senior Coordinator of Visual Arts for Polk County Schools in Lakeland Florida and has previously served as a school based Administrator and visual arts teacher. Ms. Puri has extensive experience in curriculum support and design, professional development in the Fine Arts and for academic courses. Her experience extends to recruitment and hiring of teachers; new and emerging teacher training and programs; on-site support for teachers; development and oversight of District Assessments and visual arts exhibitions’ development and implementation.

Current Affiliations:

  • FAEA Board of Directors
    • Director of Supervision & Administration Division
    • Executive & Finance Committee
    • Chair Exhibitions Committee
  • NAEA Professional Materials Committee
  • Reviewer/Florida Alliance for Arts Education Florida Arts Model Schools
  • Board of Directors Art Crawl for Emerging Artists
  • National Arts Education Association (NAEA)
  • Art Crawl Board of Directors
  • Assessment Review & Development, State of Florida Art Subject Area Exam

Florida Association of Theatre Educators (FATE)

Ted Lewis has been a Stage Combat Fight Choreographer for the past 38 years and has founded two combat and comedy troupes that have performed at several Florida Medieval and Renaissance Festivals. He is the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Theater Education and a member of the Florida State Thespian Board of Directors. He has been a Theater Arts Instructor at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida for the past 18 years and an active member of the Alachua County Theater Community for 30. He is a set and lighting designer and acting coach, both professionally and in the community, as well as a graduate of the University of Florida Technical Theater Program where he was the student Technical Director and Designer on shows such Cabaret and Soldiers Story at the Phillips Performing Arts Center.


Florida Dance Educators Organization (FDEO)

Tenaj Lynn Davis holds a Doctorate in Education with a Minor Degree in Curriculum Development from Nova Southeastern University. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Barry University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from California Institute of the Arts. Dr. Davis spent several years as a professional commercial dancer working out of Los Angeles. She has taught and performed in nine countries and throughout the United States including three years with the first National Broadway Tour of The Wiz and two years as a spokesperson for Dance Reebok. She has been featured in several national and international publications including a ten-page layout in Shape Magazine. Dr. Davis has worked as an adjunct professor at Barry University and Miami-Dade College. She is presently employed by Miami–Dade County Public Schools where she has taught general and magnet dance, served on the school site leadership team, mentored new teachers, and coordinated the school center for special instruction.


Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA)

Kathleen D. Sanz received her B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from the University of South Florida, and her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Colorado. Presently she is the President and CEO of the Center for Fine Arts Education in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to that Ms. Sanz served as the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Services and Co-Directed the District School Board of Pasco County Curriculum Department from 2007-2011. From 1985-2006 she supervised the Fine Arts at the K-12 level. Her past teaching experience includes 8 years as a music educator at the elementary level. Ms. Sanz has been instrumental throughout her career in curriculum and assessment development and implementation at the district and state level.

Ms. Sanz served as a grant evaluator of U.S. Department of Education “Professional Development in Arts Education” (PDAE) grants for the Hillsborough County, Florida public schools. She also developed and received grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for the Florida Music Educators Association awarded annually from 2011-2016.

Ms. Sanz is Past President of the Southern Division of NAfME, as well as Past President of the Florida Music Educators Association. Ms. Sanz has also served as President of the Florida School Music Association, 2010-2011. Currently, Ms. Sanz is the State Executive of the Florida Music Educators Association.