Fillmore Staff

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MARGARET MEENEHAN

Director

ME Curriculum and Instruction, American University
BS, Movement Education, George Washington University, WDC

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Margaret Meenehan is a Performing Arts Specialist K-12. She has lectured, taught and performed internationally with Modern Dance companies and additionally in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City. Locally, she has presented work at the Washington Project for the Arts, DC Space, Dance Place, Joy of Motion, Dance Arts, Red Wiggler Farm and at several Universities. Meenehan is a recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships to study the arts and cultures of Japan, Canada, and Mexico, and has been awarded two DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities Grants in Education. She received the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective ​Teaching, 2014. Maggie was an invited speaker at the Dance and the Child International Conference in New Zealand. She was awarded a merit scholarship to Duke University to work with the American Dance Festival. Maggie is passionate about providing children with opportunities to experience high quality arts education and to helping them develop their creativity and knowledge through the arts.

 


 

MARI BIANCHI

Director, After School Program and Summer Arts Camp


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Robert Battle

Music

BA, Music Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance

MPA, Public Affairs/Public Administration, University of Missouri-Columbia

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A strong advocate for interdisciplinary teaching practices and community partnerships between schools and local organizations, Robert Battle is an experienced music specialist with a demonstrated history of building vocal music programs that promote equity, public value, strong school culture,  and meaningful experiences in music education. For ten years Robert worked as the artist-in-residence for choral music with the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and for six years taught a 130-member 5th Grade Honors Choir. While teaching with Columbia Public Schools, Robert taught a 6th-8th grade choral program boasting over 150 students, AVID, served on the district’s equity team, and was the curriculum lead for choral music. Robert previously served on the boards for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, and the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri.

 


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KAREN DANIELS

Dance

M.ED, Education Leadership, George Mason University, 2000
M.A., Arts Management, American University, 1988
B.F.A., Dance, Adelphi University, 1980
Dance Certificate, Duke Ellington School of the Arts,1976

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Ms Daniels is a native of Washington, D.C., a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Workshops for Careers in the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Adelphi University, and a Masters in Arts Management from American University. She has the honor of having been awarded 2 Fulbright scholarships. Her performing experience includes: Everyman Street Theatre Company, Adelphi Dance Theatre, Memory of African Culture, KanKouran Dance Company, Chuck Davis Dance Company in Nigeria, and with members of the National Ballet Diolliba of Guinea, West Africa. Ms. Daniels is co-founder and program director of Cosan Arts Institute, a non-profit arts organization providing services in video production, photography, and artstraining for youth. She has been a dance instructor at Fillmore since 1989, and she taught movement in the Theatre Department at Duke Ellington School of the Arts for fifteen years.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/user/karen-daniels/ 

 


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MONIQUE FLOWERS

Theater

BFA Theatre Arts Acting/Dance, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Monash University 
Theatre/Dance studies, Melbourne, Australia
Studied Theater at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts

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Ms Flowers has been teaching Theater at Fillmore Arts Center since 2009. Her last show was JUNKANOO at THE ARC in Washington DC. She is currently focusing on creating independent film work, producing scripts, documentaries, and directing. She works with her church as a dancer and choreographer for the dance ministry team. Her teaching methods ask that students be daring, let go of fear, take risks and do not allow the world to define what they “should” be. We each have our own calling and as performing artists we are creative leaders that can change the world in many ways.

 


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HOLLY GAGE

Music, Band

BA, Music Education and Trombone Performance, Augustana College, South Dakota
MA, Nonprofit Management, University of South Dakota.

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Ms Gage has previously taught beginning band through high school band for eight years in South Dakota and Iowa, where her students excelled in performances and competitions. Additionally, she has maintained a lesson studio for piano and wind instruments. Her love of music and travel led her to perform with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, solo with the Augustana Band in China, lead a trip of high school students on a European tour through seven countries, and eventually to Washington D.C.

 


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LEA INGER

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CHRISTINE KHARAZIAN

Strings

Cum Laude Graduate of the Komitas State Conservatory of Armenia, and the Tchaikovsky Advanced School of Music in Yerevan.
Languages –  English, Armenian.

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Ms Kharazian is a concert violinist who studied violin under the tutorship of Prof. Edward Dayan, a pupil of David Oystrakh. Kharazian’s early performance experience includes 5 years with the Armenian National Opera’s Symphony as a member of the first violins, and with the Sharakan Ensemble of Ancient and Medieval Music of Armenian TV and Radio, as a soloist. She is an experienced educator, alumna of the Inspired Teaching Institute, a violin instructor at Sidwell Friends School, at Fillmore Arts Center in Washington, DC and Washington Performing Arts Society teaching artist for the Capitol Strings program. Kharazian has an active performing and teaching practice. As a soloist, she has appeared in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Dumbarton House, the Gallery at The Ellipse, and various Embassies in Washington, among other venues. Kharazian is also the author and presenter of a series of interactive programs in music education. As a performing and teaching artist, she collaborates with CHIME (Community Help in Music Education), offering programs to hundreds of DCPS students through Arts for Every Student – a project of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, benefiting many of the District’s public and charter schools. Currently she serves as a Chair of Student Activities at Friday Morning Music Club.

https://www.christinekharazian.com/

 

  

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VALERIE MONTANA

Visual Arts

MA, Art Education, Maryland Institute College of Art

BFA, Art Education, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

BA, Sociology, Macalester College

Ms Montana is an experienced visual arts educator who creates a nurturing classroom environment where all students are encouraged to learn, grow and express themselves through art. Prior to teaching at Fillmore, Ms Montana taught art at the high school level and used art as a medium to communicate, educate and serve the school and community. She created multi-disciplinary art lessons to advocate for social justice, promoted student art and participated in the annual Empty Bowls project with S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat). As an artist, Ms Montana enjoys working with clay and mixed media. In her free time, Ms Montana can be found working in her garden, cooking and spending time with her family.


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REGINA PALMER

Custodial Engineer

Ms Palmer has worked in DCPS since 1985, initially with Building and Grounds, Maintenance Department, from which she retired in 2011. With a background in sewing and design, she opened her own fashion business, “Thick Is In”, geared to full figured women and has earned Certificates in Sewing and Dressmaking, Stratford Career Institute, and, Dressmaking and Design, Penn Foster Career School. Palmer loves to sew and win fashion competitions. She, also, has extensive experience as a home health aid, and, is a minister at House of Praise in Washington, DC, to help the hurting and win lost souls.

 

  

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PAMELA TIIK POLLET

Digital Arts

BFA Photography, (includes digital arts and web design);
Multiple Adobe Applications Certificates

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Ms Pollet. a career musician/singer/songwriter, and visual artist, 

has been teaching digital art at Fillmore since 1999, and is proud to be expert level and continuously highly effective, specializing in Adobe applications – Photoshop, Flash animation, video, stop-motion animation.  Her photographic art is frequently exhibited in Washington DC, Philadelphia and NY. She is also an award winning musician, having received two songwriting grants from the D.C.C.A.H., has a long, colorful career as a performing musician nationally, has released 2 albums with her rock bands, and is a member of the Girls Rock!DC(GR!DC) Leadership Team and GR!DC After School Program (GR!ASP), where she is also a band coach. She is also the Fillmore webmaster, graphic designer and technology coordinator. She frequently donates her time and services to local charitable organizations.

http://www.mspolletdigitalartclass.com/

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/article/13028627/girls-will-be-boys

http://www.thefrasergallery.com/MD2007.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/10/AR2007011002207.html

 

  

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MARJA PONKKA-CARPENTER

Visual Arts

BA Education, University of DC and certification in Social Work.
Languages – English and Finnish.

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Ms Ponkka-Carpenter is a visual artist and sculptor. As part of her degree program, she interned at Fillmore with Harriet Lesser, and then joined the Fillmore staff in Fall 1992. As a sculptor and mixed media artist, she exhibits frequently in the Baltimore/Washington area. Her work has been seen at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gallery 10, and at U.D.C. Ms. Ponkka-Carpenter loves to work with children, watching the freedom of expression come through their work. She encourages them to develop and keep the freshness, and to find a rich and colorful world inside and around them. She wants all children to feel good about themselves and their art works.

http://www.washingtonsculptors.org/membergallery/carpenter-2/

http://www.sculpture.org/ISC_exhibitions/2003_prospect_winners.shtml

 

  

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FARLEY I. SALAZAR 

Business Manager

BA Economics, Banking & Finance, Central University, Ecuador
Certifications in IT, Georgetown University, Montgomery College
Microsoft Office User Specialist.

Languages – English and Spanish.

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Mr. Salazar has experience as a Business Manager and Administrative Assistant, and has been with DCPS since 2000, most recently at Roosevelt S.T.A.Y., H.S., and as an English-Spanish interpreter / translator in DCPS O.B.E. (Office of Bilingual Education). Mr. Salazar, also, has experience in accounting and auditing, and brings a rich and diverse set of skills from his work in Ecuador, South America.

 

  

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SALLY TSOU

Visual Arts

BA, Studio Art, American University
MA, George Washington University
Languages – English, Chinese.

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Ms Tsou is a visual artist who has shown in art exhibitions and art fairs nationally and internationally and has won many awards. She has been teaching visual art for more than 10 years in high school, middle school and at Fillmore Arts Center. Tsou also provides art and short story writing classes at her own Washington DC studio. In addition to being a skilled visual artist, she is an experienced performing musician.

http://www.artimpactusa.org/sally-tsou.html

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2016-01/22/content_23199281.htm

http://sallysgreatart.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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