APS News Release

Twenty-One Arlington Teachers Recognized by Kennedy Center

Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA)The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts awarded 21 Arlington teachers Certificates of Study for their participation in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program.

In order to receive a Certificate of Study, teachers participate in a minimum of 21 hours of professional learning through the CETA program in order to explore ways to bring the arts into their classroom. In addition, they develop and submit documentation that shows evidence of the impact of the arts on student learning.

The 21 teachers who received the certificate are:

Abingdon Elementary School – Kimberlee Ann Gorecki, Nicole Jondahl, and Toni Svonavec

Arlington Traditional School – Miriam Capellan, Brittany Gonzalez, Sarah McReynolds, Amber Mollet and Veronica Perez Perea

Drew Model School – Elvira Arnal, Gwenda Atkinson, Martha Azero, and Amie Flowers Shakespeare

Kenmore Middle School – Jennifer Hesla

Long Branch Elementary School – Lee Ayoub, Julie Bato, Rebecca Kallem, Tara Mitchell, Dina Donnelly Yauger and Gwenn Zaberer

McKinley Elementary School – Kristen Walleck

Henry Elementary School – Karen Alexis Gordon BastowThe 21 APS teachers will join 64 educators in receiving the award at a ceremony on Fri, April 20 at the Kennedy Center.