James AllenMusic Instructor High School
James Allen has a B.A. in music performance and a diploma of education. He joined the faculty in 1999 as a guitar specialist and also teaches jazz/rock theory, improvisation and history and styles. In addition to teaching at the arts high school, he is on the guitar faculty at MacPhail Center for Music. Allen has previously taught at a number of high schools and colleges in Minnesota and Australia. He has performed as a professional musician throughout the Twin Cities and the Midwest for the last 18 years both as a solo artist, a member of a number of bands and as a freelance musician. He is featured on several recordings, including a duo album with local jazz singer Vicky Mountain.
Joćo BichinhoSocial Studies Instructor High School
Social Studies Instructor
João Bichinho received a B.A. in history from New England College, New Hampshire and an M.A. in teaching from Mankato State University. He has taught at Perpich since 1992. He previously taught at the American International School in Lisbon, Portugal; Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, and - while on leave in 2008-09 - at Quest Academy (a charter school) in St. Louis Park. He is originally from Mozambique, and has also lived in South Africa, Portugal and England.
Rebecca BullenChair of Media Arts Instruction High School
Chair of Media Arts Instruction
High Schoolrebecca.email@example.comRebecca Bullen has worked with the Perpich Center for Arts Education since 2009. Her position has included media arts teacher, education specialist and during the 2013/14 school year she worked with Crosswinds Arts and Science School to develop its visual and media arts program.Bullen has presented at local and national conferences including Arts Educators of Minnesota, TIES, the Religious Educators Association and most recently, a media literacy session at the 2014 National Arts Educators Conference. In 2012 she received the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art Award and in 2013 she traveled to New York with one of her media arts students to celebrate her gold key Scholastic Arts Award at Carnegie Hall.Prior to joining the Perpich faculty, Bullen worked with the non-profit organization TVbyGIRLS as associate director, youth program co-director, producer and instructor. Her job included writing media arts curriculum, teaching and designing workshops for a diverse community of youth.Bullen has a BFA in media arts and interactive design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and more than 15 years of experience in film and media production. Her roles have included producer at Twin Cities Public Television, associate producer for numerous nationally recognized independent documentary features and local commercial work.
Tom CarlsonEnglish Instructor High School
Tom Carlson teaches literature and writing. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in teaching from the University of St. Thomas and has completed coursework toward licensure in secondary administration at St. Mary's University. Carlson received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to participate in a month-long summer institute in Ashland, Oregon, focusing on Teaching Shakespeare through Performance. During the spring of 2012, he was the recipient of an EdMN Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology grant, and has integrated iPads into his classroom instruction. His students have performed on KFAI through the W.A.V.E. program and on the stage at the Walker as part of Teen Art Council's "Bad Art Night."
Kevin ClarkEnglish Instructor High School
Kevin Clark earned a B.A. in German and speech communications from Westmar College and taught English in Francophone West Africa (Chad and Senegal) with the Peace Corps. Upon completion of his foreign service, he attended the University of North Dakota, where he completed graduate coursework in German literature with a minor in French. He helped to create, and currently teaches, a course with the University of Minnesota/College in the Schools program in communications. Clark was a leader for a trip to Berlin and St. Petersburg with the Perpich Arts High School Study Tour class in 2008. He also has led Perpich class trips to China in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He received a Fulbright Award in 2013 to travel to Germany for studies there.
Craig FarmerArt History Instructor High School
Art History Instructor
Craig has been teaching art history at the high school level since 1992. He started his teaching career at the Field School of Washington, DC. He recently participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ "Empires of the Wind" Workshop in San Diego. In the summer of 2015, he received a College Board Scholarship to attend an Advancement Placement Art History Exam Redesign Workshop in Miami. Since 2008 he has been an adjunct instructor in The University of Minnesota’s Curriculum and Instruction Department. Craig holds a B.A. in art history and history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.A. in teaching from the University of St. Thomas. He was the graduation speaker for the classes of 2002, 2011, and 2015.
Bob FreySocial Studies Instructor High School
Social Studies Instructor
Bob Frey began teaching at the arts high school in 2002. Prior to teaching, he worked in the Twin Cities legal community. He has a B.A. in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He completed coursework for his teaching certification at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He's performed in Minneapolis as a singer-songwriter since 1993 and continues to write, play and perform.
Shannon HanniganLiterary Arts Instructor High School
Literary Arts Instructor
Shannon Hannigan has taught literary arts to arts high school juniors since 1994. Prior to this, she worked in publishing and book sales, editing and photo composition. She completed the coursework for an M.A. in liberal studies, creative writing emphasis, at Hamline University, and earned a B.A. in English and secondary education at Macalester College.
Mary HardingDance Instructor & Education Specialist in Dance High School
Dance Instructor & Education Specialist in Dance
Mary Harding has been head of the dance program at the arts high school since 1990. She created the curriculum for the current program and teaches the dance majors as well as elective courses. She has also worked on the Minnesota FACS (Framework for Arts Curriculum) project, the Minnesota Arts Standards and has presented at the Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development conference, Minnesota DAPE conference, national and state AAPHERD conventions and at the Minnesota Dance Educator's Coalition workshops.
In her dance career she has performed professionally with ballet, jazz and modern companies in repertory ranging from Pas de Quatre to works by Bebe Miller. While a member of the Zenon Dance Company, Harding taught master classes and dance residencies in schools across the nation. In addition to her work at the arts high school, she continues to freelance as a choreographer, performer and teacher in the Twin Cities.
She received the SURDNA Arts Teachers Fellowship for 2002 and studied at Bates Dance Festival as a result of this fellowship. The National Dance Association and Sportime named her the National Dance Teacher of the Year for 2002 and she was a featured teacher in the Annenberg Foundation's video series "The Art of Teaching the Arts" which premiered in 2005.
She received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the College of St. Catherine. Her research, "Peer Coaching in the Arts Classroom," received the Sister Ann Harvey Action Research Award in 2008 and was published in the June 2009 edition of Journal of Dance Education. Her article, "Assessment in the High School Technique Class: Creating Thinking Dancers," was published in the September 2012 issue of the Journal of Dance Education.
Trina KellerFrench Instructor High School
Trina Keller came to the arts high school after teaching French at Richfield Senior High and the University of St. Thomas. She has also worked at Gustavus Adolphus College where she taught the language methods classes and supervised student teachers. She has a B.A. in French from St. Olaf and a M.A. in education from Hamline. Keller studied in Aix-en-Provence, France, and has led more than 30 student groups on trips to France.
Rosemary KimballVisual Arts Teacher & Gallery Coordinator High School
Visual Arts Teacher & Gallery Coordinator
Rosemary Kimball, serves as visiting gallery coordinator. She studied studio art, art history and women's studies at the University of Minnesota. She was the gallery director at the College of Visual Arts Gallery for more than six years until it closed in 2013. She is currently a mixed media artist, organic farmer, freelance art curator/exhibition specialist and event planner. She was a collaborator for MN Creates (an exhibition including 28 MN artists hosted at the MN State Capitol and State Office Building during the 2014 legislative session) and guest exhibition coordinator for the Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition at Concordia University Gallery in St. Paul in October 2014. She co-founded Night Owl Farm in January of 2014, an organic vegetable and CSA farm located in North Branch, which serves the Twin Cities. She is currently an advisory panel member and exhibition specialist for Made Here, a storefront art exhibition and public art program sponsored by the Hennepin Theatre Trust in downtown Minneapolis.
Eric NelsonMath Instructor High School
Eric Nelson has been on the arts high school faculty since 2003. He has a degree in math education with a minor in the science of coaching from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Previous to coming to Perpich, he taught four years in Colorado at the high school level, including instruction in the International Baccalaureate program.
Tory PetersonTheater Instructor High School
Tory Peterson has been an instructor at the Perpich Arts High School since 1993. He was a curriculum designer for Perpich's 2000-2001 Frameworks for Arts Curriculum Strategies and EdStar Curriculum Repository. Peterson has led teaching workshops and presented at state and national conferences on classroom collaboration and interdisciplinary curriculum development. He received a B.A. in theater from Moorhead State University and M.A. in theater from Arizona State University. Peterson was recipient of the 2001 Animating Democracy Grant, 2003 SURDNA Foundation Grant and 2007 Gilder Lehrman Teachers Institute.
Brian PickerellScience Instructor High School
Brian Pickerell has a B.A. in chemistry from St. Olaf College. Prior to coming the arts high school, he taught physical science and chemistry to 6th- through 9th-graders at The Academy of Bioscience. In addition to this experience, he has been a reserve teacher in the Hopkins school district and taught honors chemistry at Wayzata High School.
Thane PlantikowSpecial Education Paraprofessional High School
Brenda TantowSpecial Education Instructor High School
Wesley WallaceScience Instructor High School
Wesley Wallace has been on the faculty of the Perpich Center for Arts Education since 2001, teaching physics and environmental science. Wallace has a B.S. degree in chemistry and recently received an M.A. in sustainable development. In addition to 16 years experience as a high school science teacher, Wallace has worked as both an industrial chemist and an environmental chemist. He has recently returned from a professional development leave in London, where he completed his graduate degree and studied a new model of sustainable/urban agriculture being developed by an organic grower's cooperative just outside the city.
Sandra WoodhullVisual Arts Instructor High School
Visual Arts Instructor
Sandra Woodhall provides classes in watercolor, illustration-drawing, advanced drawing, ceramics, jewelry and animation. She taught in the Wayzata and Anoka school districts before coming to Perpich. Woodhull has a B.A. in studio arts from St. Cloud State University and an M.A. in art education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In 2011 she received a grant from the Minnesota Education Association, "Celebrating Our Similarities and Differences in Our Life and Learning Styles" with artist-in-residence Ta-coumba Aiken.