To learn more about a specific class in the PCCS fine arts program, click on the teacher’s name to view their webpages.
Mr. Freeman has been teaching art to children, youth, and adults for many years. He graduated from Gaston College with an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Degree. He, also, earned a BS Degree in Art Education and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Art from East Carolina University. You will be able to see elementary art at the annual art festival.
Emily Westbrook teaches using the Quaver Music Curriculum in conjunction with the Core Knowledge Curriculum expectations. The Quaver curriculum is aligned to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS). This program is a fun and interactive program that incorporates multiple levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, and brings technology into the music classroom exposing our students to 21st century learning.
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Angela Paul is the 6th-12th grade Dance Educator at PCCS, and it is her dream job! She started dancing in 1992 and decided she wanted to be a dance teacher in the 8th grade. She has taught and choreographed ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, acrobatics, hip-hop and swing in dance studios, middle and high schools, and summer camps all over Florida. Mrs. Paul has a B.A. in English with a minor in Dance from the University of South Florida, and a Graduate Certificate in K-12 Dance Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The dance program at PCCS uses movement to help students better understand academic concepts as well as the world around them through kinesthetic experiences.
Alyson Hall pulls on deep knowledge teaching art from almost 30 years of experience. She retired from teaching at South Point High School only to learn that PCCS needed a high school art teacher. Alyson Hall has quickly settled into teaching art at the secondary campus. Check out her webpage to see her featured student artist of the week.
Mr. Cole and Mr. Dunlevy are our band instructors. Mr. Cole shares, “Music is my passion. I enjoy the students and the administrative support at PCCS. My students are hard workers. I’m proud of the tradition of excellence we’ve achieved at PCCS.” Mr. Cole was inducted into the NC Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2011. Mr. Joey Dunlevy brings 25 years experience to Piedmont as a music instructor.
John White, having played for 33 years, is going into his 6th year at PCCS. He has been teaching for 20 years. His classroom has twenty guitars for the students to use in class and take home for practice. His classes perform a guitar recital at the end of the year as well as special events like Earth Day at the Schiele Museum. The PCCS guitar program offers multiple levels of teaching depending on experience. The first level is for students that have never picked up a guitar. Students learn the tuning, basic chords and the notes on the neck. Then they graduate to some songs that have the chords they have been practicing. The more advanced levels learn what the guitar can do.
Renee Painter has been in music for over 30 years. She shares, “I am very excited to be at Piedmont Charter as a part of the wonderful fine arts program. I especially love choral music and am happy to have the opportunity to share my gifts with the students. There is an eagerness to learn different styles of singing and I’m honored that I can open those doors for the chorus students.”
Tiffany Perry has been trained to teach musical theater and dance. Teaching Theater Arts in the public school system for eight years, Mrs. Perry has also served our community as Gaston School of the Arts Executive Director for two years and started their popular “Taste of the Arts” program. She has performed professionally in Kernersville, Winston Salem, Boone, and her hometown at the Little Theater.
Amy Bearden started teaching at PCCS in the Fall of 2005. As a graphic designer and mural artist she has great working knowledge of art applied to various industries. She shares, “My favorite part about teaching is that light in the eyes of students who have create ideas for their artwork. My favorite thing about PCCS is the family atmosphere. I work with the best people in the world.”