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Samantha Quesenberry. Applicant for the position of Montgomery County Public Schools Fine Arts Supervisor. Shinichi suzuki :. “Art exists for the human species. I think that all of the people who love art, who teach art, and all of you should burn with the obligation to save the world.” - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Samantha Quesenberry

SamanthaQuesenberryApplicant for the position of Montgomery County Public Schools Fine Arts SupervisorShinichi suzuki:Art exists for the human species. I think that all of the people who love art, who teach art, and all of you should burn with the obligation to save the world.

It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit.Musicians have theirinstruments of choice;artists have their preferences of mediums.My true passion is the art of education. I am an Arts Educator.

Employment history summaryMontgomery County Public Schools:

Present Position: Music Specialist, Grades K-51996-PresentTeach music classes for grades K-5 in two schoolsProduce music programs several times a year

Previous Position:Choral Director, Blacksburg Middle School1989-1996Taught choral music grades 6-8Produced and directed a yearly musical

Tunes For TotsBlacksburg, VirginiaPrivate music classes for ages birth through fiveSummer Sessions, 1996-PresentDesign and teach a summer curriculum for multi-level age groups

Private Voice Lessons1996-2006Specialized in audition preparation

Previous and Additional Employment:

SynerVision Leadership FoundationExecutive Director2010-2011Took a years leave of absence from teaching to help start this foundationWorked with churches and nonprofit organizations to help develop their leadership skillsWorked to secure funding, maintain the website, obtain nonprofit status, develop vision and mission statements,and create a business planHelped develop three online leadership courses

Church Music

Present Position:Blacksburg Presbyterian ChurchChildrens Music DirectorJanuary 2011-PresentPlan for and rehearse two choirs weekly

Previous Position:One In The Spirit, Blacksburg, Virginia Ecumenical Group of 12 ChurchesExecutive Director2008-2009Led the development of vision and mission statements and long-range planning goalsOversaw all aspects of project implementation and budgetsWrote and dispersed weekly and monthly communications with all churchesLed the development, planning, and implementation of ecumenical activities such as a Good Friday service and Social Justice Prayer WalksChurch Music, contLuther Memorial Lutheran Church, Blacksburg, VirginiaDirector of Ecumenical Worship Renewal Grant2006-2008Oversaw all aspects of grant implementation and funds Headed a task force of representatives from six area churchesHeaded the task force from Luther Memorial on worship renewalPlanned and implemented an ecumenical worship service for 4,000 people in response to the Virginia Tech April 16th Tragedy withThe Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo as the featured speakerLuther Memorial Lutheran Church, Blacksburg, VirginiaWorship Leader, Alive! in Christ2000-2006Oversaw all aspects of ministryDesigned and led weekly worship serviceOversaw all aspects of the worship team

Auburn United Methodist Church, Riner, VirginiaChoral Director1985-1992Oversaw all aspects of the choral ministryLed childrens music activities

National Board CertifiedI received my National Board Certification from theNational Board of Professional Teaching Standards in 2004

My certification is in Early and Middle Childhood Music

Following that period I spent six years co-leading a mentoring programfor other teachers engaged in the process, both music and non-music in Montgomery County

educationMaster of Science, 2013Radford UniversityEducational Leadership

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, 1989Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VirginiaMajor: MusicConcentration: Vocal Music Education

CertificationVirginia Department of EducationPreK-12 Administration and Supervision

National Board Certification, 2004National Board for Professional Teaching StandardsEarly and Middle Childhood MusicVirginia Department of EducationMusic PreK-12Vocal and Instrumental

Volunteer positionsParent Advisory BoardCommunity Childrens Chorus, Division of the Blacksburg Master Chorale2006-2008Childrens Music DirectorLuther Memorial Lutheran Church2000-2007Couples Group LeaderLuther Memorial Lutheran Church2005-2007Summer Musical EnterpriseBoard of Directors, 1997-2001

HaeBo Theatrical ProductionsBoard of Directors, 2006-Present

Vocal and/or Musical Director/Actress 1997-presentSummer Musical EnterpriseTriSoul ProuductionsHaebo ProductionsNew River StageProductions include: Cinderella, The House at Pooh Corner, Steel Magnolias, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Monky Business, Tom Sawyer, Oliver, Godspell, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz

GrantsCalvin Worship Renewal InstituteSpecial Blacksburg Grant, $5,000Calvin Worship Renewal Institute, 2006-2007Worship Renewal Project, $20,000Whats On Stage Grants:Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant, Fall 2010Blacksburg Master Gardeners Association, Fall 2010Verbrugge Family Fund, 2010-2011Community Foundation of the New River Valley, Fall 2003-2011Fall and Spring Grant Cycles-16 grants awardedSTAR, Montgomery County Public Schools, 2001-2008Six grants awardedVERB: Play Without Borders, 2005Virginia Commission for the Arts, Teacher Incentive Grant, 2004Virginia Education Association Mini-Grant, 2004National Education Association, Innovation Grant 2002Virginia Commission of the Arts, Teacher Incentive Grant, 2001Artist-In-Residence: Joe ShannonNew River Valley Friends of the Symphony, 1999Artist-In-Residence Program

Awards and publicationsTeacher as Researcher, 2006Phi Delta Kappa FraternityNational Collegiate Music Award, 1986

Worship in Terrible Times in Reformed Worship MagazineJune 2008Stars of Stage and Screen in Virginia Journal of Education, December 2005Strange But True Choir Stories in VocalEase, January 1997

Whats On stageFounder and Director, Whats On StageAfterschool Arts Program for At-Risk StudentsHarding Avenue Elementary School, Blacksburg, Virginia2001-present

Secure all grants and donations to fund the program

Design the theme and curriculum for each year

Manage all communication with sponsors, donors, parents, school administration, and arts providers

Lead all weekly sessions

Plan, implement, and supervise all field trips

Whats On stage

Whats On stage

Community connectionsI was in the first Kindergarten class at Riner Elementary School.I attended school in the Auburn strand until my family moved when I was a junior in high school. The current Fine Arts Supervisor was my band director!I did my student aiding in the Shawsville/Elliston strand with a teacher who is currently the BMS choral director.I student taught in the Christiansburg strand. One placement was with a teacher who still teaches at CES.I have taught in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg strands for 21 years.Through my church work, community theatre work, Whats OnStage and many other activities, I have a wide base of community contacts.

20Multiple disciplines/LevelsI have taught middle and elementary school and done workshops and directed musical theatre at the high school level andabove.Although my time has been spent as a music teacher, I have collaborated with the art teachers in all my positions in order to do interdisciplinary units, Fine Arts Festivals andother joint activities.My work with Whats On Stage has given me the opportunity to be more involved and hands-on with art projects and art staff than the average music teacher.I have extensive work with drama and musical theatre.My standardsI have a vision for the future of Fine Arts in Montgomery County that builds on our tremendous success thus far. (ISLLC Standard 1)I am committed to viewing all decisions through the lens ofstudent learning and am committed to supporting my staffin meaningful professional growth. (ISLLC Standard 2)I am a highly organized individual who is accustomed to managingmany tasks and activities. (ISLLC Standard 3)I have many established community contacts and have collaboratedwith the school and larger community for many years. I am able gather and organize resources and have worked with a verydiverse population in my teaching assignments and WhatsOn Stage. (ISLLC Standard 4)I have and will always attempt to act in an ethical manner with fairness and integrity in both my personal and professional life. (ISLLC Standard 5)I understand that one school, one school district, and even one community cannot be the whole of our focus. As educators we must be active in the community in any way that will help us tobetter serve our students. (ISLLC Standard 6) My Standards are a description of how I embody the ISLLC Stands which are as follows:Standard 1: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community. Standard 2: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. Standard 3: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment. Standard 4: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources. Standard 5: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.Standard 6: A school administrator is an educational lea