TRANSFORMING TEACHING & LEARNING
Meet Our Teaching Artists
Every day CCE Teaching Artists are in classrooms fulfilling our mission of “Transforming teaching and learning through creativity and the arts..”
CCE teams with local, professional Teaching Artists to implement its programming in-house, and in schools and afterschool sites throughout Palm Beach County. Our dedicated, talented artists work in classrooms from West Palm to Belle Glade and from Boca Raton to Jupiter.
Our Teaching Artists are partners to the educators we collaborate with and mentors and role models to the students we serve. Their mission is to help children gain a new perspective and develop skills by exploring their own creativity in a variety of artistic media.
CCE artists have extensive expertise in their respective fields and are developed and monitored by our staff to ensure quality teaching standards. Their skills range from theater to puppetry, dance, cartooning, painting, music, video production and so much more!
CCE Teaching Artist since 2015 Education, Training & Certifications: Pursuing M.S. General Psychology – Capella University, Minneapolis, MN B.A. Psychology – South University, Royal Palm Beach, FL Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Certificate – Palouse Mindfulness, Moscow, ID Instructor Certificate – Invention & Creativity Through the Arts, Trinidad, West Indies A.A. Fine Art – Miami Dade College, Miami, FL Art Expertise Areas: Visual Art (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Calligraphy) Professional Memberships: Pi Gamma Mu – International Honor Society in Social Sciences Artists of Palm Beach County
CCE Teaching Artist since 1994 Education, Training & Certifications: Langeley School, Bilingual Justice School of Ballet B. Ferrari – Buenos Aires, Argentina Business High School – Buenos Aires, Argentina Ecole International De Mime Marcel Marceau – Paris, France Tizoc School of Dance – Mexico City, Mexico Language: Spanish, English, French, Italian Arts Integration Consultant/Teacher-Trainer Art Expertise Areas: Mime Dance Theater Costuming Puppetry Awards & Recognitions: Silver Medal, Academie Des Arts, Sciences et Lettres – Paris, France Ralph Hamilton Award, 2005 Ralph Hamilton Award, 2000
CCE Teaching Artist since 2005 Education, Training & Certifications: B.A., Art Education, Buffalo State College – Buffalo, NY Graphic Design Degree, Community College of Finger Lakes CADRE Teaching Certification, Center for Creative Education Art Expertise Areas: Visual Arts Oil & Acrylic Painting Illustration Muralist Printmaking
CCE Teaching Artist since 2010 Education, Training & Certifications: Quilting Training, Palm Beach County Quilters’ Guild Quilting Training, Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida Art Expertise Areas: Quilt Design & Construction Stamped & Counted Cross Stitching Embroidery Needlepoint Trupunto Candle wicking Lace Net Darning Crochet Writing & Poetry Voice & Public Speaking
Kim Cozort Kay
A multi-award-winning actress, Kim is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Screen Actors’ Guild. Kim has bachelor and master degrees in music education with a concentration in vocal performance. She has shared the stage with Broadway veterans Charles Nelson Reilly, Hal Holbrook, and Richard Kind. As Education Director at the award-winning Blowing Rock Stage Company, she produced productions of "High School Musical", and the tours of "Sleepwalk" and "Bang, Bang, You're Dead." Credits also include music direction: Bak Middle School, Maltz Conservatory and Kravis' Disney in Schools Program. Her work at the Maltz garnered her an Active GEAR-UP teaching award. Kim resides in Jupiter with her husband, actor/director/teacher Kenneth Kay. Kim and her husband Ken formed their own production company (Kay-Squared Productions) in anticipation of the world premiere of her one-woman show, Silver Shadows; Dark Side of the Mountain.
CCE Teaching Artist since 2017 Education, Training & Certifications: AA fine arts Harford Community College 2 years Resident artist Mountain Christian private school. Develop fine art curriculum and after school art club. Art Expertise Areas: Drawing Painting Sculpture Figure model
Ronni Gerstel had been the site coordinator at Lantana Elementary, and also oversaw the LEAPs in Kindergarten at Barton Elementary. Ronni graduated Ithaca College with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. However, in her senior year she focused on doing an Independent Study in Art Therapy, changing the course of her career path . Ronni is an original LEAP artist who has been involved in shaping the program since its pilot in 1995. With a focus on puppetry arts and classroom “museums”, she has received numerous awards for “Best Collaboration” over the years. Her LEAPs have been featured in the documentary “Project LEAP : Learning Out Loud” by NY filmmaker Emma Joan Morris, and in several stories by the Education Network, Palm Beach County School District’s television station. Outside of CCE, Ronni is the lead designer for the South Florida Day of the Dead processional for the past nine years. She also tours her original educational puppet production, Tales of Togetherness, which was commissioned by the Holocaust Studies Department of the Palm Beach School District, to teach First graders about tolerance.
CCE Teaching Artist since 2009 Education, Training & Certifications: Master’s Degree, Elementary Education – Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL B.A. Psychology – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Extensive international travel, cultural immersion Art Expertise Areas: World Percussion Awards & Recognition: Merck Excellence in Teaching Award – Palm Beach Day Academy, 2008 Community Service Award – Baha’l of Lake Worth Artist of the Year – Caring Foundation, 2002 Professional Memberships: Millagro Art Center, 2001-present Palm Beach Youth Orchestra, 2001-present Autism Society of the Palm Beaches, 2001-2002 Very Special Arts of Florida, 1998-present Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, 1993-present
Education, Training & Certifications: BA in Theatre Arts from Palm Beach Atlantic University MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro Art Expertise Areas: Dance Acting Singing Choreography Musical Theater Awards & Recognitions: Received four different contracts with the Broadway company of Cats, until the show’s historic closing where she played the role of “Tantomile”.
CCE Teaching Artist since 2018 Education, Training & Certifications: Ohio University, Athens, OH – Degree: Masters of Photography Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA University of Missouri, Columbia, MO – Degree: Bachelor of Journalism Florida Teaching Certificate in Art k-12th Grades Art Expertise Areas: Visual Documentary Photographer Painting Sculpture Sewing Language Arts Dance & Music Awards & Recognitions: 2013-2014 Crayloa Foundation Grant Sacred August 2009 – Building Learning Communities through Art and Culture grant funded by National Endowment for the Arts and PB Cultural Council. Selected as one of four CCE artists to design arts integration unit for middle school students. May 2009 – CCE Outstanding Achievement Cadre “Rites of Passage Celebration” West Riviera Elementary Beacon, Riviera Beach, Fl. May 2008 – CCE The 2008 Ralph Hamilton Award Honorable Mention for a Leap Project “The Life Cycle of a Butterfly”, Potentials South, Boca Raton, Fl. May 2001 – First Place Feature, The National Press Photographers “Best of Photojournalism” “Sekelela, Zambia’s Orphans”, The Palm Beach Post November 2000 – National Association of Opinion Page Editors, “Best Theme Page” “Growing Up Behind Bars.” The Palm Beach Post June 1999 – Public Service Medal of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, “No More Secrets fort the Secret People”, The Palm Beach Post March 1995 – Sunshine Award, “Two Hurting Children, No Good Choices”, Florida Society of Professional Journalists. The Palm Beach Post May 1995 – The Paul Myhre Award, “Two Hurting Children, No Good Choices”, Penney-Missouri Journalism, The Palm Beach Post January 1992 – Pulitzer Finalist for Hurricane Andrew spot news coverage by The Palm Beach Post staff December 1992 – “Best Use of Pictures” Jean Hart Howard, Photo Editor, The Palm Beach Post. Editing division for Newspapers, The University of Missouri School of Journalism October 1992 – A$15,000 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant to photograph “The Street Children of Haiti.”. Exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts, Miami, Fl December 1990 – “The Women of Nicaragua,” Ohio University Master’s thesis in photojournalism, Siegfred Hall, Athens, Ohio September 1989 – Ohio University fellowship and full tuition scholarship Professional Memberships: Who’s Who of American Women; National Newspaper Professional Association EFM Education for Ministry University of the South, Sewanee graduate and mentor–from 2013 to the present
CCE Teaching Artist since 2006 Education, Training & Certifications: Coursework at: Convenant School of the Arts Palm Beach State College Armory Arts Center Lighthouse Center for the Arts Art Expertise Areas: Visual Arts Professional Memberships: Jupiter Artists Association Lighthouse Center for the Arts
CCE Teaching Artist since 2018 Education, Training & Certifications: Palm Beach College Teachers K-12th Certification program Bachelors in Painting, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Bachelors in Sculpture, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Certification in Color Consulting, International Association of Color Consultants and Designers, San Diego, CA Mastery of Color Certification, Joanne Day Studios, Oakland, CA Art Expertise Areas: Painting – oils, watercolors, acrylics Sculpture – clay, concrete, foundry, plant materials Color Theory – Psychology Cross curriculum – arts and academics Usages of Art as a problem solver Awards & Recognitions: Artist Residency, Civitella, Italy, 2015 ASU Academic Honors, 2015 The Special Talent Scholarship Award, ASU, 2013 New Scholar Scholarship Award, ASU, 2012 Outstanding Academic and Art Achievements Award, Yavapai College, 2012 Recipient of Merit Art Scholarship, Yavapai College, Prescott AZ, 2009 Professional Memberships: Cultural Council of the Palm Beach County
CCE Teaching Artist since 1998 Education, Training & Certifications: B.A., Advertising Design, Palm Beach State College Art Expertise Areas: Comic Book Cartooning Magazine & Book Layout Design Mural Design Music Guitar Instruction Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Professional Memberships: Member, ASCAP
CCE Teaching Artist since 2016 Education, Training & Certifications: Professional Assistant Teacher at ABC Montessori School, Lantana After school counselor at ABC Montessori School, Lantana 35 years professional practice in all phases of local agriculture including; Farming Nursery Landscape Tree work Annuals Perennials Salt tolerant gardens Indoor gardens Garden design Art Expertise Areas: Local agriculture practices Gardening
CCE Teaching Artist Education, Training & Certifications: BFA Kansas City Art Institute Internship: Kansas City Star Art Expertise Areas: LEAP Instructor Fine Artist Muralist Acrylics Pastels Sculpture Body Painter Special Effects Makeup
CCE Teaching Artist 1996-2013, 2017 – Present Education, Training & Certifications: Florida Atlantic University, Bachelor of Fine Arts Palm Beach Atlantic University, Masters in Leadership Art Expertise Areas: Painting Photography Architecture 3D Mixed Media Awards & Recognitions: Neighborhood Artist in Residence Program, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Quantum Foundation, Neighborhood Health Initiative Mural Program Special Interests: Human Trafficking Outreach for Prevention and Restoration
CCE Teaching Artist since 2020 Education: University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dramatic Performance Carnegie-Mellon University, College of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, PA • Studies in Acting Private Classes in Painting and Drawing, Multiple Locations Matthew is an actor, director, and fight choreographer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, He has been in over 200 theatrical performances, directed and/or choreographed dozens of shows, and taught acting, theatre movement, stage combat, drawing, painting, and visual arts and crafts to all age groups ranging from preschool to senior citizens. As a theatre and visual arts teacher for over twenty years, Matthew has worked in public and private in-school, after-school, and independent programs in Cincinnati, Omaha, Greenville, and across Palm Beach County. As a private acting coach, Matthew has had students accepted at Julliard, Carnegie-Mellon, The University of Cincinnati, Boston University and a number of other premier acting programs. With a love of the Arts in all forms, Matthew finds special joy in working with children to help them discover their own talents and means of expression.
CCE Teaching Artist since 2017 Education & Certifications: Bachelor in Graphic Design – University of Fine Arts of Sao Paulo Technical Training in Graphic Arts – SENAI Art Expertise Areas: Drawing – Pencil and Charcoal Acrylics Mixed Media Illustration Sculpture Fine Art Body Painting Special FX Makeup Seashell Flower Making Scare Acting
Tracy Rosof-Petersen has been the site coordinator for CCE’s Arts for Literacy Program at Barton Elementary for first through third grades. She has worked with CCE as a Teaching Artist in curriculum-based in- and out-of-school programming more than two decades. Using clay as her medium, Tracy is an accomplished public artist who has created site specific architectural and sculptural tile murals throughout Palm Beach County. She is rooted in her community with many collaborative arts partnerships created with other artists, cooperative galleries and nonprofit organizations. Tracy continues to work from her home-based EarthArtists Clay studio, collaborating on public art projects and creating architectural and functional commissions.
Summary: Florida Art Education Association’s Outstanding Elementary Art Teacher Of the Year 2008 – 2009 Dedicated art instructor with intensive experience in arts and academic integration. Served as Art Team Leader, Department Chair, and Magnet Coordinator of U.B. Kinsey El. School of the Arts, West Palm Beach Fl. Practicing mixed media artist with Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, capable of teaching 2D and 3D design fundamentals, advanced studio classes, arts integration classes, and art history. Developed extensive studio preparation classes for students applying to Bak Middle School of the Arts. Experienced in grades K- College · Presented Workshops at the F.A.E.A. Conventions from Miami to Jacksonville · Led Fine Arts Team of 10 teachers in Performing and Visual Arts Curriculum · Consistently received top awards for student work throughout community · Exhibited extensive student displays at Norton Museum and Eg2 Gallery · Served on Adoption Committee and presented curriculum writing workshops for use of new Scott Foresman art textbooks and materials · Wrote arts integration curriculum in partnership with the Norton Museum · Requested & Received Grants from Donors Choose for classroom materials · Twenty years of experience in Award Winning Magnet School, 35 years combined work in both private and public school systems. · Published and designed own webpage/adept at social media Teaching Experience: U.B.Kinsey Elementary School of the Arts 1995-present West Palm Beach Visual Arts Teacher Magnet Coordinator 2000-2001 New England Technical Institute/Florida Culinary School 2003-summer West Palm Beach Art Appreciation Instructor St. Ann School 1982-1995 West Palm Beach, Art/Drama Education and Highlights: Bachelor of Fine Arts Florida Atlantic University 1977 Certified K-12 Florida Department of Education 1986 Norton Museum Partnership& Curriculum Writing 2004-2006 F.A.E.A. Conference Workshop Presenter 2005-2007 P.B.C.A.T.A. Member & Past Treasurer 2006 F.A.E.A. Teacher of the Year 2008-2009 Lighthouse Center for the Arts 2011-present Member and Faculty Norton Museum, Educational Committee 2015 Color of Women Graduate, Intentional Creativity Certification 2019 Selected Group Exhibitions: 2013 ART OF ASSOCIATION, LIGHTHOUSE ART CENTER, TEQUESTA FL. 2013 SPOTLIGHT ON NEW TALENT, LIGHTHOUSE ART CENTER, TEQUESTA FL. 2014 ARMORY ART CENTER, PBCATA, WEST PALM BEACH FL. 2015 ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING, LIGHTHOUSE ART CENTER 2015 CONTINUUM, WEST PALM BEACH FL. 2016 PBCATA FACULTY SHOW, BOYNTON BEACH LIBRARY 2016 SUMMER IN THE GARDENS, PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE GALLERY 2017 MARK MY WORDS, CULTURAL COUNCIL OF PALM BEACH, LAKE WORTH FL. 2017 CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION, PBCATA, SUMMER, WEST PALM BEACH 2018 COMMON GROUND, PBSC GALLERY, PALM BEACH GARDENS FL Awards & Publications: “TWO TOWERS”, HONORABLE MENTION, LIGHTHOUSE ART CENTER “PURGATORY “ THIRD PLACE, ART OF ASSOCIATION, LIGHTHOUSE ART CENTER “SHOPAHOLIC” SPECIAL RECOGNITION, ALL WOMEN ART COMPETITION “SHOPAHOLIC” included in book “FUNDAMENTALLY FEMALE”, 2012 PALM BEACH POST article, “Art Teachers Keep Their Muses Fresh” 2016 PALM BEACH POST article, “3 TO SEE” featured my ‘Wild Rose’ painting and exhibit 2017 ART TALK : Featured artist on You Tube interviewed by Blackburn Galleries and GWW Boynton Beach Art in Public Places: 2020 Covid19 online Exhibit April 2020 Partnerships: KRAVIS CENTER/BROADWAY REACH PROGRAM : Participating art teacher for past five years. Teaches arts integration lessons by producing large scale display that reflects themes of the performance to be shared in lobby of KRAVIS center during show run. Students get to attend as culminating event. Shows : Cinderella, War Horse, Blue Man Group, Phantom, and King and I FAMILIES FIRST OF PALM BEACH COUNTY: 10 years Annual luncheon art event features our student artists in live exhibit of their work, as part of their main yearly event and silent auction.
CCE Teaching Artist Education, Training & Certifications: University of Miami, Miami, FL - Degree: Bachelor in Business Administration - Class December 1998; William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL - Degree: Associate in Visual Arts; Art Institute of Chicago, IL (Scholarship awarded while in High School). Art Educator - 2017 to present: Haydee Ullfig Art Studio, Royal Palm Beach, FL (offering BAK Visual Arts Audition Prep. classes); 2016 to present: Center for Creative Education, West Palm Beach, FL; 2015 to 2016: Bootz Cultural Arts Center, Royal Palm Beach, FL; 2008 to 2009 Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL. Artistic Community Involvement and Volunteering: 2009 - Breast Cancer Foundation, West Palm Beach, FL. 2010 to 2012: Hobe Sound Mural Project, Hobe Sound, FL - Volunteer mural Artist. 2012- Community enhancement For Art D’Art, Lighthouse Art Center, Jupiter, FL. 2014 - Art in the Alley 4, Delray Beach, FL – Volunteer artist for Alley Rejuvenation Project. 2014 - Go Figure, Lighthouse Art Center, Jupiter, FL. 2014 - ArtyBras, Lighthouse Art Center, Jupiter, FL. 2014- Pine Grove Elementary School: Twelve-artist collaboration murals. 2015 - High Water Line, Delray Beach 2015 – Artistic collaboration. 2016 - HeArt in The Alley, Delray Beach, 2016 - 2017 - Arti Gras in The Alley, Delray Beach, FL 2017 - Breast Strokes Project, Delray Beach, FL. 2017- Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Wellington, FL: Mural Art.
CCE Teaching Artist since 2002 Education, Training & Certifications: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership – American College of Education, 12/1/2016 M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – American College of Education, 9/3/2013 B.A., Arts Education, University of Minas Gerais – Brazil, 2008 Certified Teacher, Art K-12th grades – State of Florida Certified Teacher, K-6th grades – State of Florida Certified Reading Teacher, K-12th grades – State of Florida Certified Special Education Teacher, K-12th grades – State of Florida Certified Educational Leadership All Levels – State of Florida Art Expertise Areas: Drawing Painting Origami Clay Sculpture Crafts Awards & Recognitions: Recipient `First Place Cartoon Strip’ –State of Florida College, 2001 Recipient `Best Cartoon Strip’ –Palm Beach State College, 2000 Professional Memberships: American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese