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!

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Marsha Bhagwansingh

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

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Graciela Binaghi

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

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Steve Brouse

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

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Christine Burtch

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

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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.

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Joshua Finch

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

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Ronni Gerstel

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.

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Buckley Griffis

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

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Amy Hamel

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”.

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Jean Howard

Education: University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. – Degree: Bachelor of Journalism ; Ohio University Masters of Photography, Athens, Ohio;  CCE Teaching Artist; Art Instructor Sacred Heart School, Teaching Artist Norton Museum, Teaching Artist Arts4All Florida. Documentary photographer for Mothers Against Murderers Association providing poster portraits for mothers who have  lost a child to gun violence in Palm Beach County. 

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Lupe Lawrence

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

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Lisa MacNamara

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

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Tim Mitchell

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

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Patty Padgett

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

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Mayling Pao

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

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Matthew Pyle

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.

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Tracy Rosof-Petersen

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.

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Rose Shaw

Bachelor Fine Arts, FAU. Certified Intentional Creativity Teacher 2019, CCE teaching Artist, 2019, Awards: Outstanding Art Educator of the Year, Florida Art Education Association, 2008. Fl. State Teacher/Artist Residency program ‘STARs’ 2018, Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE). Juried exhibitions include Cultural Council, Cornell Museum, Palm Beach State College Gallery, and the Lighthouse Art Center, where she won awards for "Two Towers” & “Purgatory". “Shopaholic” selected for publication featuring art of women; “Fundamentally Female.” Her “Wild Rose” featured in media for the CCE’s PBCATA opening. Partnered with Kravis Center Broadway Reach as Teaching Artist for Phantom, King and I, Lion King and others. As a leading Visual Arts Teacher in Palm Beach County she was invited as Workshop Presenter and Curriculum Writer at the Florida Art Education Association State Conferences, and Norton Museum. Specializes in Arts Integration, portfolio prep, and developing personal Expressive Art through Intentional Creativity.

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Haydee Ullfig

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.

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Geraldo Vieira

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