Seven GMSD teachers chosen to participate in the Tennessee Arts Academy this week in Nashville

Germantown, Tennessee--July 9, 2018--Heather Fifer a classroom teacher at Farmington Elementary School, along with Erin Sutton, a visual arts teacher at Riverdale K-8 School have been selected to attend the 2018 Tennessee Arts Academy. The Academy, the nation's premier summer teacher training institute for K–12 arts education, will officially open on July 8, 2018. More than three hundred K-12 public and private school teachers from across the state have been chosen to attend the weeklong session. 
Erin Sutton – Art Riverdale
Katherine Caudle – Vocal Music Riverdale
Brent Hopper – Instrumental Music Riverdale
Marci Drury – Visual Art Dogwood/Farmington
Kell Gary – Theatre Houston High School
Kinsey Moline – Vocal Music Houston High
Heather Fifer – Elementary Theatre Farmington

A program of the Tennessee Department of Education, the Academy has been held annually since 1986 on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. This year the Academy's nationally and internationally renowned instructors come from across the United States. They will teach a diverse range of classes in music, theatre, visual art, and dance as well as special classes in arts leadership, administration and assessment. 

There will be many special moments throughout the week, starting with TAA’s opening performance on July 8 by the genre-defying string trio Time for Three. On Wednesday night, July 11, the most anticipated event of the Bravo! Awards Banquet and Performance will be the presentation of awards to Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award-winning scenic and costume designer Tony Walton (Guys and Dolls, Pippin, Mary Poppins).  Senator Norris will receive the Lamar Alexander Founder’s Award of Distinction and Mr. Walton will receive the TAA Distinguished Service Award. Following the awards ceremony, an inspired performance will be presented by one of Broadway's brightest young stars, Laura Osnes (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bandstand). 

According to a release offered by the TAA, “The Academy's advanced curriculum, cutting-edge methodology and unique philosophical perspective maximize participants' learning experiences. With renewed energy and knowledge, educators trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy are better equipped and motivated to raise achievement standards and effect positive and lasting change for Tennessee students, providing them with the necessary skills to become creative and productive members of our work force and society.” 

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