Some 25 arts educators from West Virginia and three other states are attending the Summer Institute for Teacher Education for the Arts, which wraps up Friday (June 23) at West Virginia Universitys Creative Arts Center.

The program is designed to improve and enhance K-12 instruction of the performing and visual arts in public and private schools in the region. Teachers attending the institute are learning fresh teaching strategies and renewing current teaching methods. They work on individual goals in their areas of concentration, including art, theater and music.

Workshop leaders include faculty members from the WVU College of Creative Arts, nationally recognized arts educators, and professional artists, musicians and actors.

The program is made possible by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Other partners include the Community Foundation of Fayette County, Pa.; selected arts teachers currently practicing in K-12 education; and the departments of education in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Teachers attending the institute, along with their hometowns (by county) and areas of expertise:

West Virginia

Barbour: Janet Woodard, Philippi, visual arts; Gilmer: Tamyra Cundiff, Glenville, visual arts; Harrison: Lisa Reese, Spelter, music; Pamela Walling, Bridgeport, music; Kanawha: Sara Cooney, Charleston, music; Joshua Fix, South Charleston, theater; Nancy Williams, Elkview, visual arts; Lincoln: John Barton, West Hamlin, theater; Marion: Carol Roskos, Fairmont, music; Monongalia: Sandra Cress, Morgantown, visual arts; Heidi Dunkle, Morgantown, music; Debra Hart, Morgantown, visual arts; Lindsey Waldkirch, Morgantown, music; Ohio: Ellen Culler, Wheeling, visual arts; Lee Cunningham, Wheeling, music; Ruth Keim, Glen Dale, visual arts;  Preston: Julia Moorehead, Kingwood, music; Laura Richards, Albright, music; Tucker: Mary Waters, Davis, visual arts; Wyoming: Pamela Bailey, Pineville, music.


Allegheny: Martina Vasil, Pittsburgh, music; Greene: Rebecca Terry, Waynesburg, music; Josephine Karg, Aleppo, music.


Washington: Sarah Brady, Hagerstown, music.


Volusia: Jennifer Dunkle, Deltona, visual arts.