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Visual Arts Students Selected for Priddy Charitable Trust Fellowships in Arts Leadership 2008-2009




Mary Caldwell (Visual Arts) received her bachelor’s degree in visual arts studies from the University of North Texas in 2003.  Since that time she has been employed by the Dallas Independent School District.  From 2004 – 2006 she was an art teacher at Lancaster Intermediate School and from 2006-2009, she was the art teacher at the Belt Line Elementary School.  She was involved in developing a scope and sequence for the curriculum at both schools and also served as a Myerson Committee member on the writer’s team for the 2007-2008 school year.  With a focus in museum education for her master’s degree, which she is pursuing in conjunction with the Priddy Fellowship, Mary is interested developing her abilities as a teacher, an advocate and arts leader.



Lauren Kolesar-Eatinger holds the B.S.E. degree in Early Childhood Education and the B.F.A. degree in art education from Texas Christian University.  Lauren is pursuing the masters degree in art education while a Priddy Fellow.  Prior to returning to graduate school, she has taught art in elementary school in the Grapevine/Colleyville ISD (201-2002) and the Hurst Euless Bedford ISD (2002-2005) where she was Teacher of the Year in 2004-2005.  Since 2005, she has taught art in grades 9-12 at Central High School in the Keller ISD.  The involvement of her students in activities in the local and state level is a high priority.  Lauren has engaged in a wide variety of professional development experiences and has been active in a variety of community organizations.  She is committed to serving her profession through professional organizations at the local, state and national levels.






Shelly Hye holds the B.F.A. degree in studio art from The University of Texas at Arlington.  She is pursuing the masters degree in art education in conjunction with the Priddy Fellowship.  Since 1994 she has taught art at Northwest High School in the Northwest Independent School District.  Since 2005 she has served as Chair of the Fine Arts Department.  In 2002-2003 she was the Northwest High School Teacher of the year and was recognized as an Outstanding Educator by the Northwest Education Foundation each year from 2001-2006.  Her commitment to her students and their learning is evidenced in the many activities in which her students participate.  Through the Fellowship, Shelly aims to find ways that will enable her to more effectively support the arts in the community.

  Laura Lee McCartney is pursuing the doctoral degree in art education in conjunction with the Priddy Fellowship.  She holds the B.A. degree in art history from Southwestern University and the M.A. in art education from the University of North Texas.  Between 1997-2000, she was the Curator of Education at the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas and Acting Director of the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT in 1999-2000.  Before beginning a teaching career in 2001, she was the Executive Director of the Imagisphere Children’s Museum in North Richland Hills, Texas.  Between 2001 and 2004 Laura Lee taught in the Carroll ISD at the middle and high school levels.  Immediately prior to entering the Fellowship Program she was Director of Kinderplatz Institute for Teacher/Parent Education in Fort Worth.  With a commitment to interdisciplinary work in the arts, Laura Lee is interested in the development of partnerships and collaborations in the arts.

  Rene Muhl holds the B.F.A. degree in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas, the M.S. degree in Human Resource Management from the State University of New York, Binghamton, and the M.S.S. degree in national strategic studies from the Air War College.  Prior to pursuing a career in the US Air Force, Rene taught art in the Hurst/Euless/Bedford ISD and served as an Instructional Media Manger in the Tarrant County Community College District.  Decorated with numerous military awards, Rene returned to graduate school where she is pursuing the M.F.A. degree in sculpture in conjunction with the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership.  An active exhibiting artist, Rene also does commission work.  Through the Priddy Fellowship Rene is bringing together her experience and her interest to become a strong advocate for the arts while continuing to create and teach.




Music Students Selected for Priddy Charitable Trust Fellowships in Arts Leadership 2008-2009

  Bobby “Bo” Clifton holds the B.A. degree in music from Texas A&M University in Commerce and the M.M. degree in trombone performance from UNT.  He is combining his doctoral studies in trombone performance with the Priddy Fellowship.  Since 2006, Bo has performed nationally with the Synergy Brass Quintet.  They have performed and conducted clinics at 25 colleges and universities played at more than 275 public and private schools throughout the United States.  The group has also completed 11 residencies throughout the country and appeared in 4 television and radio shows.  This wide exposure to the music in the schools at all levels has given Bo a unique perspective and confirmed his belief that the arts can be reinvigorated through community involvement.




  Justin Fyala holds the B.S. degree in music education from The Pennsylvania State University and a certificate in Theatre and Educational Policy Studies from the University of Sussex.  He is pursuing a masters degree in music at UNT while a Priddy Fellow.  At Penn State, Justin headed the Opera Theatre Set Crew and was an instructor in voice, world music, and African drumming.  In 2005-2006 he was the Choral/Drama Teacher at the State College Area High School and during 2007-2008 he was a Performing Arts Intern and then the VSA Arts Performing Arts Planner at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  During the summer of 2008, Justin was the Concert Manger for the American Institute for Musical Study in Graz, Austria.  Through the fellowship, Justin hopes to fulfill his need to better the world of arts for all involved, especially those who would not otherwise have the opportunity.   




  Adriana Potoczniak holds the B.M. degree in music performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the John Hopkins University and is pursuing the M.M. degree in performance in conjunction with the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership.  Her musical achievements have been recognized with several awards, including the Texas Music Teacher’s Association Competition, the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition (Finalist), and the American Festival for the Arts Concerto Competition (First Place Winner). While at Peabody she was active it the Creative Access program, a student group that performed for disadvantaged audiences.  She also teaches privately.  While committed to being an accomplished performer, Adriana is also interested in being an educator and a strong advocate for the arts. 





  Christina Rusnak holds the B.B.A. degree in Management from the University of North Texas and is pursuing the M.A. degree in music composition and a minor in art history in conjunction with the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership.  Following graduation from UNT, Christina pursued a 19 year career in management with the J.C. Penny Company where she held various management positions. With a lifelong interest in music, Christina began creating pieces at age nine and by the age of fifteen was regularly performing works at recitals.  With some 45 compositions to her credit, more than 25 have been performed.  She also has three recordings to her credit.  In the future Christina sees herself in a multi-faceted role:  composing, teaching and working with arts organizations.  Through the Priddy Fellowship she will pursue all three.




  Brian Schmidt holds the B.M.E. degree from South Dakota State University and is pursuing a masters degree in music in conjunction with the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership.  With an emphasis in choral conducting, he has served as the Chancel Choir Director of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings, South Dakota; Director of Music Ministries at Gloria Del Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and as Interim Music Director at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin.  He was also the Director and Founder of the Dakota Men’s Ensemble from 2001-2006.  He has several published compositions and commissions to his credit.  Brian’s future plans are to teach and to found a community based after-school conservatory to sponsor ensembles for singers of all ages.  He is committed to being a strong advocate for choral music.   




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