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Visual Arts Students Selected for Priddy Charitable Trust Fellowships in Arts Leadership 2009-2010




Joana Hyatt holds the B.F.A. and the M.Ed. degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma.  She has done additional work in curriculum and instruction at Oklahoma State University.  She will pursue the Ph.D. in art education as a Priddy Fellow.  With more than fifteen years of successful art teaching experience at the elementary and junior high levels in Nevada and Oklahoma, Joana brings a wealth of experience to the Fellowship.  She believes that through learning in art children make connections to all areas of the curriculum.  Joana is also an active artist who exhibits her work extensively and has won numerous awards.  She also conducts workshops for teachers, and has worked with student teachers.  With a strong interest in online learning, Joana plans to build on her experiences and assume a leadership role in this area while pursuing the Priddy Fellowship.



Karen Colbert is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she earned the B.F.A. degree in visual arts studies. After completing her degree she served as the Project / Tour Coordinator at the Women’s Museum in Dallas for a year and since January of 2008 has been an art teacher at the Paul L Dunbar Learning Center in the Dallas Independent School District.  While an undergraduate, Karen served as a Camp Assistant at the Kids Art Camp at the Irving Arts Center, as an instructor in the Young Rembrandts Program, as an Extended Day Leader in the Denton Independent School District and as an Intern Assistant for the Big Though Project in Dallas.  She was also an active member of the student chapter of the National Art Education Association, serving on numerous committees and as President of the organization from January – December 2006. Karen’s leadership and achievements were recognized as the recipient of the Pat and Peggy Howell Student Teaching Scholarship and as a participant in the Dinner on the Lawn with the UNT President for Outstanding Leadership Achievement.  Karen’s goal is to use real world experiences, such as service-learning, to guide young people in discovering their passion for the arts and purpose in life.  She will pursue the masters degree in art education while a Priddy Fellow.






Elizabeth Langdon holds the B.S. degree in art education and the B.F.A. in art from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  For more than 20 years she has taught art at the secondary level, the community college level and in the museum setting.  An artist and an educator, Liz teaches art, develops curriculum, and creates art, working primarily in the area of ceramics.  She has exhibited her creative work extensively and has received several commissions which are installed in commercial settings as well as community environments.  She has also been involved in a number of public art projects.  She is a member of the National Art Education Association,  the National Council on Education in the Ceramics Arts, and the Women’s Caucus for Art of the College Art Association.  Liz is interested in working outside of the comfortable domain of self-supported and public-supported art, to become in development and advocacy.  She is pursuing the doctorate in art education while a Priddy Fellow.


  Marcia Keough holds a Diploma in Christian Education from the Moody Bible Institute and the B.S. degree in Secondary Art Education from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.  She will be pursuing the masters degree in art education during the Priddy Fellowship.  Since 2001 she has been an elementary art specialist in the Humble Independent School District in Humble, Texas.  Marcia has been involved in the arts in the community, working in the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2008 in the Kids’ College at Kingwood College, Kingwood, TX.  She has also been involved in the Humble ISD Annual Fine Arts Festival, serving as co-chair in 2003-2004.  She is a Texas Art Education Association member and has participated in the Youth Art Program for several years.  Marcia is a committed teacher, finding inspiration and creativity by working with people and considers art not only as content in the curriculum but as a platform for life-long learning.  She is pursuing the master degree in art education while a Priddy Fellow.


Megan DiRienzo holds the B.A. degree in art history from The Ohio State University and is pursuing the masters degree in art education and the museum education certificate at UNT.  While an undergraduate, she served as a studio assistant at the Columbus Museum of Art.  After completing her degree she was the Monticello Intern for Museum Education at the Illinois State Museum.  Since 2007 she has been the Family Programs Manger at the Dallas Heritage Village.  Megan has also been a summer teacher at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) and a volunteer for the GoVanGogh Outreach program at the DMA.  Megan believes strongly in the power of art and museums and will work to build her leadership skills through the Priddy Fellowship Program to make her vision of museums as places of personal discovery and understanding a reality through leadership roles and advocacy. 





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


Cara E. Stroud holds the B.A. degree in Music Theory from the University of North Texas. She is pursuing the M.M. degree in music theory while a Priddy Fellow.  As an undergraduate at UNT, she was recognized with several important awards:  Outstanding Undergraduate in Music Theory, Honorable Mention in the Texas Music Teachers’ Association Original Composition Contest for Persephone and Demeter, Outstanding Performer in Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, and First Prize in Texas Music Teachers’ Association Young Artist Competition.  Cara is pursuing graduate study in music theory at UNT during the Fellowship year.  She was the substitute cellist for the Shreveport Symphony in 2007 and from 2006 until the present has been a freelance cellist, pianist, and music instructor, working for Professional Piano Lessons, LLC since 2008.  Cara believes that music has the power to bring joy and understanding to people around the world, and hopes to develop her abilities to be a better music educator and arts advocate.






Christopher Lee holds the B.M. degree from Middle Tennessee State University, the M.M. degree from Austin Peay State University.  He is pursuing the D.M.A. degree in Guitar Performance at UNT.  He has taught private lessons in guitar in the Academy of Music and Drama in Mufreesboro, Tennessee, the Community School for the Arts at Austin Peay State University, and the Music Conservatory of Texas.  He has also had experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Austin Peay and a teaching Fellow at UNT.  Chris has been active as a performer in the community and during the summer of 2008 performed for the Collin County Center for the Arts.  Chris’ goal as a leader in the arts is to stimulate interest in the classical guitar by providing training to future generations of young people who may otherwise have limited exposure to classical music.  He hopes to prepare himself to do this through the Priddy Fellowship. 






Gerald Ringe holds the B.M. degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Texas and the M.M. degree from Kent State University.  He is pursuing the D.M.A. degree in clarinet performance while holding the Priddy Fellowship.  While at Kent State, Jerry was a graduate assistant.  He has taught private lessons in Frisco, Azel, and Red Oak High Schools and in Euless Junior School.  Beginning while an undergraduate at UNT, he continues to serve as an Eagle Ambassador, conducting campus tours for visiting dignitaries, parents, and students.  In his role as an Ambassador, he also works in recruitment and counsels prospective and current UNT students on academic decisions.  Jerry envisioned and implemented the College of Music audition-day tours for over 700 students.  He has performed with a wide variety of groups at both UNT and Kent State.  Currently, he is the principle and solo clarinetist for the UNT Chamber Orchestra.  Jerry aspires to be a university arts administrator and hopes that the Fellowship experience will provide him with practical approaches to connecting to the large community.








John Whitaker holds the B.M. degree in music education from Texas Tech University, the M.M. degree in music performance from the University of Houston, and is pursuing the D.M.A. degree in music performance and music history while holding the Priddy Fellowship.  From 2004-2006, John was the Personnel and Education Director for the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale.  He has also served an adjunct horn instructor at Odessa College, Abilene Christian University, and Hardin-Simmons University.  John has performed extensively and currently plays with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has taught private lessons in a number of high schools, including Carrolton, McKinney Argyle, Midland, Odessa, Friendswood, Santa Fe, Dickerson, and Lubbock.  In 1994 and 1995, he was Assistant Band Director at the Bales Intermediate School in Friendswood.   He has done two recordings and has received a number of musical honors. John believes that we must make the arts relevant and essential through such activities as education events, senior visitations, and other similar outreach programs.






Laura Erickson holds the B.M.A. degree in flute performance from Michigan State University and is pursuing the M.M. degree in flute performance at the University of North Texas.  Laura taught private lessons as well as sectionals at various middle and high schools in Fenton, Michigan while an undergraduate.  She also taught private lessons in the Williamston School District in Michigan between 2003 and 2007 where she organized a district-wide flute choir.  She has been a clinician at the Texas Flute Society Festival and has taught private lessons for middle and high school students in the Denton ISD.  She played with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra from 2004 until 2007.  She was selected by the National Flute Association to perform at the national convention in Kansas City and received 3rd prize in 2008 in the Excerpt and Master Class Competition.  With a strong interest in health issues related to musicians, Laura has been involved with research in the Music in Medicine program since coming to UNT.  She is committed to developing her leadership skills during the Priddy Fellowship so that she can facilitate the circulation of health related issues to the broader arts community. 





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