Meet the Staff

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
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dance
dance
fashion
fashion
media arts
media arts
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strings
theatre arts
theatre arts
visual arts
visual arts

Leadership

Dance

staff – Preston, Christie

Christie Preston

Dance Instructor

Born and raised in Calgary, Ms. Preston started her performing career with Children in Dance (now Alberta Dance Theatre) at a young age and spent seven years with the company. Ms. Preston received her B.A. in Dance with distinction from the University of Calgary in 2001. Her performing career included working with Michele Moss, Neah Kalcounis, Christine Carr, Denise Clark and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Her love of West African dance took her to study multiple times in Guinea and Ghana. Ms. Preston loves mentoring young dancers and has greatly enjoyed her experiences working with ADT as well as EKO Dance Projects, Dance Montage, Dance Explosions, DITCO and numerous public schools around Calgary. She returned to the U of C in 2003 and completed her Masters in Teaching and has enjoyed sharing her passion for Dance full-time at Calgary high schools ever since. From 2008-2012 Christie was the Artistic Director for Alberta Dance Theatre for Young People.

staff – Stone, Allison

Alison Stone

Fine Arts Learning Leader, Dance Instructor

Ms. Stone is originally from Victoria, BC where she grew up dancing and performing with Stages Performing Arts School.  To further her studies Ms. Stone moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University’s dance program.  She graduated with a BFA and a passion for choreography.  In Ontario, Ms. Stone’s choreography was seen at fFIDA International Dance Festival and the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.  Ms. Stone moved to Calgary to attend Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Professional Training Program, which she completed in 2008.  During her career she has performed works by choreographers such as, Meagan O’Shea, Heidi Strauss, Julia Sasso, Kimberly Cooper, Sarisa Figuera de Toledo and Catherine Hayward. Ms. Stone’s choreography has been performed in Alberta Dance Festival, Ember Dance Company, Variety Pack Cabaret, Shoes Off Cabaret, Crosscurrents, Physical Therapy Cabaret, Ignite Festival, AIR, Prairie Dance Circuit, Freak Show, Alberta Dance Explosions and Emerge. Ms. Stone has been the co-artist director of Alberta Dance Theatre for Young People from 2010 to 2012.  She continues to immerse herself in the Calgary dance community as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.

staff – Stroh, Jason

Jason Stroh

Dance Instructor

Mr. Stroh’s formal dance training began at the University of Calgary where he received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. He has since trained in Victoria, Toronto, Montreal, Vienna, New York and Sweden. Mr. Stroh danced for six seasons with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks where he performed extensively across the country. He continues to guest perform, teach and choreograph across Canada. His choreographic works have been presented by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Eko Dance Projects, Alberta Dance Theatre, Springboard Dance, Dancers’ Studio West, The University of Calgary Mainstage, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, New Dance Horizons, Brian Webb Dance Company, Dancing on the Edge and for ReLoCate of which he is a founding member. Mr Stroh can also be seen dancing in CBC’s The Forgotten Sense, and in several BRAVO films. Mr. Stroh was the Co-Artistic Director of Alberta Dance Theatre for Young People for two seasons. Mr. Stroh has also received and juried numerous provincial and national grants.

staff – Wojciechowski, Anna

Anna W.

Anna Wojciechowski

Accompanist

Ms Wojciechowski received her musical training at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. Since settling in Calgary in 1989, she has worked extensively as both a piano accompanist and teacher. Ms. Wojciechowski presently accompanies for many of Calgary’s professional dance companies and schools including, Alberta Ballet, The School of Alberta Ballet and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

staff – Vessey, Corinne

Corinne Vessey

Dance and Theatre Arts Instructor

Ms. Vessey is a dance professional who has been training for over twenty years in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Character, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Funk Styles (including Locking and Popping), House, West African and Musical Theatre. She has studied at world renowned facilities including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Shelley Shearer School of Dance, Harbour Dance Centre, The Source Dance Company, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and University of Calgary where she received her Bachelor of Arts (English, Dance minor) and a Bachelor of Education.

Corinne continues to perform professionally and has appeared in “Acquiescence” in Soulocentric Festival, 49th Parallel Dance Company’s “Watering Hole,” Michele Moss’ “Where in the World,” The Toy Castle television series, The Source Dance Company’s “Stranded,” Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s “Peter Pan,” and the Juno Awards, to name a few. Corinne’s choreography has won numerous awards, and has appeared in the Soulocentric Festival, multiple Mpact Dance Company productions, Ignite! Festival, Alberta Culture Days, and at the Grande Opening of the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as many other venues. Corinne also is the Artistic Director and founder of Ember Dance Company, a semi-professional contemporary dance company based out of Calgary that has been producing its own feature shows and dance films since its inception in 2012. Corinne is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at Central Memorial High School, and is grateful to be able to share her knowledge, experience, and love of dance with her students.

Fashion

staff – Parr, Dianne

Diane Parr 

Fashion Instructor – CTS Learning Leader

Diane Parr is the Career and Technology Studies Learning Leader at Central Memorial and has bee a teacher on staff since 1998. After graduating from the University of British Columbia’s School of Family and Nutritional Sciences, she began teaching Foods and Fashion Studies in Prince George, B.C. before continuing her education career in Calgary. With more than twenty-five years of classroom experience, Diane continues to enjoy sharing her passion for food and fashion literacy with today’s youth. She is pleased to have the opportunity to join the PVA Team and looks forward to the challenge of engaging students in the dynamic world of Fashion Design.

Media Arts

staff – Schwandt, Mark

Erin Boukall

Mark Schwandt

Media Arts Instructor

Mark Schwandt graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in
2001, and has since completed additional education in computer graphic design, advertising copywriting, digital music production and motion picture technical training. Mr. Schwandt’s media work has included video and location-sound recording, multi-track audio production, sound design, grip and light work for screen productions, both union and independent, as well as live broadcast of theatrical, sport, and music events. His teaching career brought him to the CBE’s Career and Technology Centre where he launched their Broadcasting program in 2012-13 (now called Film, Audio, and Television Production) as studio construction was being completed. Since then, his students have participated in productions such as the Edibles cooking show for Shaw TV Calgary, BOTZ for Telus Optik Local, live theatre and music concert video recording, celebrity photoshoots and interviews for Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre, and a twenty-four track live recording of the Calgary Fiddlers. Having experienced the transition from analog to digital media production over the past three decades, he is thrilled to be working with the PVA Media Arts program to prepare students for this exciting and quickly changing industry.

staff – Scott, Kevin

Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

Media Arts Instructor, Technology Learning Leader

Kevin Scott has worked in the Media Arts industry since 2001 and has been teaching the subject at Central Memorial High School since 2003. Professionally, he has been involved in web development, audio and video design, graphic design as well as animation development for organizations such as The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Alberta Bone & Joint Health Institute, The American Association of Retired People (AARP), The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and The National Business Services Alliances, among others.

In 2001, Mr. Scott graduated from the University of Calgary’s Masters of Teaching program after obtaining a degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Lakehead University. He has competed at the varsity as well as major junior level in football and has been coaching the sport since 1993.

Mr. Scott is excited to be joining the PVA Team and is looking forward to undergoing the rigors of PVA Media Arts with all of the students.

Music

staff – Archer, Katrina

Katrina Archer

Katrina Archer

Band and Strings Instructor

Katrina Archer has been involved with music in Calgary from a young age. She studied saxophone and cello at the University of Calgary, earning a Bachelor of Music Education specializing in Secondary Education in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. As a musician, Ms. Archer has performed as a sectional cellist with the Symphony of the Kootenays, as well as performing with several local bands and ensembles in Calgary. Ms. Archer has become involved in the international El Sistema movement, which exposes at-risk youth to intense musical study on an instrument as a means to create positive social change within a community. To that end, she has been a part of instructing Philadelphia’s “Play On Philly” program, as well as Calgary’s Multicultural Youth Orchestra. She believes firmly in the power of musical study to positively transform individuals, communities, and society. At Central Memorial, Ms. Archer directs the String Orchestra program, co-conducts the Symphonic Band, and teaches advanced instrumental and choral musicianship classes.

staff – Hemsley, Leslie (Gerry)

Gerry Hemsley

Leslie (Gerry) Hemsley

Music Instructor

Gerry Hemsley was crowned the Canadian National Junior Snare Drum Champion when he was only 15 years of age.  He remains, to this day, the youngest performer ever to receive that award.  Since that time, he has been a highly sought-after percussion instructor and clinician throughout both Canada and the USA.  Mr. Hemsley is also a highly acclaimed percussion arranger, composer and adjudicator.  Over the years, his works have been presented on numerous TV and radio shows and he has performed and done a number of collaborations with such notable sports and entertainment entities as: the NHL, the CFL (& the Grey Cup), Drum Corps International and entertainment superstars all the way from Tom Jones to Keith Urban.  In addition, he is a composer and consultant for the 6-time DCA World Champion Percussion Ensemble: CADRE.

Gerry’s passion for teaching percussion to students of all ages has produced a litany of current instructors and performers for the world of marching band and drum corps, as well as world class music ensembles such as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), to name but a few.

Mr. Hemsley is thrilled to lend his 50+ years of percussion teaching excellence and expertise to the Central Memorial Music Department and he looks forward to working with your child.

staff – Gardner, Mike

Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner

Band and Choral Instructor

Mike Gardner is the Director of Music at Central Memorial High. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri. Mr. Gardner has taught music in the public school system for 26 years. At Central Memorial, Mr. Gardner teaches and conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches advanced vocal and instrumental musicianship classes. He also taught theory, ear training, and applied saxophone at Mount Royal College and is a director of the Westwinds Music Society. Mr. Gardner is active as a clinician and guest conductor in the province of Alberta.

In addition to Mr. Gardner’s teaching and conducting qualifications, he also performs as a saxophonist and arranges music for bands and choirs. He has performed with a variety of jazz musicians and groups such as the Eric Friedenberg Orchestra, the Prime Time Big Band, the Harry James Tribute Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Memorial Orchestra, and The Guy Lombardo Memorial Orchestra. He has also been a sideman for Lou Rawls, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Rob McConnell, Tommy Banks, and others.

staff – Massey, Greg

Greg Massey

Gregory Massey

Accompanist

Pianist and tenor Gregory Massey is a versatile musician who is trained in musical genres spanning from classical, to jazz, to rock. Gregory’s formal education includes completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus, studies in jazz piano at Grant MacEwan College, and a year of graduate work at the University of Alberta’s main campus. Gregory also received his Grade 10 certificate in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

Gregory is a skilled accompanist who works with singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities. The ability to perform in a variety of styles has opened many doors for Gregory, including being the lead pianist and keytar player in several Alberta based rock bands and being the Assistant Music Director at Living Spirit United Church. Gregory is currently living in Calgary, Alberta where he is an active teacher, director and accompanist.

Theatre Arts

staff – Crimmins, Michelle

Michelle Crimmins

Michelle Crimmins

Theatre Arts Instructor

Michelle Crimmins graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and began her teaching career outside of the public school system as an Instructor and Studio Coordinator for The Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio and for Central Memorial’s PVA Theatre Arts Program as a guest artist.  She later pursued her Bachelor of Education at the University of New Brunswick before heading overseas to teach in Beijing, China. Upon returning to hometown Calgary, Michelle further developed her instruction skills through teaching for Calgary Young People’s Theatre. Teaching at Central gives her great joy and purpose and she considers PVA her “second family.”

staff – Morrisette, Bo

Bo Morrisette

Theatre Arts Instructor

Ms. Morrisette’s theatre training includes studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, D’ell Arte School Of Physical Theatre and the Canadian Mime School. Ms. Morrisette toured extensively with a commedia d’ell arte troupe in the U.S. and performed in many independent theatre productions at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, Victoria Fringe Festivals also the Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver Children’s Festivals. As an artist in education, Ms. Morrisette has worked in W.P Puppet Theatre’s Artist in Residency Program, touring and teaching theatre for young audiences across Alberta. Ms. Morrisette has taught theatre classes and directed for Calgary Young Peoples Theatre. She has been teaching in Central’s PVA Drama program since its inception and it gives her enormous pleasure to work with such dedicated and talented teens as they explore the theatrical world.

staff – Mulloy, Paul

Paul Mulloy

Theatre Arts Instructor, Fine Arts Learning Leader

Mr. Mulloy attended UVic and York University where he studied vocal performance, theatre and education. In 2000, before making the leap into education, Mr. Mulloy worked as a stage actor. Most notably, he performed on Broadway in the 1989 revival of Shenandoah. Further, he acted in a number of international touring productions including Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera where he performed the role of the opera manager, Andre. Across Canada, Mr. Mulloy has had the privilege to perform with a variety of theatre companies including Theatre Calgary, the Canadian Opera Company and the Shaw Festival. Mr. Mulloy was a nominee for the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award. He enjoys his work and considers himself fortunate to be part of the PVA team at Central.

staff – Simon, Len

Len Simon

Technical Theatre Instructor

Len Simon earned his B. Ed from University of Calgary specializing in the instruction of Secondary Drama. He has accumulated more than 25 years of educational and theatrical experience in the classroom, on stage, as well as working backstage in a variety of technical roles. Len teaches Drama and Technical Theatre to all grade levels, as well as serves as the department’s Technical Director, Set, Sound and Lighting Designer. Len enjoys working side-by-side with our aspiring technicians to meet the extensive technical requirements for all of the PVA productions.

staff – Vessey, Corinne

Corinne Vessey

Dance and Theatre Arts Instructor

Ms. Vessey is a dance professional who has been training for over twenty years in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Character, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Funk Styles (including Locking and Popping), House, West African and Musical Theatre. She has studied at world renowned facilities including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Shelley Shearer School of Dance, Harbour Dance Centre, The Source Dance Company, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and University of Calgary where she received her Bachelor of Arts (English, Dance minor) and a Bachelor of Education.

Corinne continues to perform professionally and has appeared in “Acquiescence” in Soulocentric Festival, 49th Parallel Dance Company’s “Watering Hole,” Michele Moss’ “Where in the World,” The Toy Castle television series, The Source Dance Company’s “Stranded,” Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s “Peter Pan,” and the Juno Awards, to name a few. Corinne’s choreography has won numerous awards, and has appeared in the Soulocentric Festival, multiple Mpact Dance Company productions, Ignite! Festival, Alberta Culture Days, and at the Grande Opening of the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as many other venues. Corinne also is the Artistic Director and founder of Ember Dance Company, a semi-professional contemporary dance company based out of Calgary that has been producing its own feature shows and dance films since its inception in 2012. Corinne is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at Central Memorial High School, and is grateful to be able to share her knowledge, experience, and love of dance with her students.

staff – Zanboer, Sheldon

Sheldon Zanboer

Sheldon Zandboer

Accompanist

Sheldon Zandboer is Western Canada’s “best kept secret”. He’s been working behind the scenes on many recordings, theatre projects, song writing projects, jazz concerts, sound design, and film soundtracks. Making a living as a professional musician since 1975 and living in Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver has enabled him to be one of the most experienced and accomplished keyboardist/pianists in Western Canada.  He has performed publicly as well as before members of the British Royal Family, dignitaries, Heads of State internationally. Whether it’s playing jazz or in a Broadway show he’s equally comfortable in just about any genre available. His songwriting has extended into the European pop market and he has composed music for a film that is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. His ground breaking jazz-training book The Tao of Jazz Improvisation, available on Amazon.com, is being used by jazz professionals and students from all over the world. Presently Sheldon is a Jazz Piano Instructor at Mount Royal/Ambrose Universities as well as University of Calgary and still performs throughout western Canada.

Visual Arts

staff – Isaak, Kelly

Kelly Isaak

Visual Arts Instructor

Kelly Isaak graduated from the University of Calgary’s Masters of Education program in 2008. She began teaching with the Calgary Board of Education the following Fall and joined the Central Memorial Fine Arts Department in 2010.

In 1999 Ms. Isaak graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a major in Drawing. She has also studied Painting, Printmaking, Textiles, and Ceramics. She spent six years living in Tokyo, Japan. There she studied photography and continues to work in both film and digital imagery.

Ms. Isaak is very interested in working with the human figure. She draws the body from life with various life-drawing groups around Calgary and is currently working on a drawing series dealing with portraiture and the idea of play.

staff – Lewick, Meghan

Meghan Lewick

Visual Arts Instructor

Meghan Lewick is an artist living and working in Calgary.  She has been teaching art for 10 years in Alberta and British Columbia. Her work exhibits regularly and hangs in collections both nationally and internationally.  Her education includes study in Paris, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Asahikawa, Japan.  She loves making art as well as inspiring others to find their own voice.  She believes art making has an important role in self-expression, can serve in activist protest and is a tool to create and reveal truth and beauty.   New artists, in her classroom, are inspired to explore, to take up their place confidently in the lineage of their chosen media and to contribute to the world’s discussion.

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Kerry Warner

Kerry Warner

Visual Arts Instructor, Student and Community Engagement Learning Leader

Kerry Warner graduated from the University of Calgary’s Master of Education program in June of 2007 and joined Central Memorial Fine Art Department the following September.

In 2005 Ms. Warner completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan with a major in Painting and an extensive knowledge in printmaking, drawing, and sculpture. Since graduation, Ms Warner has shown with the Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia where she has gained recognition with collectors in Canada, the United States, and Asia. Ms Warner’s work has been published in Essential Vancouver magazine, 2006/07 and Passion Pages, 2009.

Ms Warner’s current work is described as formalist abstract. She often works on series’ of up to twelve paintings at a time and can take over 6 months to complete a series. Ms Warner’s work is a juxtaposition between spontaneous washes and controlled methodical impasto areas creating a history within each piece. It is a deconstruction of painting as a language, becoming enhanced each time she adds a new colour or mark to the canvas.

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