The Department of Arts Education has made it a strategic priority to increase peer-to-peer learning and deeply involve the district’s exemplary arts teachers in the development of quality instructional supports.
To accomplish this goal, we have assembled a cohort of Arts Instruction Specialists—outstanding CPS arts teachers with expert-level disciplinary knowledge and instructional skill who collaborate with the Department on the development and delivery of arts professional learning and instructional resources. They also serve as invaluable sources of support and information for arts teachers across the district.
Our Specialists represent four arts disciplines (Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre) across two grade bands (K–8 and 9–12).
To learn more about our Specialists, please email email@example.com.
2023–24 Arts Instruction Specialists
Elisa Foshay, Jones College Prep High School
Joy Gross, Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School
Gina Spears, Portage Park Elementary
Darcy Nickel, Dever Elementary
Jenai Jenkins, Pritzker Elementary
Kelley Gossler, Lincoln Park High School
Michael Velasquez, Tilden High School
Ashley Barajas-Galan, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
Christian Smith, Mather High School
Da'Sean Wilson, Dyett High School
Alice Wedoff, Ericson Elementary
Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams, Franklin Fine Arts Academy
Jianna Lubotsky, Farragut High School
Mary Beth Kordik, Mather High School
Catherine (Kitty) Conde, Ravenswood Elementary
Aoko Omwony-Hope, Doolittle Elementary
Sarah Simanskey, Otis Elementary
Lara Spyer, Brighton Park Elementary
Sarah Wain, Lane Tech High School