It’s that time of year, of graduations, reflections and change. Here at TAB it’s a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to our 2012-3 interns, and welcome new colleagues.
Francis Smith is headed overseas to teach middle school. He came to Tucson to earn a Masters of Education (M.Ed) at the University of Arizona 2013. He received his Bachelor's of Arts (BA in History and Russian) from University of Notre Dame 2008. He was in the Peace Corps Service, working in Kyrgyzstan from 2008-2010. Francis is moving on to teach Social Studies in Doha, Qatar. Francis brought with him an international perspective and keen eye for detail. He spent the year helping overhaul our grants, programs, tracking and assessment systems.
Gina Myers earned her Art Education Degree with a Museum Education specialization (University of Arizona 2013), she moved to Tacoma, WA and is now the "Gift Administration Coordinator" at Lemay-America's Car Museum.
Victor Anthony Lopez Carmen, will soon be attending Ithaca College as a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar under the study of Pre-Medicine. He has been involved in community service and art for quite some time, and plans to develop the necessary skills over the next few years in college that one needs to create positive changes through civic engagement. He writes; “Being involved in Tucson Art's Brigade has significantly helped me to discover my innate leadership qualities, and has taught me how to work with others while collectively participating in joyful service.”
And we are delighted to introduce you to our new associates!
Liz Werner recently began a Masters of Education program at the University of Arizona with aspirations of becoming a high school chemistry teacher. She moved to Tucson from Olympia, Washington and is slowly but surely adapting to the stark desert beauty here. Her undergraduate degree is in environmental chemistry, and since her undergraduate years, she has worked numerous jobs in the environmental field and served two volunteer stints in Tanzania, one with Peace Corps and one with the Tanzania Teaching Foundation. She is a committed dabbler in the arts - predominantly in dance and studio arts.
Tiffany ‘Jonezy’ Jones, a product of New Jersey, is brand new to the state of Arizona! She recently moved from Washington DC, where she has professionally performed and taught dance, for the past three and half years. In total, Jonezy has been teaching for over ten years and dancing for over twenty three! She has her BFA in Dance & Choreography and a BS in Creative Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Jonezy has grown passionate about teaching dance in the public school and is now pursuing her Master’s in Secondary Education (Approved Subject Area: Dance) at the University of Arizona. She is excited to be working with Tucson Arts Brigade because she believes in the organization’s philosophy: the arts should be accessible to children everywhere!
Audrey Gusick is a new volunteer at Tucson Arts Brigade who will be working on a few different community cultural development projects this summer. She grew up in Tucson where she graduate from Sabino High School and is now an architecture student going into her third year and the University of Arizona. She enjoys running, playing soccer and has always had a love of art that inspired her to pursue a degree in architecture. She hopes to be able to use her newly acquired knowledge to promote arts based education and to further community involvement in creating a more beautiful and useful environment in order to foster interaction among members of local communities.