Free Professional Development for Art, Music, Theatre, Integrated Arts and Dance Teachers Offered

May 08, 2002

The 2002 WV Fine Arts Teachers’ Academy (formerly known as The Governor’s Institute for Arts Education) is planned for Sunday evening, July 14, through Wednesday morning, July 17, at West Liberty State College.  

The academy, offered free to the first registered 70 applicants, is a three day professional development seminar targeted to fine arts teachers, general classroom teachers who are responsible for teaching the arts, and school based artists (non-educator artists who work with arts teachers in the schools).  

Quality professional development credit for the 2002-2003 school year is offered through this academy’s intensive workshops with master teachers and artists. Room and board at West Liberty State College and classroom materials and supplies are free to all academy participants.  

Also offered – for the cost of tuition and registration – is an opportunity to earn one hour of graduate credit for advanced salary classification through West Virginia University.  

Drafts of the newly developed fine arts content standards and objectives and performance descriptors will be introduced to academy participants for their comments, questions, and suggestions.  

Course Instructors for the Academy are:  

Instrumental Music Course: Phil Wyatt, Band Director at Washington Irving Middle School and WVMEA President-elect.  

Vocal Music Course: Joseph Janisch, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Charleston.  

General Music Course: ReneJ Jo Wyatt, General Music Teacher at West Milford Elementary, Harrison County and Part Time/Adjunct Percussion Faculty at Fairmont State College.  

Visual Art Course: Jennifer Boggess, Assistant Professor of Art at Alderson-Broaddus College.  

Theatre Course: Jim Walker, Theatre Instructor at Braxton County High School and first state recipient of “WV Theatre Teacher of the Year Award.”  

Dance Course:  

(Beginning to Intermediate Dance) Pat Edwards, Dance Education Consultant for WV Dance Educators Task Force  

(Intermediate to Advanced Dance) Toneta Akers-Toler, Professional Dance Trainer and Founder of West Virginia’s first professional touring dance company.  

Arts Integration Course: Joy Faini Saab, Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Practice at WVU Application for the Academy may be completed online by going to  

For more information about the Academy contact Julia Lee, Fine Arts Coordinator in the Office of Instructional Services, WVDE at 304-558-7805, ext. 348. Email:

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