Professional Development Workshops COCAedu Cohort

Professional Development Workshops

COCAedu’s professional development workshops are available for booking at district or school in-service days. Topics covered include instructional methods, classroom management, and planning and lesson development.

Upcoming Workshops

Program Contact
Abby Crawford
Director of Education and School Partnerships
acrawford@cocastl.org
314.561.4888

2016–2017 COCAedu Cohort

The COCAedu Cohort is a professional development opportunity designed to engage a community of like-minded, arts-centered classroom educators. This initiative strives to develop arts integration strategies, influence teaching practice, and undertake capacity building efforts through coaching, building expertise and infrastructure in schools.

Cohort Participants

COCAedu Cohort participants are interested in increasing and strengthening their arts integration practice, committed to ongoing engagement with group learning experiences and individual coaching, and receive administrative support to test arts integration through action research.

Meet the Cohort

adams-whitney Whitney Adams | Fellows Mentor | Lee Expressive Arts Elementary
Whitney was born and raised in Columbia and also attended the University of Missouri. After college, she was a Teaching Fellow through the University of Missouri and earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. This experience prepared her for conducting action research in the classroom, which she’s excited to do with the COCAedu Cohort. Whitney has been teaching at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary in Columbia, MO, for six years. This year, she is a Fellows Mentor to a kindergarten teacher and a third grade teacher.
carrow-beth Beth Carrow | Classroom Teacher | Immaculate Conception School
Beth is from the metro east St. Louis area. She teaches Pre-K at Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, IL. Having very limited exposure to the arts in her education training, Beth is looking forward to learning how to integrate the arts more fully into her classroom to enrich the curriculum.
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Holly Harris | Classroom Teacher | Duello Elementary
Holly moved to Springfield, MO, from Colorado 24 years ago to attend Drury University, where she realized her calling was education. She was hired as a teacher for the Wentzville School District in Wentzville, MO. During the last 16 years as an educator, she taught first through fourth grade. She currently teaches first grade in Lake St. Louis, MO, where she is proud to be a Duello Mustang! Holly looks forward to learning ways to integrate arts education into the classroom in order to help students increase their levels of understanding and find creative ways to share their learning through different mediums.
kalyanaraman-aparna Aparna Kalyanaraman | Arts Specialist | Ames VPA
Aparna, originally from India, now considers herself a St. Louis native. She is a dancer, writer, and educator. She received her BA in Dance and English from Washington University, her MA in Teaching Dance from Lindenwood University, and is currently taking creative writing at Washington University. She has worked for Springboard, Interchange, the Center for Arts Education (NYC) and is now a full-time dance teacher at Ames VPA Elementary School. She is very excited to be a part of the COCAedu Cohort so she can discover new ways to empower her students to be strong thinkers, learners, and artists!
ladue-meghan Meghan Ladue | Arts Specialist | Old Bonhomme Elementary
Meghan is a 5th year teacher in the Ladue School District. She graduated from Ball State University with a BA in Music Education. She is also fully certified in the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education, and is completing her master’s degree in Music Education through Anderson University. She taught in Greenville, South Carolina for three years before relocating to St. Louis in 2015. Meghan currently teaches K-4 music at Old Bonhomme Elementary School in Olivette. She hopes to learn how to be a great arts education resource to the other educators. She also wants to ensure the preservation of aesthetic education and the integrity of the visual and performing arts curriculum in arts integration practices at Old Bonhomme Elementary.
matrisotto-christine Christine Matrisotto | Classroom Teacher | Immaculate Conception School
Born and raised in Columbia, IL, Christine and her family recently moved across the river to Crestwood, MO. She teaches third grade in her hometown at Immaculate Conception School. Christine attended Fontbonne University and earned her BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts and a master’s degree in Education and Curriculum Instruction. She is excited to take her current teaching strategies to a new level by implementing more of the arts into the curriculum. By acting, doing, creating, and exploring through the arts, she’s seen her classroom come to life, but knows that more personal instruction and knowledge of the arts will allow for it to flourish even more.
pasley-gloria Gloria Pasley | Arts Specialist | Wedgwood School
Gloria is an elementary general/vocal music teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. She has a B.M.E. in Vocal Music (K–12) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; a M.M. in Vocal Music from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Educational Administration (emphasis Policy Analysis) from Columbia University, New York. Her dissertation for the doctorate degree was conducted on observing arts integrated programs that were infused into schools on the East Coast. She’d like to see more of this here in the Midwest, and that’s why she’s excited about the COCAedu Cohort.
torres-christine Christine Torres | Classroom Teacher | EPiC Elementary
Christine attended the University of Kansas for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She teaches at EPiC Elementary in Liberty, MO. Christine has the unique opportunity to team teach in a class with 50 students. She is excited to be a part of the COCAedu Cohort to continue to work on innovative practices and bring the arts into the classroom. She loves that she will be able to work directly with other educators with the same mindset.
Keale Walker | Classroom Teacher | Flynn Park Elementary
Keale is from O’Fallon, MO, and now resides in University City. She graduated with her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Central Missouri. Currently, she teaches third grade at Flynn Park. Keale loves her job and learning new strategies and techniques that help her students. She is excited to participate in the COCAedu Cohort to continue her education and work side by side with COCAedu for the school year.

Interested in learning more?

Contact Abby Crawford, Director of Education and School Partnerships, at acrawford@cocastl.org or 314.561.4888.