Consultants2018-08-09T08:05:41+00:00

ARTS INTEGRATION AND STEAM

Consultants

Amplify, accelerate and achieve your goals.

Helping Schools Thrive.

Our team of trained consultants teach educators, schools and districts how to leverage and implement arts integration and STEAM for student success.  Meet our team and contact us to see how we can help you.

SUSAN RILEY

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ARTS INTEGRATION, STEAM

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset, the world’s largest online resource for arts integration and STEAM education. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and sought-after keynote presenter at national conferences on the power of integrating the arts across content areas. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

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DR. TYPHANI HARRIS

KEYNOTES • LARGE & SMALL GROUP PRESENTATIONS

ARTS INTEGRATION, STEAM, CURRICULUM PLANNING

Typhani Harris is the Executive Director of Academy Affairs for EducationCloset.  She was a former dance educator and mentor teacher who has been on the boards of both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) and California Dance Education Association (CDEA). In 2009 she won the Music Center’s Bravo award for excellence in Arts Education.  Dr. Harris is passionate about coaching teachers, providing voice and choice in all settings and helping educators stop teaching and start reaching students.

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AMANDA KOONLABA

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ARTS INTEGRATION, STEAM, CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Amanda Koonlaba, Ed. S. is an educator and educational consultant with over 12 years of experience teaching both visual art and regular education. Her career has been driven by the power of the arts to reach all learners. She is a published author and frequent speaker/presenter at education conferences. Amanda was named the Elementary Art Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi in 2016 and received the Arts Integration Service Award from the Mississippi Whole Schools Initiative (Mississippi Arts Commission) in 2015. She holds an Elementary and Middle Childhood Art certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Amanda is on a mission to ensure every student in America has access to a high-quality arts-based education.

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SHAWNA LONGO

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ARTS INTEGRATION, STEAM

Shawna E. Longo is the General Music (Music Technology) teacher at Hopatcong Middle School, Hopatcong, NJ. She also serves as the Arts Integration & STEAM Specialist for TMI Education; Fellow, Writer, & Coach for Education Closet; and Ambassador for MusicFirst. She is a clinician and consultant for music education, arts integration, and STEAM. She is also a recipient of the 2018 NJMEA Master Music Teacher Award and 2016 Governor’s Educator of the Year for Hopatcong Middle School.  She has written integrated curriculum support materials for the state of New Jersey and works as a coach for the Arts Integration Specialist Certification Program.

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MATT GRUNDLER

SMALL GROUP PRESENTATIONS • LARGE GROUP PRESENTATIONS

ARTS INTEGRATION, STEAM, DESIGN THINKING

Matt Grundler is an art educator from Plano, Texas who is currently teaching middle school art after years at the elementary level. He is also a proud dad, blogger, co-host of the Creatively Connected Classroom podcast and co-founder of the popular Twitter Chat #K12ArtChat with his wife and art educator Laura. Matt started out as a graphic designer; however after finding the commercial side of design to be unsatisfying, he soon found his niche as a public school Art teacher. Matt has studied design thinking through IDEO and specializes in bringing this process into the classroom.

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WHO WE’VE HELPED

Our team is active in supporting teachers, schools and districts around the country.  Here’s an abbreviated list of previous engagements:

  • Wiley STEAM Magnet Middle School  |  Winston-Salem, NC
  • ASCD National Conference  |  Houston, TX
  • Foundation for Educational Administration  |  Princeton, NJ
  • Summit Academy Schools  |  Romulus, MI
  • Art Educators of New Jersey Conference  |  Long Branch, NJ
  • Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council  |  Texarkana, USA
  • Upper Darby School District  |  Drexel Hill, PA
  • New York State Alliance for Arts Education  |  Albany, NY
  • Teaching and Learning Conference  |  Washington, DC
  • Brevard County Public Schools  |  Melbourne, FL
  • CORE Districts Conference  |  Los Angeles, CA
  • The Capital Encore Academy  |  Fayetteville, NC
  • Bethel School District  |  Spanaway, WA
  • Port St. Lucie School District  |  Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Michigan Reading Council Conference | Detroit, MI
  • National Art Educators Conference | Seattle, WA and New York, NY
  • Palmetto State Arts Conference | Columbia, SC
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools | Nashville, TN
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