Meet the SMARTS Team
Staff & Teacher Directory
SMARTS Community Teaching Artists are employed by SMARTS and placed in partnering school systems to teach Visual Art, Music, and Dance year-round during and after school.
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SMARTS visual arts teachers are restoration artists, interior designers, founders of art galleries, painters, and animators.
Weslie Broderick studied Interpersonal Communication and Studio Fine Art at the University of Toledo, followed by receiving her post-baccalaureate certificate in Ceramics from YSU. She is a visual arts community teaching artist through SMARTS for the seventh and eighth grade classes at Liberty High School, as well as the facilitator of the LHS Art Club for seventh through twelfth grade students. Weslie owns and operates West Meadow Pottery in Columbiana, OH, where she enjoys making cheerful mugs and individualized pieces of pottery. She loves spreading joy, laughter, and color to the community through both works of art and the written word.
Kara Terlecki has brought her knowledge and expertise of the arts to SMARTS PK-12 and adult students this year. She has a degree in Art History and Studio Arts from YSU and has worked as a freelance professional artist and restoration conservator for The Butler Institute of American Art. She has been a part of SMARTS since 2017 and enjoys implementing her creativity and passion for art and self-expression into every class. Kara teaches art and theater to SMARTS students.
SMARTS Classes: Adult Methods in Mixed Mediums
Robert Kerr is a professional artist and animator specializing in both digital and traditional media.
Self-taught and formally trained, he appreciates the guidelines of creating art while testing the artistic boundaries. His formative years included work in television production, graphic / web design, illustration and animation.
His creative process is organic and unique unto itself, like each project commissioned. With over twenty years of experience in the visual arts, he brings an individual tone and energy to every creation.
Marites Eldred is a multi-media artist and musician who believes creating is the most powerful act. She formally studied at Olivet College where she was awarded the Evenlyn Gray Anderson Memorial Scholarship and the Justus W. Cohoe Art Scholarship. Her work has been published and shown in many shows including the Butler Institute of American Art and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Daniel Rauschenbach is an American contemporary artist, curator, and gallerist. He completed his BFA in Ceramics and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in American Studies with a focus in Community Development at YSU. Daniel is “planted” as a SMARTS art teacher at South Side Academy and is the owner at the SOAP Gallery. He is also a board member with the Legal Creative. Daniel is a painter, printmaker, and ceramicist. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows on the east coast and his artwork is displayed in private collections worldwide. He was selected as one of Youngstown’s 25 Under 35 by the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals in 2017 and has been a SMARTS art teacher since 2016.
SMARTS Community Teaching: Visual Art, South Side Academy
SMARTS music teachers are recording artists, classical musicians, piano and instrumental soloists, church music directors, and are in rock and jazz bands.
Dr. Haley Beverburg strives to provide her students with a well-rounded musical experience that combines the different facets of her musical background; piano, music theory, and composition. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BM in Music Composition and a BS in Physics and went on to earn her Master's and PhD in Music Theory at the University of Michigan. She studied piano as her applied instrument at both institutions. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience, including private instruction in piano, theory, and composition, and classroom instruction at the University of Michigan, YSU, and Youngstown City Schools. She also spent a year in Germany teaching English to high school students as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Haley has been teaching at SMARTS since 2017.
SMARTS Classes: Piano 101A, Piano 101B, Piano 101C
Simon Kenneally is a singer/songwriter, composer who has established multiple musical projects and solo projects. He has recorded and released thirteen studio albums. He has performed thousands of shows across the country and has been commissioned multiple times to create original scores for plays at various playhouses. He studied classical guitar at the Dana School of Music focusing on music education. He also studied secondary education at Youngstown State University and has been teaching music theory and composition publicly and privately for over 20 years. Simon teaches Rock Band, Studio Recording and Production, ukulele, guitar, and piano to SMARTS students.
SMARTS Classes: Rock Band, Ukulele 101
Brendan McEvoy is a violinist, composer, and violist from Fowler, Ohio. He is in his third year at the Dana School of Music at YSU, pursuing a degree in Music Composition. Brendan has been playing the violin for 14 years, and has performed with the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Dana Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and at many local churches. He is also an active chamber musician as a violinist and violist, performing in duets, trios, and quartets playing works by Dvorak, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Yun. He currently is the first violinist of the Ougheberrt Quartet at the Dana School of Music. As a composer, Brendan has had several original works and arrangements premiered by student chamber groups at Dana. His piece "Magisterial March" for wind ensemble received its premiere by the W. D. Packard Concert Band in Warren, Ohio in February 2020.
As a teacher, Brendan is the instructor for the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra's Strings of Joy program, a non-profit initiative that offers free violin lessons to Trumbull County students in grades 3-7. He has held this position for the last two years. In addition to the Strings of Joy program, Brendan also maintains a private studio of violin students.
SMARTS dance teachers work in studios all across Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. They dance in a large variety of styles: Jazz, Modern, contemporary, Latin, African, Bollywood, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Tap.
Hailey Gelzheiser is a dance educator and choreographer who has been bringing her love of movement to students at SMARTS since 2017. During her time at SMARTS, she has served as a Community Teaching Artist and as a dance educator for the SMARTS Empowers program. She graduated in 2019 from Youngstown State University with a B.A. in Dance Management, receiving an extensive education not only in dance technique and choreography, but also dance pedagogy. Along with teaching at SMARTS, Hailey is also the Artistic Director of the JCC School of Dance, an instructor at The Dancing School, and a choreographer for the Moon High School dance team. Dance is her passion, and she feels so lucky to be able to bring the joy of movement to her students every day.
SMARTS Community Teaching: Dance, Liberty High School
Dagmar Stahl is currently in her fourth year at Youngstown State University working to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Management. She currently teaches at The Pennsylvania Dance company and is a student worker at SMARTS. Dagmar has also taught for Ballet Western Reserve, where she received her early dance training. During her time in high school, Dagmar received certificates in Bartenieff Fundamentals of movement. As a student at YSU, she has served as the treasurer for the Dance Ensemble, performed in their concert for four years, and choreographed for their show twice. In 2020 her piece, Danse Macabre de Femmes was chosen to be adjudicated at The American College Dance Association, but unfortunately was unable to be performed due to COVID. Dagmar has also been the recipient of the Kocinski award, given to students who have played a significant role in the Dance Ensemble and demonstrate academic integrity as well as artistry and creativity in the field of dance.
SMARTS theater teachers are prop and costume designers, directors, actors, playwrights, and storytellers.
Amanda Beagle is a Warren, Ohio based singer/actor who has spent the greater part of her professional life invested in the development of young people through the arts. She has maintained a private vocal studio since 2001, both in the Warren/Youngstown area and New York City. She has been on faculty with music schools in New York City and South Orange, New Jersey serving a diverse body of students. An experienced theatre teaching artist, she has also trained extensively with Lincoln Center Education, The Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department and The City College of New York in educational theatre and teaching artistry. Ms. Beagle currently serves on the Musical Theatre voice faculty at Youngstown State University.
Amanda's history with SMARTS dates back to 2001 when she was a sophomore vocal performance major at Youngstown State University. During that time, she worked on a SMARTS team that facilitated the Metropolitan Opera Guild's education program called Creating an Original Opera in which students wrote, produced and performed their own works of musical theatre. SMARTS was also Amanda's community service platform as she competed for the job of Miss Ohio.
Adrianna Lamonge is an English teacher and drama advisor in Bristolville, Ohio. Additionally, she teaches writing as an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University. She graduated from YSU with her BA and MA in English and a minor in theatre arts with a certificate in the teaching of literature. In addition to teaching, Adrianna is involved with the nonprofit LitYoungstown.
Adrianna began pursuing her passion for theatre in college, performing in several plays and later showcasing her directorial debut in a night of 10 minute plays at YSU's Spotlight theatre. In 2018, she contributed an original monologue to the Strand Project, performed at Selah's Desert Theatre in Struthers.
SMARTS creative writing teachers choose their own adventures, study heroes and villains, solve mysteries, and more.
Natalie Wrightis a Writer of Adult and Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, as well as the Staff Administrator at SMARTS. She is in the process of writing her first novel, a passion project that has fueled her creativity for more than a decade. Before joining the SMARTS team, Natalie spent seven years as the editor of The Vindicator's Neighbors publications.
She taught the SMARTS World Builders class.
Kara Zone likes to make words and pictures. As a writer and an artist, she enjoys spilling her emotions out on a page or a canvas just to see what they look like. Sometimes they are a chaotic mess, and sometimes they are a beautiful mess, but it's always great because they get out of her head and heart, and she can examine them closer.
She enjoys digital art as much as physical art. She says that digital art gives you the freedom to try something in a hundred ways if need be, and then you get to print it out or save it forever.
Becky Keck, SMARTS President.
SMARTS Circle Members: Myra Vitto, President; Paul Garchar, Vice President; Nicole Ramson, Treasurer; Misty Hazy, Secretary; Christine Rhoades, Past President; Denise Holt, Bergen Giordani, Alura Webb, and John A. McNally IV.
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