Eileen is a retired middle school teacher from Cambrian School District where she taught for over 23 years in the fields of Physical Education, Leadership, Dance, Yearbook, Speech/Debate and was district Teacher of the Year multiple times. She served for many years on the CADA (California Association Directors of Activities) Board where she and her Activities program both received awards. Prior to teaching at Price, Eileen worked for multiple junior colleges in the area teaching fitness and dance classes. "I'm excited to be a part of the Artspiration team and to continue working in education to promote the arts."
Esther Chong is the Administrative Assistant for Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and Science at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Esther is a recent Bay Area resident after calling Southern California her home for 26 years. While attending the University of California, San Diego she spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy where she continued her studies in culture and language, and returned with a new found enthusiasm, encouraging students to find their stories through traveling and learning. Since graduating, she has been using her Communication degree supporting a company that focuses on relationship awareness and accountability based training through client engagement in addition to assisting with translations of various strengths based assessments. With first-hand experience performing and/or participating in various forms of art including dance, drama, music, media art, this opportunity to work in this content area is one she is excited to contribute and support.
Sharon is a retired middle school teacher from Loma Prieta School District where she taught for over 30 years in the fields of language arts, performing arts, and visual arts. She has been a mentor teacher in the arts and was multiple times district teacher of the year. She served for many years on the Villa Montalvo Teacher Advisory Board while also serving on various arts and curriculum committees at the county office of education.
Ms. Jeannine Flores is the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Jeannine has been in education for twenty years and is an alum of California State University, Long Beach and Concordia University, Irvine. Ms. Flores background is in music education and her outstanding experience brings great energy and support to schools. Her role as VAPA Coordinator includes content support and advocacy for all the arts including dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts. Jeannine is also the A in the STEAM Team at SCCOE where her passion for arts integration across curriculums shines. Jeannine was named teacher of the year in 2005, has received grants from Disney, Mr. Holland Opus, and has performed professionally. In addition, she has worked for Disney, the Henry Mancini Institute, and CSU, Long Beach.
Jeannine relocated to Silicon Valley from Southern California where she was born and raised. She enjoys the weather, people, and her work in Northern California. Ms. Flores is a board member of CreaTV San Jose and the American Beethoven Society and on the leadership council for CREATE CA, the statewide arts education coalition.