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Endowed Positions

Beverley Taylor Sorenson long had the dream of ensuring every elementary student in Utah has the opportunity to have a meaningful, arts-rich education. For nearly 20 years Beverley dedicated her time, money, and efforts to see this dream come to fruition, beginning with developing the Art Works for Kids teaching model. Her influence continues through her philanthropic foundations and family support.
The Sorenson family endowed positions and programs at seven of the Utah Universities. These positions offer professional learning opportunities for elementary classroom teachers and arts specialists. They support the LEA's and schools within their region in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. These universities offer pre-service and in-service training for elementary classroom teachers and arts specialists.

Cally Flox

BYU Program Director

Cally is a choreographer turned administrator. She is the Founding Director of the BYU ARTS Partnership which is housed in the Center for Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITIES) in the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. Cally has established a strong foundation to ensure the programs developed in the BYU ARTS Partnership will continue serving children in perpetuity.

As a licensed teacher, Cally has taught dance, math, and P.E. in public schools. She is a licensed principal with her MEd in Educational Leadership. Cally is certified in Educational Kinesiology with additional training in Developmental Kinesiology and Sensory Integration. Her teaching reflects deep understanding of human development and neurophysiology with brain compatible, multi-sensor teaching strategies.

She spent many years teaching creative dance and the integrated arts to all ages. "The Child as the Artist" was the motto behind the carefully crafted curriculum to develop young choreographers and to showcase their work while they collaborated with professional visual and performing artists. She is a past President of the Utah Dance Education Organization. She has spent ten years as a board member of Dance and the Child International (daCi), Utah Chapter.

She has presented at National Conferences such as the National Network for Educational Renewal, National Dance Education Organization and the Professional Development Schools Conference as a well as at many state and regional conferences. She has also attended workshops at the Lincoln Center.

Cally consistently spends her personal and professional time engaging with people in the arts, including her husband and adult children who share her passion and commitment.

School Districts Covered: Alpine, Carbon, Duchesne, Emery, Grand, Jordan, Juab, Nebo, North Sanpete, Provo, South Sanpete, Uintah, and Wasatch


Jeri Crosby

DSU Endowed Chair

Jeri is passionate about music, education and music education. She has enjoyed opportunities to teach preschool through college students throughout her career, and currently enjoys mentoring teachers, developing music curriculum, and supervising the elementary orchestra program in Nebo School District.

Jeri has designed and implemented a variety of successful music programs, created and composed music education materials, and conducted research on the effects of music on literacy and learning environments. She taught orchestra, band, choir, general music, guitar, and piano in Kane County School District for 17 years before moving to Utah Valley seven years ago. Jeri has also taught private violin and piano lessons, music appreciation and guitar classes for Dixie State College, music for the elementary teacher for both SUU and BYU, and workshops in district, state, and national settings.

Jeri served a s UMEA vice president for elementary music from 1009-2011. Jeri earned her master's degree in the Art of Teaching with Music Education emphasis form GCU in Phoenix, Arizona; her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in Music Education with a K-12 endorsement form SUU; Kodaly certifications from BYU, and Orff Schulwerk certifications from USU and UNLV.

Jeri strives to attain her teaching mission statement: "I will help my students prepare for the future by instilling love for learning and music. I will facilitate each student in becoming capable, creative, responsible, knowledgable, and compassionate by creating student-centered learning opportunities which are engaging, meaningful, collaborative, equitable, and motivating."

School Districts Covered: Kane, and Washington


Alisa Petersen

SUU Endowed Chair

School Districts Covered: Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Millard, Piute, Sevier, and Wayne


Kelby McIntyre-Martinez

U of U Program Director

Kelby McIntyre-Martinez draws upon years of experience as an arts educator, choreographer, and director in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Mrs. McIntyre-Martinez received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Youth Theatre from the University of Hawai'i Manoa. She has done extensive collaborative work with school districts, universities and non-profit organizations to create quality educational fine arts programs for youth that are more inclusive and accessible to the greater community.

Mrs. McIntyre-Martinez is currently the Program Director of Professional Development at the University of Utah for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program where she works with 62 elementary schools across the Wasatch Front to provide professional development support and model best practices in the field of arts education and integration to classroom teachers and art specialists. Mrs. McIntyre-Martinez works in partnership with University Neighborhood Partners at the Hartland Youth Center to provide a year-round youth theatre and dance education program. She is adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah and is an active board member for the Dance and the Child International's (daCi) Utah Day of Dance, the Utah Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and for the Spy Hop Institute for Teachers. As she assumes her new role as Assistant Dean of Arts Education and Community Engagement, Mrs. McIntyre-Martinez is honored to have the opportunity to continue to work in partnership with esteemed colleagues from the College of Fine Arts.

School Districts Covered: Canyons, Granite, Murray, Salt Lake, Tintic, and Tooele


Aurora Hughes Villa

USU Endowed Program Director

Aurora Hughes Villa is currently the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Program Director for Elementary Arts Education and Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. Aurora was formerly the District Arts Coordinator for Cache County School District in Logan (UT) where she founded Art in Transit: From Schools to Community – a program that brings art made by children into public places. She received the Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education in the category of exemplary arts program initiative for her work with Art in Transit. Prior to moving to Utah, Aurora was a full time art professor at North Central College (IL) where she taught sculpture and ceramics. As a licensed teacher, she taught art in the public schools at the elementary, middle school, and high school level in Buffalo (NY) and Phoenix (AZ) and has taught art to children and adults for over 25 years. Aurora holds a BFA in Ceramics and a BS in Art Education from Buffalo State College (NY). After completing her MFA in Ceramics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL), she exhibited her work nationally and internationally, with her artwork appearing in Ceramics Art and Perception. Aurora is currently on the Utah Art Education Association Board and enjoys creating arts partnerships around the state.

School Districts Covered: Box Elder, Cache, Daggett, Logan, Rich, and San Juan


Tamara Goldbogen

WSU Endowed Chair

Tamara Goldbogen is the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning at Weber State University where she oversees an arts integration program and teaches in the College of Arts & Humanities and the College of Education. Prior to her work at Weber State University, Tamara taught theatre for youth and creative drama at the University of Pittsburgh and served as director of the departmental outreach program, Shakespeare-in-the-Schools. Tamara currently serves on the Executive Board of Theatre for Young Audience/USA as Vice President of Membership. She holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin.

School Districts Covered: Box Elder, Davis, Morgan, Ogden, and Weber


Rebecca Penerosa

Westminster Endowed Chair

Rebecca Penerosa is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Education at Westminster College where she oversees the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program and ArtsBridge. She recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Utah. She previously earned both a B.M. in Music Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Her endeavors as a mezzo-soprano took her to Vienna, Austria and Milan, Italy, where she participated in multiple opera and jazz festivals. Shortly thereafter, a worldwide pursuit began in which travel to over twenty-eight different countries revealed a spark for multicultural music. Rebecca’s research has since encompassed the value and perceptions placed upon multicultural music education and arts integration. Her choral experience spans the last 25 years beginning with a debut in the Sydney Opera House, Australia.

She served as an elementary music educator and middle school choral director for eleven years in California, Missouri, and Utah. Her focus has been on ESL instruction and arts integration and remains such through the lens of higher education. Her passion includes creating and fostering ties among the community with classroom teachers, arts educators, and pre-service students.

School Districts Covered: North Summit, Park City, and South Summit
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program puts specialists trained in one of four art disciplines (visual art, dance, music and theater) in elementary schools to work alongside classroom teachers to develop lesson plans for the core curricula that incorporate art. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) administers the program statewide, and collaborates with deans and university staff from Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University and Westminster College to provide professional development for the arts specialists and classroom teachers. These higher education institutions also work with the USBE to manage the successful implementation of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in their respective areas of the state.