Endowed Chairs

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, Duchesne, Jordan, Nebo, North Sanpete, Provo, South Sanpete

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: Washington

Alisa Petersen

SUU Endowed Chair

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

Nicole R. Robinson

U of U Endowed Chair

Dr. Nicole R. Robinson is currently Interim Assistant Vice President for Equity and Diversity, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Leadership Fellow, and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Presidential Endowed Professor of Elementary Music Education at the University of Utah. Prior to her visiting appointment in 2013-2014 and joining the faculty in 2014, she held positions at Syracuse University, University of Memphis, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Robinson has earned national recognition for her community engagement projects, university-district partnership models, and her ability to create sustainable, reform-oriented professional learning communities particularly in large, urban districts. She researches issues of access to quality music education for traditionally racialized and marginalized children, socio-cultural inequities in music education practices and programs, and (re)conceptualizing practices to support a critical consciousness for inclusive excellence among music educators. Dr. Robinson is regularly invited to guest lecture at professional meetings, school districts, and colleges and universities around the country. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published in several professional research journals including Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Journal of National Association for the Education of Young Children and Action, Criticism and Theory in Music Education. Also, she co-authored two textbooks: Teaching Elementary Music: Integrating Music with Other Academic Subjects (2011) and General Music: A K-12 Experience (2016).

Dr. Robinson began her teaching career as an elementary and middle school music teacher in Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools in North Carolina. She earned a BA and MM in Music Education from North Carolina Central University and a PhD in Music Education from The Florida State University.

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

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, Tooele

Leslie Timmons

USU Interim Endowed Chair

Leslie Timmons, Associate Professor, is responsible for the flute studio and elementary music methods in the Music Department, Caine College of the Arts, at Utah State University. She is flutist with the American Festival Orchestra and has performed with Lansing Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Pacific Repertory Opera, and Utah Festival Opera.

As an Orff Schulwerk specialist she has been on the staff of the Cache Children's Choir since her appointment in 1991. She has worked extensively in elementary schools as an Artist-in-Residence with both the Utah Arts Council and the Utah State Office of Education and has served on the national boards of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the American Recorder Society. She directs teacher education courses on the Logan campus each summer and is a clinician for workshops across the country. In 1999 the Utah Music Educators Association designated her "Utah's Outstanding Music Educator".

Leslie is a founding member of the USU faculty woodwind quintet, Logan Canyon Winds. As an ensemble they have commissioned numerous works that engage young audiences in active participation during concerts, sometimes involving students directly in performance. These include works by Professor Emeritus Dennis Griffin, Philip Parker and Libby Larsen. Their most recent work for double quintet, "Sacred Women" by composer Jeff Scott, was premiered at the National Flute Association convention in Las Vegas in 2012.

Her duo ~AirFare~ with clarinetist Nicholas Morrison toured under the auspices of the Utah Performing Arts Tour, as an American Cultural Specialist Abroad and as a representative of the U.S. Department of State and is listed on the Utah Arts Council Arts Education roster on Now Playing Utah. Teaching and performing activities have taken them across the United States and to Haiti, Netherlands, Central America, and the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah.

Leslie was awarded a Fulbright grant for post-graduate study at the Orff Institute/Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and was active in establishing the first Utah Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She is currently serving as Vice President for Elementary Music on the board of the Utah Music Educators Association.

School Districts Covered: Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Duchesne, Grand, Logan, Uintah

Rebecca Penerosa

Westminster Interim 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, South Summit, Park City, Murray

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: Weber, Ogden, Davis
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.