CPS Department of Arts Education

Julia deBettencourt
Director of Arts Education

Drives the mission and vision of the Department of Arts Education, directs the strategic implementation of the CPS Arts Education Plan and associated initiatives in service of increasing the quality and equity of CPS arts education programming.

Shelby Clemons
Program Focus Incubation Manager

Oversees comprehensive supports for incubating Fine & Performing Arts and STEM/STEAM schools.

Open Position
Manager of Professional Learning

Leads planning, design and delivery, and evaluation of all arts professional learning for teachers, Arts Liaisons, administrators, and other stakeholders in the arts community.

Melisa Rutkelis
Manager of Student Programs

Coordinates districtwide student programs, including All-City Performing and Visual Arts, Advanced Arts, and Music and Theatre Festivals.

Jeff Waraksa
Manager of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Oversees development and evaluation of curricular materials and tools that drive achievement for all students in the visual and performing arts.

Lilian Blaser
Arts Professional Learning Specialist

Plans, designs and delivers, and evaluates standards-based arts professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders in the arts community.

Jonya Leverett
Arts Data & Evaluation Specialist

Designs and disseminates qualitative and quantitative analysis tools; captures and analyzes data related to arts teaching and learning in the district.

Jessica Rodrigue
Arts Education Operations Specialist

Coordinates and executes a range of daily operations for the Department of Arts Education, including school grant management, procurement processes, district artwork inventory, and other tasks.

Christine Rudy-Reed
Fine & Performing Arts School Specialist

Guides effective school implementation of Fine and Performing Arts curriculum, instruction, assessment and intervention, with a specific focus on the district’s Fine and Performing Arts magnet cluster schools.

Holly Abney
Arts & Technology Librarian

Designs and delivers supports and resources for district arts teachers who want to practice arts and technology integration in their classrooms..

Nora Guerrero
Student Programs Coordinator

Provides administrative and logistical support for DAE student programs, including All-City Performing Arts, All-City Visual Arts Exhibitions, Music and Theatre Festivals, and Advanced Arts.

Advanced Arts Program Team

Brian Logan
Advanced Arts Program Administrator

Administrator of the Advanced Arts Program, which offers honors, AP, and dual-credit arts courses to CPS juniors and seniors.

Michael Burke
Advanced Arts Program Administrator

Administrator of the Advanced Arts Program, which offers honors, AP, and dual-credit arts courses to CPS juniors and seniors.

Gabriela Lopez
Advanced Arts Program Coordinator

Coordinates and executes a range of daily operations for the Advanced Arts Program.


The Department of Arts Education office is located at:
Chicago Public Schools
42 W. Madison St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Main email: cpsarts@cps.edu
Main phone: (773) 553-2170

Facebook: facebook.com/Arts_CPS
Twitter: @CPS_Arts
Instagram: @CPS_Arts

Advanced Arts Program email: advancedarts@cps.edu
Advanced Arts Program phone: (312) 578-9485

AAP Facebook: facebook.com/AdvancedArtsG37
AAP Twitter: @AdvancedArtsCPS
AAP Instagram: @AdvancedArtsCPS