The Department of Arts Education has made it a strategic priority to increase peer-to-peer learning and deeply involve the district’s exemplary arts teachers in the development of quality instructional supports.

To accomplish this goal, we have assembled a cohort of Arts Instruction Specialists—outstanding CPS arts teachers with expert-level disciplinary knowledge and instructional skill who collaborate with the Department on development of arts education instructional supports, including curricular resources and professional learning and serve as invaluable sources of support and information for arts teachers across the district.

Our Specialists represent five arts disciplines (Visual Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, and Media Arts) across two grade bands (K-8 and 9-12).

To learn more about our Specialists, please email

Arts Instruction Specialists for 2018–19

Gina Spears, Boone Elementary
Marion (MK) Victorson, Jahn Elementary
Melinda Wilson, Curie Metro High School

Joshua Dresser, Chicago Technology Academy
Max Vikhter, O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy

Frank Cademartori
, CICS-Irving Park
Kelley Gossler, Lincoln Park High School
Leah Stephens, Sor Juana Elementary

Layne Drinkwater
, Benito Juarez Community Academy
Jeremy Guidry, Ravenswood Elementary
Julie Strassel, Goudy Elementary

Rachel Cohen
, Ogden Elementary
Ellen King, Kellogg Elementary
Brian Mead, Chicago Academy High School