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 the development and delivery of arts professional learning and instructional resources. They also serve as invaluable sources of support and information for arts teachers across the district.

Our Specialists represent four arts disciplines (Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre) across two grade bands (K–8 and 9–12).

The Arts Instruction Specialist position application is open each school year to any certified PreK-12 CPS arts teacher at a district-managed, charter, or contract school. This is a paid position. If you are a CPS arts teacher interested in joining the cohort, please fill out our Arts Teacher Leader Interest Form to stay apprised of application dates.

To learn more about our Specialists, please email

2020–21 Arts Instruction Specialists

Gina Spears, Portage Park Elementary
Marion (MK) Victorson, Hibbard Elementary
Elisa Foshay, Jones College Prep High School

Frank Cademartori
, CICS-Irving Park
Kelley Gossler, Lincoln Park High School
Jenai Jenkins, Pritzker Elementary
Leo Park, Northside College Prep High School
Leah Stephens, Sor Juana Elementary

Alison Connelly,
Hamline Elementary
Layne Drinkwater, Benito Juarez Community Academy
Jeremy Guidry, Ravenswood Elementary
Krista Motley, King College Prep High School

Annamaria Castellucci Cabral
, Ogden International High School
Catherine (Kitty) Conde, Ravenswood Elementary
Peter Mariani, Clinton Elementary
Claire Reynes, Twain Elementary
Lara Spyer, Brighton Park Elementary
Sarah Willett, Skinner North Classical School
Kat Tae, Jones College Prep High School