Specialists

ARTS SPECIALISTS
Kate Hoffman, Visual Arts Specialist (Grades TK/K, 2nd, 3rd and 4th)

khoffman@losfelizarts.org

The Arts at LFCSA Website

Kate Hoffman is an active Teaching Artist and Visual Artist. She received her MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego and a BFA in Fiber Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Since 1999 she has been following her passion for project based learning, working with youth and art in Baltimore, Cambridge, Baton Rouge, and San Diego city schools before landing in Los Angeles in 2009. This past summer found her working on a stop-motion animation as an artist-in-residence at the Tides Institute Museum of Art in Maine. She has previously been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Canada, the Birch Creek Ranch in Utah and at Centre Est-Nord-Est in Quebec. In 2012, she had solo exhibitions of her whaling meets the underground railroad project, Black Gold-Liquid Gold, the Golden Age of Whaling at Whittier College and at the ATA Gallery in San Francisco. In 2015 and 2014 she was included in local art and performance exhibitions; HomeLA/ JB Merrill House, Squaring the Circle in Llano del Rio, Art School at Human Resources and Surface Tensions at the Institute for Generosity and Labor.  As part of the Arts Team at LFCSA she is as eager to share her expertise and enthusiasm for working across art mediums as she is to learn from those in her greater community both young and tall.

Whitney Salyer, Dance Specialist 

wsalyer@losfelizarts.org

The Arts at LFCSA Website

Whitney Salyer received her M.A. in Dance Education with a K-12 certification from New York University and her B.A. in Dance and the Liberal Arts from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. She has danced with the Huntingdon Dancers, Douglas Dunn and Dancers in New York City, and with Alabama Dance Theatre. Whitney taught in the Dance Program at Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School in Montgomery, Alabama for three years, and served as the program director for another three years. During her time in Alabama, she helped write the Dance Frameworks and establish the Best Practices in Dance Education for the Montgomery County Board of Education. Whitney has conducted numerous dance integration workshops for the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts and Very Special Arts. She is a member of AAHPERD and the National Dance Education Organization. In 2012, Whitney moved to Los Angeles to pursue professional, personal, and creative endeavors. In Los Angeles, Whitney has taught at The Buckley School, Gabriella Charter School, and Camino Nuevo, but is ecstatic to have finally found a home at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. As her third year with LFSCA begins, she looks forward to continuing the magic and joy each student brings to dance class!

Evelyn Serrano, Visual Arts Specialist (K/1, 4/5 multiage, and 5th grades) and Arts Integration Director

eserrano@losfelizarts.org

The Arts at LFCSA – Specialists’ Blog

LFCSA’s Arts Integration Page

Evelyn Serrano is a Cuban multidisciplinary artist and educator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, School of Art, in Valencia, California.  She is currently pursuing a Masters in Education. Evelyn has exhibited her work in many solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.  She has curated visual and performing arts events  throughout the United States as well as in Montevideo, Tel Aviv, Miami, Tijuana, and La Habana. In addition to her teaching at LFCSA, Serrano currently teaches at CalArts, and has lectured and led workshops in Miami, Mexicali, Dallas, and La Habana to name a few.  She has many years of experience in the arts non profit world, and is the Artistic Co-Director of KonKuey Design Initiative.  Her work as a solo artist and with diverse communities has been recognized by the Surdna Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town, Art Place America, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, among others.

Evelyn began her journey as an educator in 2003, and joined the LFCSA community in 2010. Her work with LFCSA students and teachers aims to create opportunities for impactful, artful, interdisciplinary, and civically engaged learning experiences. She believes that access to arts education is a student’s right, and sees the power of the arts manifested in her students’ lives every day. In her role as Arts Integration Director,  she works with arts specialists, classroom teachers, administration, parents, and community partners, to advance the school’s vision for arts integrated, civically engaged, progressive education.  She oversees the school’s Artist in Residency program, events with guest artists, and the Catalyst Network, a group of LA-based arts education advocates working to bring the arts to the core of K-12 education.  She feels privileged to be able to work every day with a team of passionate educators, fearless students, and visionary administrators. Evelyn loves to travel, garden, spend time with family and friends, and work on new artistic adventures. 

Kelsey Smith, Music Specialist

ksmith@losfelizarts.org

The Arts at LFCSA

Kelsey Smith is a Los Angeles native, is a Soprano vocalist and music educator who began her collegiate career at Berklee College of Music as a Vocal Jazz and R&B Performance major before returning to California to pursue her interests in the fields of music education and psychology. She is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in Music Education and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology.  She is a Kodaly certified music educator and has worked with musicians from diverse backgrounds and of all ages in Choir, Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, and General Music.  A member of the LFCSA community since 2013, she has cultivated a passion for creating responsive and integrated music curriculum that touches on the many different aspects of music including, music technology, global and cultural music, history through music, songwriting, guitar and audio technology studies, the science of sound, music as a universal language, and more. 

As a member of the LFCSA Arts Team, she is looking forward to opportunities to collaborate and integrate, drawing on the interests of her students as well as the academic curriculum.  In her free time she loves to do yoga, cook, explore Los Angeles, travel, and of course, make music.

P.E. SPECIALIST
Andreas Wenger, P.E. Teacher & Operations Manager

awenger@losfelizarts.org

Mr. Wenger’s Page

Originally from Switzerland, Andreas Wenger first came to California in 1994 on vacation.  In the summer of 2006 he was one of many parent volunteers who came out to the first LFCSA site in Hollywood to help with whatever was needed:  Putting furniture together, painting hallways, etc.  From the beginning LFCSA had a very warm and caring vibe to it and Andreas was captured by it.  Soon he was hired and became “Mr. Wenger”, one of the founding teachers at LFCSA.   As a three-time Ironman triathlete and soccer player Mr. Wenger understands what it means to be an athlete.  Although he claims, “We’re just having fun!” the physical education classes he delivers are deliberately designed to foster well-being and academic success for the children. His P.E. program is based upon the Physical Education Framework, which suggests that a healthy, physically active child is more likely to achieve academic success; and he works hard to ensure that each child participates fully. One of his primary values in physical education is to emphasize teamwork and cooperation, insisting that the children minimize competition between them.

As the Operations Manager Mr. Wenger also supervises the campus aides, is the facilities manager, and coordinates safety and emergency procedures at LFCSA. In his spare time he’s still an endurance athlete, loves to backpack, runs an adventure camp for children, and is a nationally certified therapist.