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Meet our Instructional Coaches: Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
 
Thanks to the Utah State Legislature for funding this arts learning initiative.    
 
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  The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) provides arts-integrated instruction to elementary students, effectively increasing student performance in every subject—from language arts and social studies to math and science. The program is currently in 300 Utah elementary schools in 31 districts (including over 30 charter schools) and is serving approximately 202,800 students.
 
In Davis District, we are funded through BTSALP for specific instructional coaches to support our elementary Music and Visual Art Specialists.  Coaches strive to support the prep-time specialists by providing professional learning opportunities, working individually with specialists, encouraging strong pedagogy & classroom management, and modeling good teaching practice.  Their role is one of support, not evaluation.
 
 
Music Coach  -   Shannon ElmerShannon

     Shannon is a graduate of University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Music Education as well as an Elementary Music Teaching Endorsement. She has taught on and off in Davis School District for the past 12 years as both a classified specialist and a certified teacher. Shannon is certified in Level 1 Orff/Schulwerk and is a distinguished nominee of both the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Legacy in Teaching Award and Davis School District’s CARE award.

 
 
Music Coach  -   Valerie Robinson
    Valerie has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and in Elementary Music Education from Brigham Young University. Valerie has taught elementary music, orchestra, and choir, music preschool, private and group lessons, and worked as a Side-By-Side Music scholar through the BYU ArtBridge Program. In addition to listening, playing, teaching, creating, and loving music, Valerie loves being outside, being active, baking, and spending time with her family


Music Coach  -   Sabrina Addington
    Sabrian Sabrina has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in General Music from Texas Tech University.  She has taught elementary music, middle school choir and 1st grade.  She enjoys playing the flute, singing, dancing, organizing her home and shopping at IKEA. She also loves spending time with her daughters, husband and extended family.
 
 
 
 
 
Visual Art Coach  -   Katie Francis                                                               
Katie Francis

     Katie Francis has been working at Davis School District since 2010 in the elementary Art and Music prep teacher program. She has a Bachelors in Fine Art in Ceramic and Sculpture from Utah State University and a Bachelors in Secondary Composite Art Teaching from Weber State University. When Katie isn't planning lessons or working with teachers in her current position she enjoys cooking, reading books, and teaching her kids how to create new art projects at home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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