• Meet our Instructional Coaches and Drama Specialist: Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
     
    Thanks to the Utah State Legislature for funding this arts learning initiative.    
     
     
      BTS Logo 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.
     
    2017-18, this year we have added a Drama Specialist at Stewart Elementary!
     
     
     
    BTSALP Drama Specialist, Stewart Elementary  -  Andra Thorne
     
    Andra Thorne    Andra has spent the last 20 years as a theater teacher, director and designer at Davis High School. She holds a B.S. in Theater Education/Communications from Weber State University and an MA from Southern Utah University in Arts Administration. She is the creator and director of "Ready, Set, PLAY!" a high school arts integration group that travels to elementary schools offering educational support through the arts. She is currently president of the Utah Advisory Council of Theater Teachers, an organization serving over 300 theater educators state wide. When Andra isn't involved in theater or teaching, she enjoys camping with her family, running, cooking, coloring and sleeping. Andra lives in Clearfield with her husband Ryan and their three children, RyLeigh, Duncan and Amylee. 
     
     
     
     
     
    Music Instructional 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 Instructional Coach  -   Shanda Stenger
       
         Shanda Shanda has loved teaching the last 3 years between Granite and Davis School Districts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Music Education with an Elementary Music Endorsement from the University of Utah. She is certified in Level 1 Orff/Schulwerk. Shanda loves to find unique ways to reach students through music and integration of fine arts, core curriculum, and technology. She loves to laugh, read books, and spend time with her family.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Visual Art Instructional 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.