(Sarasota, FL) — Any Given Child Sarasota, the partnership between The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Sarasota County Schools designed to expand and enhance opportunities for K-12 students to benefit from the arts, has added two new staff members. Jessica DiLorenzo joins Any Given Child Sarasota as the program’s new arts integration specialist while Maria Schaedler-Luera will serve as program manager.
Both hires were made possible thanks to the four-year Project Elevate grant Any Given Child Sarasota received last year from the U.S. Department of Education.
DiLorenzo is an experienced arts integration specialist who was a founding member of City Neighbors Hamilton in Baltimore, MD, a program rooted in project-based learning and arts integration for elementary school-age students. While there, she taught 1st, 4th and 5th grades and was nominated for teacher of the year honors. She also worked as a teacher at Princeton Junior School, an arts integrated International Baccalaureate school in Princeton, NJ. She holds a master’s degree from Rutgers University in early childhood education and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers in psychology and theater arts. She is also a graduate of The Maggie Flanigan Studio Intensive Summer Program, a premier acting program based in New York City.
As Any Given Child Sarasota’s arts integration specialist, DiLorenzo will be working with teachers and students at four Title 1 elementary schools (Atwater, Brentwood, Emma E. Booker and Tuttle) in Sarasota County to help them improve students’ performance in reading, math and science through arts-integrated instruction. She will also work with teachers throughout the district to help them enhance their arts-integration programming throughout their curriculums.
Schaedler-Luera is a Brazilian-born educator, administrator and performing artist with extensive work experience and knowledge in theater, music, arts and literacy, cross-cultural engagement, ESOL, interpreting, and immigrant communities. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural relations with a concentration in arts for social change from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Prior to joining Any Given Child Sarasota, she worked at the Harvard Art Museums, where she was critical in developing, coordinating and teaching gallery classes to immigrants in English, Portuguese and Spanish, and at the Community Art Center in Cambridge, MA, where she helped develop their community programs and public art initiatives.
As program manager for Any Given Child Sarasota, Schaedler-Luera will help coordinate and manage professional development workshops for area teachers and facilitate arts experience opportunities for students offered through local teaching artists, museums and performance venues.
“We are thrilled to have two individuals of the caliber of Jessica and Maria join the Any Given Child Sarasota team,” said Program Director Brian Hersh. “Their knowledge and experience in education and arts integration will be a valuable benefit to teachers and students throughout Sarasota County Schools and to the overall success of our Project Elevate grant.”
One of only sixteen programs of its kind nationwide, Any Given Child Sarasota was established as a community initiative five years ago to help build high-quality arts, theater, music and dance programs in Sarasota County Schools. By working with the school district, local arts organizations and corporate and private donors, the program provides access to theater and musical performances, museum visits and other arts experiences for students and helps secure funding for teachers and schools to better integrate arts education into their curriculums.
For more information on Any Given Child Sarasota, call (941) 927-9000 x 31182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.