Physical Education Specialist
Dr. Farias "Doc"
My name is Dr. Brian Farias ("Doc"), and I am the Music Specialist here at Antonello Elementary! I am originally from New Jersey, and have lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, and moved here to Las Vegas in 2013. I have been teaching Music in schools since 1985, and have also been a performer of Music for even longer! My training includes a Bachelors Degree (BME) from the Boston Conservatory, a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rutgers University. I have also done certification in Orff Levels 1 and 2 at UNLV which is supporting the Music Curriculum in CCSD, World Drumming 1, courses in arts integration with academics ("ConFABulation"), and more! Currently, I am also in the process of becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher as well! I have taught public school music in grades K-12 in vocal, instrumental, and general music all across the country, and still perform as a Saxophone/Clarinetist in town doing Musicals (Charleston Heights Arts Center Rainbow Company), have been the Principal Clarinetist in the UNLV Community Band., and will be participating in the CSN band and jazz band! I am super excited to continue the great Music program Antonello ES is known for, and looking forward to bringing my experiences to the students and staff here as well! GO EXPLORERS!!!
My name is Lammel Szeitz. I have taught Visual Art since 1990! My Bachelor of Science in Art Education K-12 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture are from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. My Masters in Fine Arts Integration into Curriculum (including music, dance, storytelling, poetry, math and science) is from Lesley University at Cambridge. I also have a Masters in Gifted and Talented Education from Sierra Nevada, Tahoe. I have completed the Center for Teaching Excellence program, adding degrees in Diverse Learners and Technology in the Classroom. I have mentored seven student teachers, fourteen first year teachers, held offices in the Arts Teachers of Southern Nevada, presented at Art Teacher Inservices and the University of Touro. I taught at Mountain View ES and Gilbert Magnet School for the Arts for five years each.
I love teaching visual art because it is a joyful and motivating way for children to learn about themselves and the world around them. Accurate observation, analysis and creative problem solving are the hallmarks of a great education for our future leaders. Science, cultural references, literature and music are incorporated into each art project in a wide variety of media.
My interests beyond the visual arts are wide ranging. Classic literature, cosmology, biology, nutrition, brain research, poetry, graphic (comic) novels, history, anthropology, leadership, yoga and multicultural music. I am fascinated by the overlap of sciences and humanities.
I come from a family of working artists, engineers and visual art educators. My husband is a math teacher. My son is majoring in Aviation and ROTC at Rancho HS. He enjoys parkour, hockey and mariachi guitar. My daughter majored in Photography and Vocal Arts at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. She is now traveling the world...when not teaching art!
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