Pro Team Categories Archives: Year 6 and 7

Ms. Baker (Juleta Severson-Baker)

Juleta holds her AMRC Speech Arts and Drama diploma, an Honours degree in Drama from the University of Alberta and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. She taught drama for the University of Alberta, both on satellite campuses in communities like Maskwacis and Slave Lake, and in Edmonton. Since 2001, Juleta has taught classes and private lessons in public speaking and debate, drama, and the performance of poetry at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary. Juleta has been an adjudicator of speech and drama festivals all across Alberta and BC. She is also a published poet. Her 2013 poetry collection, Incarnate, was short-listed for the national Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize as well as the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize. Her biggest sources of pride are her two teenage children.

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Ms. Charlotte Nixon

Charlotte Nixon is an actor, director, designer, filmmaker and playwright from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.  Charlotte has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from the University of Lethbridge. She has been teaching middle school drama for over ten years. Charlotte has also worked with Alberta Ballet, Encore: The Junior High Drama Festival,  Alberta Teacher’s Fine Arts Council, and Stratford Festival’s Teacher Conference.
It is her love of teenage drama that inspires her to write plays for today’s modern middle schooler. Charlotte has several published pieces, including her newest pirate play Silver’s Secret that was recently published by Pioneer Drama.
She is thrilled to be joining the Year 6/7 team at Calgary Arts Academy and using the Art Immersion educational philosophy to empower children. In addition to teaching students, Charlotte also works with educators from across Western Canada as an artist, teacher consultant, curriculum guide.
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Mr. Rob Lewis

Mr. Lewis started at Calgary Arts Academy in 2012, initially doing his student-teacher practicum, then as a full-time teacher.

Originally from Winnipeg, in 2001 he graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax with majors in Marine Biology and Biochemistry.  For four years, he taught microbiology at the university and researched grey seals on Sable Island, Nova Scotia.

In 2005, he created the charity Push for the Cure. As an inaugural event, he long-boarded with three friends from coast to coast, raising nearly $1 million for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Mr. Jeff (Ledge) Eisen

Jeff Eisen has been a commercial artist, designer and creative director for over three decades.  After finishing three years at the Ontario College of Art, Jeff continued to explore a variety of different ways to express himself, adding computers to his repertoire in the mid 1990s.  With a wealth of industry and practical knowledge, he has found teaching to be the perfect place to share his experience and apply his skills to educate the next generation of creative students.

He feels that Calgary Arts Academy is like summer camp everyday and, at this point in his career, he wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

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Ms. Amanda Bonnell

Ms. Amanda Bonnell started with Calgary Arts Academy in 2013.

She is a Calgary based Dance Artist specializing in West African dance and dance education for both children and adults.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts in dance with distinction at the University of Calgary in 2006, and has since focused her research and training in West African dance.

Travel has facilitated much of experiential learning and will continue to guide her explorations of the intersections between dance and culture.

Amanda’s interest in this field has taken her to Toronto, Victoria, California, Chicago, Sweden and West Africa on several occasions. She has worked as an arts administrator with W&M Dance Projects and choreographed for companies such as Alberta Dance Theatre.  She has worked as an artist in residence for the past five years, teaching children in various schools throughout the city.

She is grateful to hold the position of Dance / Movement Artist at Calgary Arts Academy.

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