Meet our Art /Music/Drama Specialists
Jan Adams – Dance Teacher
Jan has danced since she was the age of her students today. She has a BFA in ballet from the North Carolina School of the Arts, danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre, was Dance Captain for the National Tour of “A Chorus Line,” and was a Ballet Mistress for the Ballet Theater of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. She has been teaching in the public schools for over 25 years and has her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. She also taught in the Preparatory Dance Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for 28 years, and is a founding A+ Fellow with the A+ Schools Program. She served as the North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year in 2013-14. She loves teaching here at ABS, helping children to express all they know and love with their bodies!
Amber has a background in band, chorus, and musical theatre and is excited to be able to share her love of music with her students at ABS! She attended UNCSA for high school, and holds degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from UNCG. Amber sings with Bel Canto in Greensboro, and performs in musicals regularly throughout the triad area with various community theaters. She also occasionally serves as musical director for these productions, and teaches private music lessons in Oak Ridge where she lives with her husband and three kids.
From the time she could first talk, Mary has been creating music. Growing up singing and playing guitar and fiddle in her family’s folk band, Mary soon discovered the joys of creating music in a variety of styles and genres. Mary holds Music Education and Performance degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has teaching experience spanning elementary through university levels. As a French hornist, she holds positions in regional symphonies and is a Delos recording artist. Mary is excited not only to be a teacher at ABS, but an ABS parent as well! In her free time, Mary enjoys traveling with her family and their golden retriever.
Elizabeth Gledhill – Art Teacher
Elizabeth received her BFA from the UNCSA School of Design and Production and her MAT in Art Education K-12 at Salem College. She has worked as a scenic artist for Sony, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld and several film productions.
Heidi McIver – Drama Teacher
Heidi was trained in acting and directing at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and now works with students at UNCSA in the summer intensives and in the high school Drama program, teaching Arts for Social Change and ARCH (Artists Reaching Children in the Hospital). She appears on stage and screen throughout the Triad, most recently in Goodly Frame Theatre’s immersive production of King Lear. She has been connected with ABS for ten years now, beginning by choreographing the stage fights for the 5th-grade production of Romeo and Juliet on the Border, and now developing and directing first- through fifth-grade productions throughout the year. She is looking forward to another year of making discoveries in creative collaborations with students and colleagues. Heidi enjoys acting (particularly Shakespeare), directing, and spending time with her husband and her two dogs.
Jordan Brown – Middle School Drama Teacher
Jordan teaches middle school drama and is an enthusiastic member of the ABS team. He is a classically trained actor with a BFA in Drama from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. He recently returned to Winston-Salem from Chicago where he spent much of his professional theater career. He also spent his first full year teaching in the “Acting Out” program at UNCSA, exploring the world of make-believe with Kindergarten through Fifth grade students!
Brian Schmoyer – Visual Art Teacher
Brian Schmoyer will be teaching K-4 art. Brian has worked as an arts educator for the last fourteen years both at public schools and Sawtooth School, most recently at Cash Elementary. He is a creative digital artist with experience in animation and graphic design.