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Theatre

Sharon Byrd

National Board Certified Teacher
Education: M.F.A. Western Illinois University, B.A. St. Edwards, the University of Texas at Austin. University Licensure in Theatre and English Education Old Dominion University

Experience: Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Over 18 years of Professional Experience in Regional and Off-Broadway Theatre, Television, Commercials, and Film.
2018 Salem High School Teacher of the Year

Christa Vogt

Education: BA in Theatre Arts and Speech Communication, Old Dominion University

Experience: Over 20 years local Acting and Directing experience; served on Board of Directors, Little Theatre Norfolk and Generic Theater; 14 Virginia High School League theatre awards; 4 Virginia Theatre Association awards; 2011-present Academy Curriculum Committee; 2008-2009 Fine Arts Curriculum Committee; 2007 OLHS Teacher of the Year.

Dance

Katie Flint

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. (Magna Cum Laude) Minor in Exercise Science.

Experience: Dancer: George Mason University Dance Company, Teacher/Choreographer: Adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College, Director of Hunter’s Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences’ dance department, and over 17 years of teaching in private dance studios.  Dance Masters of America member. National Dance Education Organization member. Serves on the Academy Curriculum Committee 2015 – present.

Bio:  Katie Flint is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She is a Frank W. Cox High School graduate. Mrs. Flint attended George Mason University where she enjoyed dancing under Susan Sheilds, Elizabeth Price, Dan Joyce, Linda Miller, Jim Lepore, Michelle Lees, and Karen Studd.  She was also a dancer and choreographer for the GMU Dance Company.  While at Mason, Mrs. Flint served as Vice President and President of the Dance Company. Mrs. Flint earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Dance with a Minor in Exercise Science. Mrs. Flint has taught at many private dance studios in both Northern Virginia and the Tidewater area.  She was an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College for six semesters, instructing ballet, modern, and jazz.  Mrs. Flint also ran the dance department at Hunter’s Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences for a year. Katie Flint is currently an active member of Dance Masters of America, passing her DMA exams in ballet, jazz, and modern. Mrs. Flint enjoys teaching ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz, and Zumba. Her favorite style to teach, however, is modern because it is a style that relies heavily on the dancers’ emotions and creativity. She has been privileged to see many of her students continue dancing in a college setting and a few in the professional world. Mrs. Flint has been working in Virginia public schools since 2009.

Ashley Whitlinger

Education: Bachelor of Art in Dance, Old Dominion University

Experience: Adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, Extensive work in private dance studios, 500 hour Yoga Teacher Certification, 50 hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification, Performed with Old Dominion University and Magical Solutions Inc.  Serves on the Academy Curriculum Committee.

Music

Rick Kalinauskas

Education: Bachelor of Music, Music Education, Old Dominion University

Experience: 20 years professional performing experience, Low Brass and Bass Specialist, Clinician, Arranger, Musical Director, Music Technology

Bio: Mr. Rick Kalinauskas II, Director of Instrumental Music, is a graduate from Old Dominion University and an accomplished performer, arranger, and musical director. He has traveled the globe performing for artists as a low brass specialist and bassist. In addition to his performance credits, he is an avid arranger and composer, writing music for all genres and outlets. His arrangements have been featured at theme parks, cruise ships, concert stages, and school bands/orchestras.

Mr. Kalinauskas is the principal euphonium with the Virginia Wind Symphony and principal trombonist with the Tidewater Winds Concert Band. He holds active memberships with the National Association for Music Education, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, the American String Teachers Association, and the Virginia Beach Education Association. In addition, he is affiliated with the International Trombone Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, and the American Federation of Musicians.

Jessica Baker

Education: Master of Music in Music Education-Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelor of Music-East Carolina University

Experience: Jessica Baker is a Virginia Beach City Public Schools graduate, graduating from Kempsville High School and the Governor’s School for the Arts in Instrumental Music.  Ms. Baker is an active Violinist round the Hampton Roads area, including Symphonicity-The Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach, as well as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator.  She is currently in her 11th year as an educator, serving as a Music Educator with Chesapeake City Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools.  She is also an active member of the Virginia Beach Education Association, where she serves on the Board of Directors.  Her professional affiliations include: National Association for Music Educators, Virginia Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association, National Education Association, Virginia Education Association, and the Virginia Beach Education Association.  Ms. Baker is thrilled to join the team at the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School. 

Corbin Pinto

Corbin Pinto is a 2004 graduate of James Madison University and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree. She also earned a Master of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. Corbin studied under Robynne Redmon, Emily Stauch, and Dr. John Little. Corbin has taught choral music in the Virginia Beach City Schools since 2004, with tenure at Tallwood High School (2004-2019) and Bayside High School (2014-2019) before becoming the lead vocal teacher for the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School in Virginia Beach. Her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Virginia Choral Society, Virginia Beach Chorale, and Virginia Symphony. A long-time member of VMEA and NAfME, Corbin has served as District 2 Chair, Choral Rep for District 2, served on state committees, and has chaired All-Virginia choral auditions for her district. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2017.  She teaches private voice lessons and is a frequent adjudicator for choral assessments and auditions. 

Visual Arts

Erin Richburg

Education: 2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Minor in Art History from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. (Magna Cum Laude), 2007 Licensure in Art Education ODU, 2007 Meritorious New Teacher Candidate, MARTP and ODU, 2013 National Board Certification - Art - Early Adolescence through Young Adult.

Bio: Erin Richburg is the current Lead Visual Arts Teacher at Salem High School, and is currently an active member of the NAEA/VAEA and VSTE. Erin’s artwork has been displayed in various locations such as the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London Connecticut, VaMOCA in Virginia Beach, and H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton Va. In 2013 She received her National Board Certification in Visual Arts Early Adolescence through Young Adult. Her desire to foster a love of learning and a deep respect for art to people of all ages has been a driving force in her studies and continues to influence her own art-making. She credits her love of art to her parents who never flinched when she announced she would study visual arts in college and her Art Education professors and mentors for fostering her passion and teaching her how to pass her love of art and learning on to her students.

Jasmine Fountain

Education: 2014 VA Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, Minor in Crafts + Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.  Magna Cum Laude.
2009 Associates of Applied Arts in Studio Arts with Specialization in Crafts from Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, VA Cum Laude

Bio: Jasmine Fountain is originally from Norfolk, Va and is a Granby High School Graduate. While in college, Ms. Fountain became an Artist in Residence at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in 2010. In 2011, her artwork was part of the group Studio Artist Exhibit at the Hermitage Museum. Around this time she was accepted into the BFA program at VCU. In 2013 while at VCU, Ms. Fountain exhibited her ceramic work in the juried Visual Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary Craft + Design Show and her mixed media work in  El Tejido de una Comunidad exhibit. Ms. Fountain is also very involved in her local and national art education association conferences. She has presented on Video Game Design in the art room twice at VAEA and is presenting at the at the 2017 VAEA and 2018 NAEA conferences on High-tech and Low-tech methods of teaching. Ms. Fountain starting her teaching career at Strawbridge Elementary in Virginia beach in the 2014-2015 school year. Since returning home to Hampton Roads, Ms. Fountain continues to stay active in the local arts scene by continuing to exhibit her work, being a board member of Chesapeake Bay Art Association, and attending openings.