VPAA Instructors


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.


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.


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. 

Dr. Don Krudop

Education: Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music in Conducting, Bachelor of Music Education - Shenandoah University; Master of Education in Administration - Regent University

Experience: Dr. Don Krudop came to Virginia Beach from Mendham, New Jersey. He has been employed with the Virginia Beach City Public School system since 1975 and has taught at all levels. He is the Lead Teacher for the Vocal Music Programs at the Visual & Performing Arts Academy and Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition, Dr. Krudop is Director of Choral Activities at Regent University, Artistic Director of the Virginia Beach Chorale, and Music Director at Heritage United Methodist Church.
Dr. Krudop earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education, Master of Music in Conducting, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. He studied conducting with Robert Shafer, Artistic Director of the City Choir of Washington. He also earned a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

Choirs from Salem HS and The Visual & Performing Arts Academy have performed in Carnegie Hall  and Lincoln Center (NYC), the White House and the National Cathedral (Washington, DC), Westminster Abbey (London, England), Yorkminster (York, England), Bath Abbey (Bath, England), Cardiff Cathedral (Cardiff, Wales), Universal Studios and Disney World (both in Orlando, FL). They have also appeared at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference and the Southern Division conference of the National Association for Music Education, and have sung with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphonicity (the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach and at the Virginia Arts Festivals International Tattoo.

Dr. Krudop was named Virginia’s Music Educator of the Year, Salem High School’s Teacher of the Year, was the recipient of the Shenandoah University Distinguished Alumni, is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” “Who’s Who in America,” and was selected as one of Hampton Roads “Ten Top Teachers” by Coastal Virginia magazine. He is a Past President of the Virginia Choral Directors Association, a past Choral Mentor for the National Association for Music Education and is well known throughout the Mid-Atlantic as a guest conductor, choral coach, and adjudicator. Dr. Krudop lives in the Bayside neighborhood of Virginia Beach with his wife, Susan. They have two sons, James and Marc, both graduates of Salem High School.

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.