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Upper School Visual and Performing Arts

At ESD, we wholeheartedly believe that participation in the Fine Arts is an essential component in the education of the whole child. The arts allow students to express themselves through a variety of disciplines. They require students to think critically, create expressively, take risks, accept failure, and persevere. 

Across divisions, our students have the opportunity to learn from some of the finest artists and teachers as they develop their artistic skills. Our teachers aren’t just experts, they are passionate and professional working artists who encourage creativity, self-expression and skilled craftsmanship. 

To meet your child's teacher, please click on the "Video" link found underneath the photo.

Please note, some teachers teach multiple subjects. After clicking the video link, you may need to scroll to find your child's subject.

Barbara Brault

Barbara Brault

Upper School Ceramics Teacher
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art, Northern Michigan University
Master of Arts in Ceramic Art, New Mexico State University
Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art, University of Dallas
Glen Dawson

Glen Dawson

Middle and Upper School Dance Teacher, Fifth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance, University of Texas
Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Southern Methodist University
Adrian Demian

Adrian Demian

Middle and Upper School Strings Director, Fifth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, National University of Music Bucharest
Master of Music in Violin Performance, National University of Music Bucharest
Doctoral of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature in Violin, Eastman School of Music
George Fiala

George Fiala

Upper School Photography Teacher, Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Science in Photography, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Nadaha Garcia

Nadaha Garcia

Upper School Technical Theatre Teacher and Program Director, Ninth and Tenth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Stephen F. Austin State University
Doug Jordan

Doug Jordan

Middle and Upper School Band Director, Seventh Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Master of Music in Music Education, University of Miami
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (ABD), University of Miami
Todd Kessler

Todd Kessler

Upper School History Teacher and Upper School Speech & Debate Teacher, Ninth and Tenth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in History, Virginia Tech University
Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech University
Dane Larsen

Dane Larsen

Upper School Sculpture Teacher, Ninth and Tenth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, University of Texas
Juan Negroni

Juan Negroni

Upper School Studio Art Teacher, Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, School of Fine Arts and Design of Puerto Rico
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Southern Methodist University
Joe Snyder

Joe Snyder

Upper School Choir Teacher, Ninth and Tenth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Music Education, Concordia College
Master of Arts, Stephen F. Austin State University
Bobby Weiss

Bobby Weiss

Upper School Film Teacher, Ninth and Tenth Grade Advisor
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Maryland Institute College of Art
Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Syracuse University