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Theatre / Vocal Music

 Tony Redman

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Tony Redman

Tony Redman is a native of Indiana where he received his B.A. in Musical Theatre from Ball State University and was a proud Ball State Singer.  During college he began a professional performing career in local theme parks, which led him to further pursue a career in regional dinner theatres, Branson, several cruise ships and eventually performing internationally for a year in Japan.  He stumbled his way into teaching public school after building a successful a private piano and voice lessons business.  He earned his M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University and landed at Burbank Unified in 2004.  After 14 years at Luther, he is proud to have come a long way from his first choir of 7 students.  The LBMS Vocal Music Association now consist 4 choirs compromised of nearly 200 students and a musical theatre class.  The 2 competing show choirs at Luther have taken home many 1st place trophies in competitions throughout southern California as well as awards for outstanding musicianship and showmanship.  Additionally, he established the LBMS musical theatre program in 2010 which presents a large-scale musical every spring.  He also created Luther’s very own middle school show choir competition, ‘Light Up the Stage’, and he hosts the Trills & Thrills Music festival every spring.  Tony Redman is a native of Indiana where he received his B.A. in Musical Theatre from Ball State University and was a proud Ball State Singer.  During college he began a professional performing career in local theme parks, which led him to further pursue a career in regional dinner theatres, Branson, several cruise ships and eventually performing internationally for a year in Japan.  He stumbled his way into teaching public school after building a successful a private piano and voice lessons business.  He earned his M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University and landed at Burbank Unified in 2004.  After 14 years at Luther, he is proud to have come a long way from his first choir of 7 students.  The LBMS Vocal Music Association now consist 4 choirs compromised of nearly 200 students and a musical theatre class.  The 2 competing show choirs at Luther have taken home many 1st place trophies in competitions throughout southern California as well as awards for outstanding musicianship and showmanship.  Additionally, he established the LBMS musical theatre program in 2010 which presents a large-scale musical every spring.  He also created Luther’s very own middle school show choir competition, ‘Light Up the Stage’, and he hosts the Trills & Thrills Music festival every spring.  

 

Instrumental Music

 Ashley Suhr

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Ashley Suhr

Ashley Suhr has been teaching middle school music since 2005.  She is a Southern California native and received a Bachelors in Music Education and her teaching credential from University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a member of the UCLA Marching Band, Concert Band and Chorale.  Prior to teaching at Luther, Ashley Suhr has been the instrumental music director and electives department chair at Arthur E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas, CA and the music director at Compton Junior High in Bakersfield, CA.  Her bands and orchestras have performed all over Southern California at music festivals and theme parks.  For more than a decade Ashley Suhr has helped thousands students learn to play instruments and discover a love of music.   

Visual Arts

 Leone Avery

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Leone Avery

Leone Avery is the Fine Arts teacher at Luther Middles School. She attended U.C. Santa Cruz and graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Masters in Interior Architecture UCLA/Cal Poly Pomona. The last nine years she has taught digital art and fine art in Northern California and Los Angeles, ranging from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Her professional goal is helping develop and expand children's problem-solving skills, stretching their creativity, channeling personal expression, with an emphasis on art history. Traveling is her other love, she has driven to 37 out of 50 states in America visiting drive-in movie theaters, seen parts of Europe, Central America, and Australia. She is also a mother of twin boys and runs an interior design business as her side hustle. 

Media Arts

 Luke Gattuso

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Luke Gattuso

Luke Gattuso is the Digital Media teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School. His classes give students the opportunity to use professional level media tools to experiment with photography, videography, animation, sound design, and programming. He is constantly thrilled and inspired by the creative ways his learners express themselves through digital art.

Culinary Arts

 Lisa Raluy

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Lisa Raluy

Lisa Raluy has been teaching at Luther for the past 22 years. She spent ten years as a 7th grade social studies teacher before being offered a position to teach culinary arts in a brand-new beautiful kitchen at Luther. Having spent years practicing her craft of hostessing and catering events on the side, merging her two passions of teaching and cooking seemed like a natural fit. Since her time as Luther's culinary teacher she has created a fantastic program whereby 6th, 7th, and 8th graders travel along a continuum beginning with health and nutrition, to worldly cuisines, to cooking at home and finally cooking for the community. Last year she debuted Cafe Lu which is a student-run cafe where staff members enjoy the many fresh selections offered on a weekly basis. Everything is scratch-made and students are exposed to a myriad of ingredients. Not only are their skills improving as they continue in her program, but their palettes are indeed challenged as well. Her catering class has prepared delectable food for district personnel, Warner Brothers, the City of Glendale, and other Burbank schools. Career technical education is thriving at Luther with a most practical course of study in the ever-evolving culinary arts world.