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    Burbank High School

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THEATRE

 Donovan Glover

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Donovan Glover

Donovan Glover graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television.  He earned his MFA in writing from Naropa University, in Colorado, and his English Language Arts teaching credential from Cal State LA.  As a teacher/director, Glover emphasizes diligence and specificity in developing each student’s individual voice and craft.  Glover is an award-winning actor and playwright.  He’s also a novelist and screenwriter.  He has directed in theaters throughout Los Angeles and, most recently, in Off-Broadway’s Soho Playhouse.  He lives in Burbank with his wife, daughters, and not-so-bright dog, Penny.

DANCE

 Amanda Sandifer

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Amanda Sandifer

Amanda began with at BHS Dance in 2011. At the age of 8 Amanda began dancing at the Talent Factory in Chino. She trained and danced competitively in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, musical theater, tumbling, and lyrical throughout junior high & high school. Following high school, while attending CSU Long Beach, she was on staff at the Talent Factory & Melodie's Dance Theatre (Los Alamitos). She taught children and adults, beginning to competitive dancers, for over 7 years until she was hired to teach dance at Burbank High in 2012. Amanda's educational background includes Dance, Kinesiology, Physical Education, and Pedagogy. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Dance, Option: Dance Science (CSULB), she holds a Single Subject Credential in Physical Education: Concentration in Dance, and graduated with her Masters in Kinesiology (CSULB) in May 2014. Amanda focuses on a well rounded dance technique that builds on artistry and personal expression. She enjoys working with bright, young faces who inspire her everyday. She values the positive influence dance education has on students and the community, and has had the opportunity to watch this program grow in quality and quantity. The best is yet to come!

http://www.burbankhigh.dance

 Mojgahn Emamjomeh

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Mojgahn Emamjomeh

Mojgahn Emamjomeh was introduced to dance at a young age with Persian dance classes. Her love for dance grew as she took other genres of dance and became greatly involved in her middle and high school dance programs. Mojgahn received her Bachelors in Dance and Communications from Cal State Fullerton and, upon graduation, worked in television production. In 2014, she accepted the opportunity to teach middle school dance at her alma mater, Singapore American School, where she realized dance education was her calling. Since receiving her Masters in Education from Pepperdine University, Mojgahn has taught dance at a variety of public schools and continues her dance training around Los Angeles. Mojgahn’s work as an artist, educator and advocate for the arts in schools is inspired by her belief that dance can have a formative impact on students’ expressive, creative, athletic, and social experiences. Although this is Mojgahn's first year teaching at Burbank High School, she did her student teaching here with Amanda Sandifer as her mentor and stayed connected with the BHS dance program by teaching workshops and working with Unleashed. Mojgahn feels lucky to be at school where dance is appreciated school wide and within the Burbank community. She looks forward to her future as a dance educator at BHS with the opportunity to help develop talented, passionate, and creative dancers. 

http://www.burbankhigh.dance

VOCAL MUSIC

 Brett Carroll

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Brett Carroll

Brett Carroll has served as a conductor, musical director, and arranger for live entertainment productions in professional venues across the U.S. and overseas. He has produced and recorded industrial and commercial music for such well-known companies as Ford, Buick, General Foods, Dow Chemical, and Unocal 76 . His music for live productions has been heard in shows from Asia to Europe as well as at the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Carroll also enjoys accompanying professional singers in the L.A. area including a recent performance with Broadway’s Megan Hilty (Wicked/Smash).

Mr. Carroll is an avid vocal clinician and has been a guest instructor for numerous nationally ranked high school choral programs as well as state school music organizations.  Recently, Brett was the director of the Missouri All-State Show Choir and taught clinics at the Missouri Choral Director’s Association Convention for teachers and college students- as well as adjudicating at the inaugural FAME National Show Choir Championships. Last summer, Mr. Carroll taught a graduate seminar course at Mt. Mercy University (IA) for choral directors that focused on new approaches to develop vocal and choral technique in high school singers.

As the Director of the Vocal Music Association at Burbank High School in Burbank, CA., Mr. Carroll conducts 6 vocal ensembles including 4 concert/show choirs who have been awarded top honors at various national festivals from New York to Los Angeles. “In Sync”, Burbank High’s advanced mixed group, was hired to perform in the pilot episode of “GLEE” and subsequently was seen in the show’s “Disco” episode. The BHS choral program continues to strive for artistic innovation and integrity each year through performances of newly commissioned pieces and choreography.

https://www.bhsvocal.com

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

 Justin Klotzle

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Justin Klotzle

Justin Klotzle is in his second year as the Burbank High School Instrumental Music Director. Justin  was born and raised in Southern California. He began his musical studies at the young age of 5, when his mother enrolled him in piano lessons, which he continued for the next 13 years. Always a voracious musician, Justin first picked up a trumpet when he joined his middle school concert band and pursued his studies in trumpet throughout college. Justin earned a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Music Education from UCLA in 2017 and expects to complete his M.A. in Music Education at Boston University in 2020. When not at his desk Mr. Klotzle enjoys reading, sailing, fishkeeping, and fostering at risk cats and kittens.

VISUAL ARTS

 Loi Phan

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Loi Phan

Loi Phan attended Glendale High School before attending the California State University of Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree.  He continued his education at the USIU and received a Master of Arts degree.  Loi returned to Glendale where he taught at the local high school for 16 years until he transferred to the Burbank Unified School District where he has taught since 2006. Loi Phan attended Glendale High School before attending the California State University of Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree.  He continued his education at the USIU and received a Master of Arts degree.  Loi returned to Glendale where he taught at the local high school for 16 years until he transferred to the Burbank Unified School District where he has taught since 2006. 

 Rebecca Platner

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Rebecca Platner

Rebecca Platner is the newest addition to Burbank High School’s fantastic art program. She began teaching in Burbank schools immediately after graduating from UCLA with her Bachelors in Fine Arts, and later received her art credential and Masters in Education. Beginning at Jefferson Elementary School as an artist-in-residence, she moved to a position at Jordan Middle School before accepting the opening at Burbank High for Art Structure and Sculpture. Her personal practice includes painting in acrylic, sculptural works, and ceramics. Rebecca’s goals for her students include more opportunities for exhibiting work, the addition of an Art History class, after school enrichment activities such as screen printing or figure drawing, and forming partnerships with local companies that offer careers in the arts.

SCULPTURE / ANIMATION

 Jonelle Picket

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Jonelle Picket

As an Animation and Sculpture Instructor at Burbank High School, Jonelle enjoys mixing traditional arts with digital and tech tools in her classes to provide students with both foundational skills and contemporary applications. She earned her BA in Art Education from Cal State Long Beach, and an MA in Education with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Focus from Concordia University. She also holds a CTE Credentials in both Arts, Media and Entertainment, and Information Technology. Before teaching in BUSD, she developed the Arts Technology Academy at Gahr High School, and both taught and worked as an independent artist. At BHS she expanded Visual Arts offerings with Sculpture 1, 2 and AP, and invigorated the Animation Program with digital techniques, community partnerships, mentoring and a four year CTE Pathway. Her students enjoy recognition in notable shows and film festivals throughout the U.S., and participate in designing and creating installation and art service projects. She received the 2012 BHS Kiwanis Award, 2015 LA County/BUSD Teacher of the Year, and the 2015 Burbank Arts for All Educator Award.  

Check out BHS Animation & Sculpture student work online:

https://www.youtube.com/BHSanimation/
https://www.facebook.com/BurbankAnimateSculpt/
https://www.instagram.com/msjubu/

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

 James Bentley

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James Bentley

James Bentley has been part of Burbank High School for 10 years and is currently teaching courses in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Photography. As a working professional artist and teacher, he brings a unique skill set to the students in his classroom and to every lesson. James worked as a digital effects artist for Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, and other notable companies before transitioning to his career in education. Currently, James exhibits works of art in gallery exhibitions and regularly participates in creative events across Los Angeles.

FILM / MEDIA

 Amy Winn

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Amy Winn

Amy Winn graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of La Verne.  She worked on various TV shows produced for KTLA and the nightly news on the UPN network.  She also worked as a Media Buyer securing advertising spots on network television for two different Media companies before trading it all in for a chance to work in Education.  She taught English at Burbank High for 12 years earning her Master’s Degree as an Educational Specialist and her CTE Credential in Arts, Media and Entertainment.  This is her 4th year heading up the Digital Media Production and Broadcast Journalism Program which she started from the ground up.  Now with over 150 students each year it’s official—love for film production and broadcast journalism has taken over at Burbank High.  Students produce two weekly news announcement shows through the journalism classes, and film students produce a range of projects including their own short films, PSA’s, commercials and music videos.  Student’s also have the ability to share their work on the BHS-TV YouTube channel.  Students in both classes get experience with a variety of cameras, state-of-the-art equipment in studio, and learn to edit using the Adobe Creative Suite software. Students have conducted interviews with college athletes, motivational speakers, politicians, and even Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons.  Beyond just school news and entertainment, students have tackled such subjects as teen suicide, bullying and abuse in their PSA’s.  In fact, some students have had their short films in festivals and even completed internships at local studios in Burbank.  Amy loves the opportunity to work with so many students that share a passion for this art form and will continue to build the Digital Media Production Program each year. 

STAGECRAFT

 Karen Broderick

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Karen Broderick

Karen Broderick trained as a theatrical desiger at Agnes Scott College and Northwestern University and spent a decade in Atlanta, GA doing set and costume designs for 3 different professional theaters as well as drafting and painting on productions at the largest theaters in town. Freelance work in art departments of films coming through Atlanta prompted a move over to film and eventually film editing which then brought her out to California. After working as an Assistant Editor on a number of films, then getting married to a cameraman and having 2 children, Karen found herself back in the theater supporting student productions and the Fine Arts all over BUSD. Now in her 2nd year of running the CTE Stage Tech class for Burbank High School she actually secretly celebrates her 12th year of producing and designing performances on the BHS stage. She is happy to be employed by the District in Career Tech Ed growing the program to provide a more robust set building and costume component in addition to the already strong lighting, sound and stage management focuses at BHS.

CULINARY ARTS

 Judy Shalhoub

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Judy Shalhoub

Judy Shalhoub has been teaching at Burbank High School for 20 years. She is currently the Culinary Arts Science teacher for Culinary I and II. She has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Home Economics and Consumer Affairs from California State University, Northridge with a minor in Biology Art and her Master of Arts degree in Food Science and Nutrition and an Internship in Dietetics from California State University, Los Angeles. She is a Registered Dietitian of 43 years and has worked at County Hospital doing outpatient counseling and at St. Joseph Medical Center as a Clinical and Chief Clinical Dietitian. Ms. Shalhoub has also extensive experience operating and shopping for a mobile catering business for over 15 years. Her background as a Registered Dietitian is invaluable for bringing nutrition concepts to the classroom in the form of healthy recipes and healthy lifestyle. Ms. Shalhoub’s Culinary II class has also done catering for groups of 300 to 500 people for the District (Employee Recognition Dinner and Top Dog Luncheon) and for the City of Burbank (Creative Arts Center and Nickelodeon Bash) and has created many delicious lunches for the staff at Burbank High School all made from scratch with options for gluten free, lactose free, and vegan patrons! Ms. Shalhoub continues to bring innovative techniques and the latest nutritional information to her students. She has traveled to several countries and her experiences have been invaluable in helping her connect with her students who come from all parts of the globe. Ms. Shalhoub strives to make Culinary Science a class that is fun, easy, nutritious and practical for the students of today.