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Dr. Scott Rudes

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Dr. Scott Rudes

Principal

Scott Rudes, Ph.D., is the principal of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX.  Prior to his appointment at BTWHSPVA, Dr. Rudes served as the principal at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Tampa, Florida.  During his tenure, Orange Grove was recognized by the state of Florida as an Arts Achieve! Model School, and received the Exemplary Schools designation from the Arts Schools Network.  Dr. Rudes was also recognized by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) as the Arts Administrator of the Year for 2012, and received the Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award from the Arts Schools Network as well.  In 2013, he was recognized by the Broadway Educator League with the League Educator Apple Award, which acknowledged his work in bringing together arts organizations in the Tampa area to improve arts education experiences in the K-12 spectrum.

               Dr. Rudes also served as the assistant principal for magnet curriculum at Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts, where he was responsible for the entire fine arts magnet program. Under his leadership, the program expanded from 650 students to over 850 students, and the curricular program was redesigned to include expanded offerings in theatre and media production. Prior to becoming an administrator, Rudes served as the director of orchestral studies at Bloomingdale High School. During that time, the orchestra program expanded to almost 150 students in 4 separate orchestras. Under his direction, the orchestra program received Superior ratings at both the District and State Music Performance Assessments on numerous occasions. Rudes has served as the President of the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) as well as President of the Florida Network of Arts Administrators (FNAA). He and his incredible wife, Ginny, have three children: Joshua, Jacob, and Mary Natalie, who are all on this artistic journey of life with their dad!

 srudes@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1204 | Room 165b


 Garry Williams

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Garry Williams

Dean of Arts Concervatories

A Dallas native and proud Booker T. Washington graduate, Garry Williams is an artist and arts educator with over 20 years of experience in education. Serving as a teacher, advocate, and administrator, he has worked diligently to ensure that scholars and teachers have meaningful opportunities that promote excellence in the arts and academics.

As a Director of Fine Arts, Garry has worked with all performing and visual arts disciplines from PreK through 12th grade. This included the development of a cohesive vertical pipeline for instruction in visual arts, piano, dance, theater, and vocal music. He illuminated the importance of educational exposure experiences by partnering with arts organizations and supporters, such as, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and North Park Center. He also served as an executive producer for the district’s annual fine arts production, held at both the Meyerson Symphony Center and the historic Majestic Theater, which showcased the talents of 300+ scholars.

Additionally, he enjoys being a part of the arts community and continuing to perform as an artist. He has had the pleasure of collaborating with Uptown Players, Soul Rep Theatre, and Sammons Center for the Arts, along with an upcoming collaborative engagement with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.

Garry obtained a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. He is humbled and elated to have the opportunity to return to Booker T. and serve alongside a creative and passionate group of artists, educators, and scholars.

 


Dr. Cedric Barrett

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Dr. Cedric Barrett

Dean of Operations

Cedric Barrett is a native of Dallas, Texas and a product of the Dallas Independent School District. Dr. Barrett is a former elementary and middle school band director. He has served as an administrator in Dallas ISD & Athens ISD.

Cedric is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Soul Rydaz Motorcycle Riding Club where he provides community service throughout the Dallas Metroplex. Each year he participates in the Wynnewood Fellowship Church toy drive and feeding the homeless.

He is a musician who enjoys playing a variety of instruments and currently serves as the Minister of Music at Wynnewood Fellowship Church. He and his family reside in Garland and in his spare time he enjoys sports and riding motorcycles. Cedric Barrett is very passionate about education and the academic achievement of all students. He looks forward to working with the staff, students, parents and community.

cebarrett@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1222 | Room 165a


 Fern Tresvan

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Fern Tresvan

Director of Artistic Programs

Fern Tresvan, a professional dancer for 30 years, has been in dance education for over 40 years. With a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah (1974) and a MFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University (1983) along with a Lifetime Teaching Credential from the state of Texas, Ms.Tresvan has taught and performed extensively throughout the western United States.

Fern began her teaching career as dance faculty at the University of Northern Colorado immediately upon graduation from the University of Utah and, along with Sandra Minton, strengthened that program for eight years. While pursuing her MFA at Southern Methodist University, she became a performing member of the Dancers' Unlimited Repertory Company and worked part-time, then full time as a faculty member at Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts.

Ms. Tresvan's choreography has been seen on many university dance ensembles including Arizona State University, Southern Missouri State University, and Texas Women's University. Not only was her work seen on Dancers' Unlimited but also on the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Along with her dance credits, Ms.Tresvan spent the first 20 years of her career as a freelance production stage manager and lighting designer for dance productions.

For the last 23 years, Ms. Tresvan has been on the dance faculty at the Vancouver School of the Arts and Academics in Vancouver, Washington. Along with her colleague Jackie Sacks, she was instrumental in developing the state standards for secondary dance in the state. The Washington Association of Physical Education Recreation and Dance recognized her as the State's Dance Educator of the Year in 2013. Her long association with writers has turned
her into a closet scribe herself and she will hopefully continue to indulge a recently discovered passion for acting.

Whenever possible and even when encouraged not to do so, Ms. Tresvan advocates for the visual and performing arts for all students in all communities.
 

ftresvan@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1239 | Room 270


 Sharon Cornell

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Sharon Cornell

PR Specialist/Magnet Coordinator

Sharon Holland Modabberi Cornell was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she attended Dallas I.S.D. schools graduating with a concentration in dance from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) formerly known as the Arts Magnet.

After high school she graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she is the Magnet Coordinator/Public Relations Specialist at BTWHSPVA. In that position she regularly coordinates communications with television and print media personnel and the school, writes news releases, oversees the application process and directs the annual Senior Showcase.

She has over 25 years of experience in public relations and has been a guest speaker at events in the U.S., the U.K. and Bermuda. Sharon is a member of many community and arts boards in the Dallas area. In 2019, she was awarded the Revolutionary Award from the Arts Magnet Advisory Board for outstanding contributions to the arts. Her family has a deep educational and community history in Dallas with a school named after her grandfather. She is married and has three adult children and two stepchildren that all graduated from BTWHSPVA.

smodabberi@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1227 | Room 210


 Cathy Vernon

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Cathy Vernon

Coordinator of Campus Activities / Testing Coordinator

I began my career at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in August, 2009, as the Activities Coordinator. Prior to that, I spent 13 years at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas and 2 years at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas.

I have a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Texas, with a degree in Occupational Training & Development. My certifications are in CATE, Technology Applications, and Health.

I have also completed over 25 hours of graduate studies in Education Administration. In addition to being the campus Activities Coordinator, I am also the Yearbook Advisor and Student Council Advisor.

cvernon@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1238 | Room 106


 Ben Doan-Stevens

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Ben Doan-Stevens

Production Coordinator

Ben's love for the Arts began in high school where he was active in theatre, choir and dance. Since then, Ben has led a varied life which includes being a runner-up national debate champion, managing a Burger King, starting a non-profit theatre in Albuquerque and 11 years as high school theatre teacher in Mesquite, McKinney and Highland Park.

Ben is married and has two fur babies; Henry and Lily. Ben is a singing member with the Turtle Creek Chorale and stage manages their main stage concert series.

bdoanstevens@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1219 | Room 270