Presenters: Integrating Art and Science Professional Development Workshop

April 26-27, 2019 | Lincoln, NE



Laura Conner, PhD

Laura Carsten Conner is research assistant professor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is the former head of public programs at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, where she directed the development of exhibits and educational programs. She now leads and studies a number of out-of-school programs for youth, with a special interest in equity for girls and art-science connections. Laura enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, and reading Harry Potter books in her free time.


Perrin Teal-Sullivan, MFA

Perrin Teal-Sullivan is an artist, designer, and educator working at the intersection of the arts and sciences. As a graduate student, she studied fine art as well as resilience and adaptation in social-ecological systems. Exposure to the necessity of interdisciplinary approaches for solving humanity’s most complex problems sparked her interest in applying the strengths of art education to broader learning paradigms. Since receiving her MFA, Perrin has focused on designing and facilitating STEAM educational programs for youth and adults. For her, the most satisfying aspect of this work is helping learners develop confidence in their internal capacity to question, understand, and create in the world around them.


Blakely Tsurusaki, PhD

Blakely Tsurusaki is a faculty member in the School of Educational Studies and at the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell). She has expertise in curriculum development, professional development, and culturally relevant teaching and has experience teaching both formal and informal K-12 education. Prior to her position at UW Bothell, she was the STEM director for a nonprofit that provided professional development for STEM K-12 teachers, university faculty, and STEM professionals. Blakely loves to travel, play tennis, and spend time outdoors hiking with her dogs, friends, and family.


Lorinda Rice

Lorinda Rice

Lorinda Rice is the art curriculum specialist for Lincoln Public Schools. She is the NAEA Supervision and Administration director-elect and previously served as Nebraska Art Teacher Association co-president.

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Bob Reeker

Bob Reeker is a K-5 elementary art specialist for Lincoln Pubic Schools and adjunct instructor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he teaches elementary art methods. He is the NAEA Western Region vice president and served previously on the NAEA Board as elementary division director.

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