VISUAL ARTS TEACHERS


Reta Rickmers, Department Chair

Reta Rickmers
Email Address: rrickmer@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Drawing, Intro to Art, Art Studio 1,2,3
 
Biography: I have pursued art as a personal interest for as long as I can remember.   I have an art studio at home and show my paintings and drawings locally.  After graduating from Chico State, I taught out of the area for two years.  I have taught at PV for many years and I've been Department Chair since 2004.  One of my goals as an art teacher is to help students find a positive creative outlet through the visual arts.  I am amazed constantly by the art created by teen-agers and I am proud that many of my former students have gone on to pursue careers in the arts.  A few years ago I received an Exemplary Program Award from the California Art Educators Association.

Cindy Hopkins

Cindy Hopkins
Email address: chopkins@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Ceramics, Photography 1 & 2, Graphic Arts & Design 1
 
Biography: 

Cindy Hopkins passion for the world of photography began when she was gifted an SLR Canon camera at the age of 12. From that moment on, she has captured the worlds images from her unique perspective. She started ‘playing with dirt’ in 2002 when she took her first ceramics class. Through advising journalism, she learned how to apply the principles of design in the graphic arts. Now she shares her passion for photography, ceramics and graphic design with her students. In addition to teaching, Cindy loves to travel and photograph her adventures. The greatest adventure of her life is being a mom. Her daughter Danika, is the delight of her life.



Jill McKay

Email Address: jmckay@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Into to Art, Digital Arts Exploration
 
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DRAMA TEACHERS


Tamara Jensen

Email Address: tjensen@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Drama 1, Drama 2, IB Theater, Stagecraft, Director of Plays/Musicals
 
Biography: I have been doing theater since I was 14 years old.  I started out as a runner - a small role behind the scenes.  Nothing could have captivated me more - seeing actors on stage, smelling makeup and hairspray, colors and design of lights and set. It became my addiction and I haven't stopped.  I graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in Theater Arts - technical/directing and also have a minor in Creative Writing - playwriting.  In order to teach theater, I earned a secondary English credential in 1999 and have been at PVHS ever since.  I believe that anyone and everyone has a place in theater - as actor, designer, director, or producer - and that theater can change the world.

MUSIC TEACHERS


Ryan Heimlich

Band
Email Address: rheimlich@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Band (Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band), Jazz Bands, Choir, Music Theory
 
Biography: Ryan Heimlich holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from The University of California, Berkeley and a Master's Degree in Music from California State University, Chico, studying clarinet with Robert Calonico at UC Berkeley and Dr. Russell Burnham at CSU, Chico.  Furthermore, Ryan has served as Assistant Conductor of the North State Symphony and Graduate Assistant to the CSU, Chico Bands, studying conducting with Dr. Kyle Wiley Pickett and Dr. Royce Tevis at CSU, Chico.  Ryan currently teaches band, jazz band, choir, and music theory at Pleasant Valley High School and clarinet at CSU, Chico.  Ryan has performed with The Temptations, Amy Grant, the North State Symphony, North Valley Chamber Singers, Napa Valley Choral Society, Paradise Symphony, CSU, Chico Chamber Music Series, CSU, Chico Choral and Wind Ensembles, the Shasta Symphony, and many other music and theater productions.  Furthermore, Ryan has conducted Spamalot, The Will Rogers Follies, and The Addams Family for Chico State, as well as Les Miserables for California Regional Theater, and has appeared as a soloist with the Chico State Wind Ensemble.  Ryan can also be seen playing bass in and arranging music for the band Rigmarole, a local Chico band made up of entirely local music educators.  

Austin King

Email Address: aking@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Piano
 
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