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VISUAL ARTS TEACHERS

Cindy Hopkins, Department Chair

Cindy Hopkins
Email address: chopkins@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Ceramics, Digital Photography, Graphic Arts & Design 1 and 2
 
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 images of the world, 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

Jill McKay
Email address: jmckay@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Art 1, Digital Arts Exploration
 
Biography: My love of art began in my senior year of high school when I transferred into my first art class. That changed everything! I went on to study art with an emphasis in Photography in college. I even built my own darkroom. After teaching for a few years, I met and got married to my husband Dave and took time off to raise our three children, Emma, Maddie, and Owen. During that time I owned my own photography business and later added on freelance graphic designing. Now back in the classroom, I am loving working with students and sharing my love of art and creative problem solving. In my free time I love to make jewelry, tend to my large succulent garden and make all things creative.

Lauren Green

Lauren Green
Email address: lgreen@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Art 1, Art Studio 1, 2 & 3, Drawing
 
Biography: Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and I am so lucky to teach my passion! I am constantly creative, whether I am exploring photography, printmaking, sketching, or painting. It is exciting for me to explore new techniques and research new artists.  I received my BFA in Art with an emphasis in painting and art history from CSU Chico. During my time there, I studied art and literature at the University of London. I have taught everything from Beginning Art and Drawing to AP Art. From Introduction to Photography to Advanced Digital Photography. I absolutely LOVE Teaching Art! It is the vehicle for so much more; for self expression, communication, and connection to our world.

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


Casson Scowcroft

Casson Scowcroft
 
Courses: Jazz 1 & 2, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Guitar 1 & 2
 
Biography: Casson has been a music teacher for 11 years at South Lake Tahoe, Red Bluff and Chico CA. He holds degrees in Music Education, Trombone and French from Chico State University as well as a masters in conducting, also from Chico. Casson is an avid actor, fisherman and NPR fan. Locally he plays trombone and bass in various ensembles, including Rigmarole, and Uncle Dad's Art Collective. Casson is also the Past President of the NCBCDA and is a member of the board of California Band Directors Association.  
 

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor
Email Address: htaylor@chicousd.org
 
Courses: Choir, Piano
 
Biography:  My love of music started when I was young. I stepped on stage the first time when I was seven years old and thought,  “this is where I belong!” I come from a family of music lovers and music teachers and have spent the past 20 years performing all over Northern California as a vocalist in all genres; from jazz to rock n’ roll. I have had a private voice studio for the past 15 years and love sharing my passion of singing with my students. I agree with the great Ella Fitzgerald who said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing!”
I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2016 and it was the best decision I have ever made. I am excited to be part of the Viking family and I believe that EVERYONE can sing, it’s a matter of simply finding your own voice.
 

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