Jennifer Birch is the Director of the Arts After School and Community Music School Programs. She received a degree in Marine Technology while training in surface supplied air diving to be a commercial diver specializing in underwater inspection. Eventually this career lead her back to her interest in the arts, specifically photography, and eventually an interest in music and its correlation to academic success in children. As one of the founding members of the Belgrade Community Theatre Committee in Belgrade, ME which brings Missoula theatre to her local primary school in order to foster the creativity and enhance the innate capabilities in each participating child. She has also been heavily involved in the Pineland Suzuki Music School for over 10 years helping to make learning string instruments accessible and affordable for children 4 - high school age. er five children are very involved in the performing arts and as her middle child attended Snow Pond Arts Academy for two years she naturally transitioned over to help establish a new arts driven after school program in central Maine that will transcend barriers such as financial resources, and unique needs to transform lives by actively engaging people in the arts.
Christine Little is our AAS Program Coordinator, she teaches expressive art, creative dance therapy and Christine received her BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and her MA in Dance Movement Therapy from Naropa University. She has taught dance and creative movement to children and adults for over 30 years and still feels joyful and passionate about her art. Christine plays a variety of musical instruments and is a certified Music Mind Games teacher. In addition, she has had extensive training in Recreation Therapy and brings all of this experience to bear when facilitating individual and group creative arts sessions.
As a general music teacher from Maine, Marian Hotopp has traveled all over the world teaching music to come home and share music with her students. Some places she has taught include New York, Alaska, and Australia. Her first year of teaching was spent in Kodiak, Alaska. Marian’s main instrument is the French horn. She has performed in several recitals, a variety of ensembles, and chamber groups. Marian also recently has picked up the ukulele and djembe, which are popular instruments in her music classes. Classes Marian has taught include ukulele, percussion, and music+movement. Marian hopes to continue teaching music in Maine for a long time.
Amy Bley is a senior at the University of Maine at Augusta where she studies Liberal and Fine Arts. She is also a teacher of Jewish studies at the Temple Beth El Hebrew School in Augusta, in addition to teaching theater and art at Snow Pond After School Arts. She was just chosen as one of the Rising Scholars at UMA!! She has a love for children, teaching and makes her programs fun as well as educational.
Alexis Burbank, our art teacher, graduated from University of Maine in Machias with a Fine Arts Degree. She is a freelance artist focusing on illustration. She is currently working on a children’s book that will be published in 2019.