Faculty

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ART

Shira Sofer: Art. Ms. Sofer received her Masters degree in Education and her Bachelors degree in Studio Arts from NYU in 1991. Her work experience includes teaching Art History at the University of the Virgin Islands, delivering lectures ranging from Caribbean Art to Culture and Philosophy in Art History. Her experience also includes being an Educational Consultant and Curator of Exhibits, and her vast knowledge of the various arts disciplines brings a well rounded body of knowledge to our team and to our students.

Kamaria Penn: Art. Kamaria Penn is a freelance graphic designer from the small island of St. John providing creative services to several local business, schools, and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands and United States. She is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Graphic and Interactive Communication and a minor in the Business of Art and Design. Kamaria currently works as an office manager at Hybrid Services LLC, a family owned business, as well as an instructor with the Adult GED Program on St. John. With an appreciation for good stories, the richness of culture, and the strength in community, Kamaria is inspired to make life meaningful for others as well as herself.

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Jillian Grossman: ballet. Ms. Grossman began dancing at age three. She studied ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and hip hop throughout her childhood. She joined the University of Pittsburgh Dance team in college and performed at all Pitt football and basketball games. She also studied dance as her minor at the University of Pittsburgh. Jillian has a masters degree in elementary education and special education. She is a Zumba Fitness instructor and loves teaching Zumba and dance classes.

Kim Wild: ballet, tap, creative movement, developing the artistic eye through movement.  Ms. Wild, also serving as Executive Director at SJSA, holds a BA degree in dance at Columbia College and a MFA degree in dance at Florida State University. She has over 25 years of teaching experience extending from the young child to the professional student. With a teaching assistantship at FSU, she taught non-major dance classes in ballet and jazz as well as teaching choreography, modern and ballet to students at Tallahassee Community College as adjunct faculty. She served as Dance Director (1990) for the Colquitt County Arts Center, a community arts school in Georgia.

Jude Woodcock: tumbling, creative movement, modern dance. Ms. Woodcock received a BS degree from Southwest Missouri State and toured with Pilobolus Dance Theater from 1984-1994. She helped choreograph over 20 new works for the company and acted as touring and rehearsal director from 1989-1994. She still maintains ties with the company by representing them through teaching at various locales on the main land. Ms. Woodcock has taught at the American Dance Festival working with the young dancers program.

Jeuné Provost: Caribbean Movement.  Ms. Provost received a BA degree in Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University and a MA degree in Teaching from Mercer University.  She has worked with the local WTJX-TV Channel 12 in completing voice-overs for promo reel, produced and edited PSAs, wrote scripts for local programming and produced, directed and edited “Carnival Parade,” “Reading is Fun” and “Pride and Bloom” promos.  She is also an elementary teacher at one of the local public schools.

Lisa Penn: Quadrille. Lisa Abramson-Penn grew up on the island of St. John. She attended the Julius E. Sprauve School from Kindergarten to ninth grade and graduated from the Charlotte Amalie High school in 1982. In 1987, she graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision in 1994. Mrs. Penn has taught for 27 years at the Lockhart Elementary School in St. Thomas and the former Guy H. Benjamin school in Coral Bay. During her Last three years in education, she served as the assistant principal of the Julius E. Sprauve school. After retirement from VI Government, she worked as a math and VI History instructor at Gifft Hill School as well as the administrator of the GED/ ESL night school program. She currently spends time volunteering at the Julius E. Sprauve School and working with the Family business. She has always been interested in her culture and took part in numerous quadrille dancing classes.

Marlon V. Parohinog: Archery. Mr. Parohinog also serving as PE Teacher at Julius E. Sprauve School holds, a degree in Mass Communication at Far Eastern University and Masters degree in Physical Education and Sports at Bulacan State University. He currently the Coach Julius E. Sprauve in Basketball Elementary and JV Volleyball. He has 20 years of teaching experience from high school to elementary. Finished the Level 1 World Archery Coach ini Bangkok, Thailand in 2013

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Edward Bruce: percussion and guitar. Mr. Bruce received his BA degree in Anthropology from Columbia University along with 25 credits in Mandarin and German. In 1982, he received his MA Ed. Degree from University of Phoenix, majoring in Reading Acquisition, problem prescriptions. In 2005, he received his International T.E.F.L. Diploma, Boland School, including China certificate. He came to St. John in 1974 as the director of the Cruz Bay Daycare Center. For many years, he has volunteered his skills to Julius E. Sprauve School as a reading teacher, special and general education teacher. As an accomplished musician, he is serving as SJSA’s ethnic drumming and dance teacher as well as Music Education Director.

Kristen Carmichael-Bowers. vocal instruction, choral director. Kristen has MA and BA degrees in Music from Smith College. She has performed in operatic and musical theater settings, in oratorio and as a soprano soloist for choirs and orchestras. Kristen has performed a wide range of repertoire in the continental United States, UK and Israel. Kristen has been teaching people to sing since 1986, and she enjoys teaching beginners of any age to professionals. Her students can be found singing lullabies to their grandchildren, and also operatic settings in Europe and in musical theater in New York. She first came to St John in 2011 as visiting music director for Gifft Hill School’s musicals through the New England Youth Theater. A full-time St John resident as of 2014, she teaches vocal music for St John’s youth and is founder and director of the St John Women’s Ensemble.

Philiah Haile Iyah-Israel: guitar. Mr. Israel has an extensive musical background, performing with Grammy Award winning bands as well as touring with countless acts throughout both America and Europe. His musical instruction background includes tutoring, workshops, lectures and symposiums on the topic of “Jah Music” throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. His educational background includes graduate level course work at Northern Illinois University (Dekalb) and Ph.D. level work at Central State University. Mr. Israel brings a diverse set of skills to our school, through his work as an accomplished guitarist, vocalist and percussionist.

Lauren Magnie: piano. biography forthcoming.

Rahshek’ka Titre: piano. biography forthcoming.

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Theatre

Alesia Georgiou: Acting for Theatre.  biography forthcoming.