Community Education

Instructor Bios

David Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He has an extensive background in popular, jazz and classical guitar styles, both as a performer and as a recording artist. He has given guitar and piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. His
teaching method involves helping students to improve both their music reading and aural skills.  He offers hands-on demonstrations of the techniques that students need in order to become better guitarists.

David teaches Beginning & Intermediate Guitar  for EMCC.

Kevin Anderson is a first generation Arizona Native who has been freelance illustrating for the past 18 years. He has a burning desire to create; persevering as long as it takes. Kevin's healthy dissatisfaction with every piece of art he has ever done, coupled with the urge and desire to do it better the next time, has aided him well in his artistic adventures. Kevin's specialty is in illustration, working in comic books and children's books illustration. Never satisfied with what he has learned and always looking for new information on and about the mediums he uses. Seeking to have simplicity, directness, and accuracy in all his work and loves to share what he has learned with others.

Kevin teaches Basic Drawing, an Introduction, Watercolor Basics, Comics and Cartooning, & Beginning Acrylics for EMCC/

PCM: Michele Ceballos Michot has been a pillar in the Phoenix, AZ Arts scene since 1986, arriving as assistant to Mikhail Lavrovsky, of the Bolshoi Ballet, and his manager, Olga Guardia de Smoak, for a project with Ballet Arizona. In 1988, she founded Opendance, a dance company with a focus on choreography and performance, combining trained and non-trained adults. In 1994, the company became a non-profit Arts & Educational outreach company working with all ages and abilities. Michele developed dance-based programs for schools and community centers in Maricopa County and Tucson, AZ. Her work let her to receive the Creighton School Districts Partner Award and a nomination for the Governors Arts Awards. Michele is a co-founder of the Arizona Dance festival and has choreographed for Arizona Opera, Southwest Shakespeare Co., ASU Interdisciplinary Arts, and the New Carpa Theatre. In 2015, she was nominated for a Zony Award for choreography.
Michele teaches, coaches, choreographs and sets arts-based programming in collaboration with the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, the Cannedy Performing Arts Centre, the Phoenix Center for the Arts, the Osborn School District, and th Spa at Camelback Inn. She is a founding member of the SF/MX based LIVE Art performance troupe, and La Pocha Nostra and travels worldwide teaching workshops on LPN LIVE Art Pedagogy and Performance.
Michele began her dance training, at age 6, in Bogota, Colombia with Vladimir Volski, of the Bolshoi Ballet. From ages 11-16, she was in NYC at the National Academy of Ballet & Theatre Arts, the American Ballet Theatre School, and the Joffrey Ballet School. From ages 16-18 she was in London at the Royal Ballet School and, at 26, attended teachers training in the Vaganova method at the Institute Paliashvilli in Tibilisi, Georgia, SSR. Michele has danced apprentice, corps de ballet, soloist to principal roles with the American Ballet Theatre, NYC; Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet in London, England; Deutsch Opera Ann Rhine-Dusseldorf, Germany; Ballet Hispanico of New York, Chicago Ballet, Ballet Mississippi, El Ballet Nacional de Colombia, and competed in the 1983 International Ballet competition in Varna, Bulgaria representing Colombia.
Michele is teaching for PCM in our Kids College Bravo for Broadway classes in July.

Malcolm Blazer has been a professional artist for over 30 years and in the valley since 1989. He has trained at the Laguna College of Art & Design. In addition to instructing Malcolm also does critiques and judging for art groups in the West Valley area, and at Arizona Art Supply in Sun City. Malcolm’s paintings are in corporate and private collections across the United States. 

Malcolm teaches Oil Painting this semester. 

Dr. Kyle Brown is currently the Director of Music at Youngker High School. He has worked as the Director of Instrumental Music at Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies, Band Director/Music Specialist in the Avondale Elementary School District, Principal at Phoenix Christian Central Elementary, and had many Band and Music positions for over 25 years from Oregon to Indiana to Arizona. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the Arizona Music Educators Association.

Dr. Brown is co-director for the new Community Band at EMCC.

Tina Clark graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Choral Music Education.  She has been teaching in the Litchfield Elementary School District for the past 27 years. Tina is presently teaching K-5 General Music and Choir at Palm Valley Elementary School and is also the church choir director for Calvary United Methodist Church where she has been the director for the past 22 years. Tina also teaches private piano and voice lessons. She is currently teaching Voice I & II at EMCC in the credit area. Tina is an active member of the AMEA (Arizona Music Educators Association).

Tina is the director of the new Community Choir at EMCC.

Holly Dison loves being a teacher in all capacities. She teaches all levels of mathematics from beginning algebra to upper level engineering mathematics courses at Estrella Mountain Community College. For fun and exercise she teaches and performs Aerial Arts and Acrobatics- that is, she likes to imagine that she is in Cirque Du Soleil, but mostly teaches an performs locally. Holly co-owns a studio located in Tempe call The Vertical Fix, where she teaches Aerial Fabrics, Corde Lisse, Static Trapeze, Lyra, and Aerial Beast (a.k.a. conditioning for aerialists). For relaxation she enjoys drawing intricate patters and coloring in the latest coloring books for adults, which include everything from finely detailed animals and insects to beautiful mandalas and tesselations. Holly also folds many different kinds of origami and travels during the summers to the Origami USA annual convention in New York. In addition, she attends the Pacific Coast Origami Conventions held in the fall at various locations in the South West. After learning new models at the conventions, Holly loves to teach her friends what she has learned at their Friday Food-N-Fold sessions. She also teaches origami workshops to Junior High and High School students for the Hermana's conferences held in the spring at EMCC, and for the Employee Day of Learning Sessions at the beginning of each school year. She is excited to join the other Community Education Instructors as she teaches an Origami class.

Holly teaches To Fold or Not to Fold (Origami)

Dr. Milagro E. Escalona has her Ph. D. in Spanish from Az. State University, M.A. in Spanish from the University of New Mexico, M.A. in Geography from the University of Utah, B.A. in Geography and History  from the Instituto Universitario Pedagogico de Caracas, and B.A. in Spanish from Utah State University. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Escalona has been teaching Spanish for over thirty years. She was a Full Time Faculty at Estrella Mountain Community College from 1996 to 2013. Prior to teaching at EMCC she taught at Utah State University, Mesa Community College, Rio Salado Community College, Columbus University (Georgia), Scottsdale Community College, and Arizona State University. After retiring in 2013, Dr. Escalona started teaching Spanish Basics and Spanish Basics II for the Community Education Department at EMCC. In both classes the emphasis is on pronunciation and speaking. Dr. Escalona's teaching style includes a variety of techniques and activities which create an active students involvement in class. She uses resources available on the internet (mainly YouTube videos), PowerPoint slides to introduce each one of the topics, visual aids, props, games, music, and short stories. Students work in groups or in pairs to reinforce the classroom activities and present the material to the students more effectively. Areas of interest: Language Teaching Methodology and Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Theatre.  

Milagro teaches Spanish Basics and Spanish Basics II.

Steve Griffiths

Steve is part of the Culinary faculty at EMCC, and also acts as the program director. Steve gained his culinary experience from the kitchens of the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, The Crowne Plaza Hotel, and Legal Sea Foods of Boston. In addition to holding Executive Chef, Chef Garde Manger, and Banquet Chef positions, he brings many years of teaching experience to the students of EMCC. Steve earned an AAS in Culinary Arts from White Mountains Community College, a BAS from Arizona State University, and an M. Ed in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Further culinary training was received at the Notter School of Pastry Arts, The French Pastry School, and 2006 World Pastry Forum.
Steve has taught for EMCC Kid's College off and on throughout the past 11 years. In 2012, he traveled to Boston for the summer to teach for Expo Chef, an intensive summer culinary program for 13-16 year olds.

Steve is teaching the Baking 101-Quick Breads & Mediterranean Food classes.

Jeff Holmes has been in the financial services industry  for 24 years and holds the following securities registrations: Series 7, 65, and 63. He also holds the following insurance licenses: Life, Accident & Health, Disability, and Property & Casualty. He teaches Financial and Retirement Planning Workshops at local companies and Community Colleges.

Jeff teaches these workshops using simple and easy to understand concepts and strategies. Jeff teaches Planning for a Comfortable  Financial Future for EMCC.

Dr. Robert Massey was born in Northern California and raised in Missouri and Kentucky. He graduated from high school in historic Liberty, Missouri. From there he earned his B.S. from Western Kentucky Univ. and an M.Ed. from the Univ. of West Alabama. Dr. Massey finished education with an ED.D. from Arizona State University. A forty year history teaching career started at Bowling Green, KY in 1970. Robert continues to teach U.S. History and U.S. Military His. at Estrella Mountain Community College today.Dr. Massey has researched his ancestors and found that he has "kin" that served on both sides during the Civil War. He is a member of both the Sons of Union Veterans and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. As a 10-year member of the National Genealogy Committee for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, he does 3 to 5 researches every week to verify honorable services in the SCA army for men that want to join SCV. 

Robert is teaching Genealogy: Navigating Civil War Records this semester.

Treyce Montoya is a world-renowned expert who has worked on high profile criminal cases, including testifying in court as an expert witness, since 1987. She has also been an international law enforcement trainer, Criminal Minds consultant, and been interviewed by media outlets such as TruTV, CBS, ABC, Crime Watch Daily, and more. Treyce has been featured internationally on television and radio shows as well as presenting to audiences across the world with John Asaraf, Bob Proctor, Natalie Ledwell, and Bruce Lipton, and Sunny Dawn Johnson. She continues to speak across the world on topics such as criminal mentality, intuition, trauma healing, spirituality, changing handwriting to change one's life, teaching cursive in schools, forensic handwriting analysis, and more. Treyce has a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology and has been a Forensic Mental Health Trauma Therapist, with field experience totaling over 30 years. In 1987, she became the first person ever to create a cognitive behavioral, evidence-based, yet holistic/alternative, mental health program that she calls "Handwriting Formation Therapy (HFT)". Since it's conception, HFT has not only helped thousands of private individuals (aged 7-99) across the world, heal from past trauma, discover clarity or their life purpose, learn to forgive and let go of anger, overcome fear of failure or self-doubt, repair relationships, improve grades, discontinue psychological medications, conquer addictions, end behavioral issues, and more. HFT alone has been 100% successful in completely stopping juvenile crime recidivism rates since 2006. Finally, Treyce is the author of many books and is currently enjoying teaching around the globe. International reference online at

Treyce is teaching Introduction to Face Reading, Intro. to Forensic Handwriting Analysis, and Introduction to Body Language this semester.

Robert Rudy is a retired Arizona Instrumental Music Educator with a Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education and a Master's in Educational Leadership. Both degrees were given by Eastern Michigan University. He has additional education from University of Phoenix, Arizona State University, and conducting workshops through University of Colorado at Aspen and University of Texas at San Antonio. Bob taught music education in Michigan for eleven years (grades 4 through 12) before moving to Arizona where he taught Instrumental Music in the Paradise Valley Unified School District for 24 years in all grade levels. He has taught at Notre Dame High School in Scottsdale, and in the elementary districts of Washington, Avondale, and Littleton in the Phoenix area. Bob has served as woodwind coach for Agua Fria H. S., Desert Edge H.S., Tolleson H.S., and Verrado High School during marching seasons. He is active as a clinician for Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Robert performs with the Phoenix College Concert Band, and previously performed with the Scottsdale Concert Band where he served as Asst. Director, music Librarian, and Clarinet Section Leader. In the summer, he performs with the Glendale Summer Band where he serves as Concert Master and Asst. Director. Robert is passionate about conducting and his teachers have included Dr. William D. Revelli and Dr. H. Robert Reynolds of the University of Michigan; the late Dr. Harry Begian of Michigan State University and the University of Illinois; and Richard Floyd, Director of Music in Texas. Mr. Rudy is a member of the Arizona Music Educators Association, American School Band Directors Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Educators Association.

Bob is the co-director of our new Community Band.

Regina Snipp is an Adjunct Professor if Music here at EMCC. She teaches voice, piano, and music history. She also has her own music studio where she teaches private piano and voice lessons. Recently she was accepted into the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Boston University. She has been a judge for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) vocal competitions as well as a judge for local private school piano competitions. In addition, she is in charge of music outreach for Estrella Mountain Community College.

Regina is teaching Piano, Beginning Group, Intermediate Piano and Musical Theatre this semester. 

Debra Williams has been a professional artist, living in the West Valley, for over 35 years. Her passions are teaching and creating, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with adults and children, alike. Debra's specialty is working with gourds because "each canvas is so unique." In addition to providing education locally, she is a co-chair of the judging committee with the Arizona Gourd Society and Vice-President of her local Gourd Patch. Debra is also the illustrator of a recently published book, A Flash of Spirit. She is a graduate of NAU with a Bachelor degree in fine arts with an emphasis on design.

Debra teaches Apple Gourd Illumination, Beginning Calligraphy, and the Kids College Fun With Art classes.