Community Education

Instructor Bios

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. 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.

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.

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

Rod Freeman
Rod is a long-time resident of the West Valley, and teaches English and Humanities classes at EMCC. He majored in studio are at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond and received his minor in Advanced Watercolor Painting at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. As a professional artist, he continues to paint, sculpt, work in stained glass, and build furniture in his home studio and workshop.

Rod teaches Watercolor Basics,  Acrylics, Beginning and Oil Painting

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 Retirement Answers 101 for EMCC.

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.

Peter Storn is a German-born guitarist/composer, well known for his expertise in blending the sounds of rock, jazz, country, blues, funk, fusion, and R&B. He has been a full-time musician since 1984. Peter studied music in Germany, as well as in London, England, and he graduated from the Musicians Institute (GIT) in Los Angeles. After working in L.A. for a couple of years, he made Phoenix his home where he has also studied jazz at ASU. Peter's talents include playing, writing, arranging music in numerous bands, projects, recording sessions, live performances and tours in the U.S. as well as abroad. Peter's band, The Peter Storn Project, was a member on the Artist Roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts (1994-2007).
Peter is part of several bands: Peter Storn Project (Jazz & Contemporary Jazz), The Rave (Clasic Rock), Apple (Beatles tribute band), Neon Circus (Brooks & Dunn/Country tribute band), House of Steel (Steel guitar player Mike Smith, Country), Cliff Sarde (Smooth Jazz, World Music) and Dennis Rowland (Jazz, R&B). Peter has many recordings that can be seen at his website: www.peterstorn.com

Peter is teaching the Beginning and Intermediate Guitar classes 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 Calligraphy, Beginning and the Gourd Holiday Ornaments classes.