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.

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.

Dan Davis is a retired Certified Wildlife Biologist. He attended Kent State University, University of Montana, and University of Idaho.  He has a BS Degree in Wildlife Management and one year in a MS Wildlife Science.  Dan worked as a wildlife technician for the Idaho Fish and Game Department for 3 years and then was the Forest Wildlife Biologist for the Clearwater National Forest for over 35 years.  He has taught birding classes for the University of Idaho and Lewis and Clark State College.  He currently resides in the West Valley and has started a birding club for local residents.  He has conducted birding field trips in Southwest AZ for the past 3 years. 

Dan teaches Birds & Birding in Arizona for EMCC Community Education.

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 overseas the Kids College Culinary Classes for Community Education.

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.

Diane Lukich Diane's professional career started later in life after her two sons were in their teens. "I’ve always thrived on education, and still find learning stimulating and essential to my being. I pursued my passion for developing others with a Master of Arts degree in Human Performance and Training. My career path was designing educational programs and facilitating training for large corporations in the Chicago area. When my youngest son graduated from college, I attended and graduated from the University of Santa Monica (USM) with a Master of Arts in Spiritual Psychology. I transformed my life from one of emptiness to a life of fullness and service. All that I learned at USM awakened me to self-awareness, leading a life of service, and supporting others in their personal growth. I then started my doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology, and I will graduate with a PsyD after I complete my dissertation which is focused on “Is Acceptance the Key to Successful Aging?”. One way of coming to acceptance is reviewing one’s life. I am passionate about collaborating with others in telling their stories through guided autobiography and life review. Everyone has a legacy to leave to the next generation."

Diane teaches Guided Autobiography for EMCC Community Education. 

Since 1987, Mozelle Barr  Martin has been a world-renowned expert who has worked on high profile criminal cases to include testifying in court as an expert witness. 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, Court TV, and more. Mozelle has been featured internationally on television and radio shows, and, in addition to presenting to audiences across the world and sharing stages with John Asaraf, Bob Proctor, Natalie Ledwell, Bruce Lipton, and Sunny Dawn Johnson, she continues to speak across the world on various forensic and mental health topics. Mozelle has a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology and has been a Forensic Mental Health Professional and Trauma Therapist for over 30 years. In 1987, she became the first person in world history to create a cognitive behavioral, evidence-based, yet all-natural, mental health program which she calls "Transformational Grapho-Therapeutics" (HTT)". Since it's conception, HTT 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, fear of failure or self-doubt, repair relationships, improve grades, discontinue psychological medications, conquer addictions, end behavioral issues, and more. HTT alone has been 100% successful in completely stopping juvenile crime recidivism rates since 2006. Finally, Mozelle is the author of many books and is currently enjoying teaching around the globe.

Mozelle is teaching Intro. to Forensic Handwriting Analysis, Int. 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.

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.