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Faculty News & Accomplishments

Congratulations Sofia Taglienti! Winner in C-SPAN documentary contest!

Sofia's documentary on education policy reform and teacher retention, titled "A Heart for Teaching" won 2nd place in the western division. Especially impressive since last year Sofia was part of the duo that won the First place award! Also thank you to Metro Arts film teacher John Perovich for his support and assistance to Sofia in completing this impressive documentary. This is the 3rd year in a row that Metro Arts students have won 1st or 2nd place in this contest!
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Excellent review of "Peter and the Starcatcher" performed by Brelby Theatre

Brelby Theatre is a community theater company run by Metro Arts Middle School teacher Brian Maticic. The reviewer states "As Black Stache, Brian Maticic is a feast. His physicality is tremendous, as are his voice and bright, expressive face. He is hilarious and charming, worthy of Alan Rickman's quintessential Sheriff of Nottingham. It's impossible not to love him."

Metro Arts theater teacher John Perovich is also featured in the review:
"John Perovich's Lord Astor has a large, comfortingly refined presence. Perovich knows his craft and gives every moment its due. We miss him when he's not in a scene."
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The Snow Queen

Metro Arts dance teacher Nicole Olson with former students and current students who are all dancing in the Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen produced by Center Dance Ensemble.
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Betsy Rosenmiller receives the 2016 Charter Business Leader of the Year Award

The Arizona Charter Schools Association is pleased to honor exemplary educators with our 2016 Charter Awards, which annually recognizes the top charter teacher, leader, business manager and school in Arizona. The award winners highlight some of the best of what Arizona’s charter movement has to offer. 2016 Charter Business Leader of the Year — Betsy Rosenmiller, finance director at Metropolitan Arts Institute, a charter high school serving 250 students in Phoenix. Although Betsy has a background in business administration, her passion is art. She started her career as a gallery director at several art galleries throughout the Valley before joining Metro Arts in 2009. Betsy transformed the small charter school’s business office, providing more support for teachers and staff, and ensuring the school’s compliance and audits are spotless. Always looking for to put more money in the classroom, Betsy is constantly researching new vendors and improving efficiency. In addition to her business support, Betsy also handles student scheduling, co-teaches art coursework and currently leads the craft club. Betsy is a true example of commitment to a school’s mission.
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