Meet our Arts Educators
Tricia Harper has been dancing since the age of 2. She grew up at a dance studio in Lakeland, FL. Joined a dance company at St. Pete College-Co-Motion Dance Company. Mrs. Harper continued dancing at University of South Carolina, where she was a member of their dance company. She has been teaching for the past 26 years; the last 15 years at Jeanne Lynn Dance Studio teaching Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater Jazz, Strength and Conditioning for all the competitive level dancers, and Leaps and Turns /progressions. Mrs. Harper's favorite style to teach is lyrical and jazz. Lyrical allows you to connect your movements with the words to tell a story. Mrs. Harper enjoys choreogrphing for solos as it allows her to create to the specific strengths of that particular dancer. She loves seeing the growth of her dancers from year to year. Mrs. Harper shares the passion for dance with all students at Sandy Lane Elementary Conservatory for the Arts.
Brenda Urban has been teaching elementary music for 18 years, 15 of those years in Pinellas County. She has taught general music, chorus, beginning band, world drumming ensembles, and Orff ensembles, as well as serving on the leadership committee at her previous schools. Her students have performed in All-County and All-State ensembles.
Over the past 14 years, Mrs. Urban has been a mentor in different capacities around Pinellas County Schools. During the 5 years she has been a teaching partner with the Elevate Arts Grant. Previously, she has been a mentor in the PCS cadre, an intern supervising teacher, and a new teacher mentor. She has presented at the district and state level at professional developments for other teachers. She is has written curriculum for the Florida Orchestra, Summer Bridge, Arts Integration Project, and PCS Essential Learning Goals.
Mrs. Urban enjoys teaching woodwind lessons to local middle school and high school students. She enjoys spending time with her husband (who is the band director at Dunedin Highland Middle School) and her daughter. Mrs. Urban is a USF graduate and enjoys cheering on her alma mater. Go Bulls!
Emily Dunn graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in December of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Ms. Dunn has studied viola since 2005 and voice since 2011. She has performed at the county and state level, as well as internationally. Ms. Dunn is a native of Pinellas County and has a passion for arts magnet schools and giving students the opportunity to become artistically diverse.
Judith Woodward has been teaching art in Pinellas County for over 10 years. She has a master’s degree in Art Education from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Art, with a concentration in photography. Visual arts education is her greatest passion and she enjoys teaching all mediums of art. Ms. Woodward also loves taking art fields, participating in art shows, and creating school-wide collaborative art projects. She enjoy helping her art scholars reach their goals and celebrate their successes!
Please visit https://www.youtube.com/c/elementaryartlab to view a collection of Ms. Woodard’s visual arts instructional video lessons.
Briöna Saas has been involved in the arts all her life. Early on she began dancing, writing and singing her own music. She explored a multitude of art mediums ~ from oil paints to ceramics ~ and even recycled sculpture. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts Education with honors at SUNY New Paltz, near Woodstock, NY where she is originally from.
Ms. Saas is a believer in true expression and risk taking. Using her adventurous attitude, she motivates students to find their own voice while discovering a medium to complement their passions. She is excited to share this knowledge with her students while helping them find their own unique style!