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The Power of Collaborative Teaching through Arts Integration (Story)

Six pairs of educators across North Carolina spent the 2017–2018 school year transforming their curriculum through the use of arts integration strategies as part of the North Carolina Museum of Art Fellowship for Collaborative Teaching. During the  school year, the fellows experienced the power of the arts to engage students in new ideas, deepen skills in problem solving and critical thinking, and develop creative capacities. Integrated lessons helped students connect and apply knowledge in different subjects simultaneously, revealing the complex, interconnected fabric of life. We applaud our 2017–2018 fellows for taking risks and for giving learning in their classrooms a whole new look. Student work displayed in the gallery represent the results of these lessons.

Learn more about the NCMA Collaborative Teaching Fellowship and how to apply for the 2019-2020 school year. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.


The following teams of teachers were part of the 2017-2018 cohort of fellows.

Berewick Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg County)
Deverne Jackson – Visual Art

Lisa Manes – 5th Grade


A.B. Combs Elementary School (Wake County)
Morgan Vick-Ferrell – 5th Grade Math/Science

Lisa Buch – 5th Grade Math/Science


The Capitol Encore Academy (Cumberland County)
Gerard Falls – 5th-8th ELA & Social Studies

Trish Brownlee – preK-8th Visual Art & Arts Integration Facilitator


North Garner Middle School (Wake County)
Joseph Siegling – Spanish

Milly Hodges Lester – Visual Art


R.B. Glenn High School (Forsyth County)
Juli Franklin-Reese – Math

Allison George – Math


Gates County High School (Gates County)
Crystal Hawks – English Language Arts

Barbara Toti – Theatre Arts



The NCMA Fellowship for Collaborative Teaching is made possible by the NCMA Connects grant from the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust.