Katie Salzman is a certified teacher, with a master’s degree in Elementary Education, from The College of New Jersey. She is also an alumni of Virginia Tech, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management. Katie started her career in marketing and advertising, before following her passion for education. Most recently, Katie was a fourth grade teacher at Morikami Park Elementary. Currently, Katie is a PhD student and a Graduate Research Assistant at Florida Atlantic University. She is also the 2018-2019 Presidential Fellowship recipient, for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Katie has been trained in Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop and specializes in writing and public speaking.
Instructor- Creative Writing
Michael Bole is a graduate of the Communication Arts program at Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Most notably, Michael was the President of the Speech and Debate Team at Dreyfoos, a member of the USA National Debate Team, the co-organizer of Dreyfoos Arts Camp, the Design Editor of the Dreyfoos Yearbook, and a National Student of the Year Finalist. He has taught at the Communication Arts Academy for over 5 years. A current student at Emory University in Atlanta, Michael studies Marketing, coaches debate for the Atlanta Urban Debate League, and is involved in Entrepreneurship Initiatives on campus. He knows how important the skills he’s teaching this summer are in being successful and is excited to share his knowledge with the next generation of leaders and thinkers.
Radley Docekal aka Mama Radley is so happy to spend her summer with some new and familiar faces! She is a graduate of Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos High School of the Arts with backgrounds in Theatre and Digital Media. She is currently a rising junior at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts majoring in Film and Television Production and minoring in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has spent the past two summers with Communication Arts Academy and loves coming back to her roots and teaching children about the arts!
Instructor- Video Production
Brittany Smoliak joins Comm Arts Academy with passion and excitement to help grow and mold young performers. She has trained since a young age in all aspects of performing arts, and is ready to share her knowledge with Comm Arts Academy students. Following her High School graduation at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Ms. Smoliak received her BFA in acting from New World of the Arts, and soon after received her teaching degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She learned at a very young age from watching her parents who were long term educators that teaching would be in her future. This year marks Ms. Smoliak’s 13th year teaching; she started at Bak Middle School of the Arts and continued her teaching career at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and now has found her home at Oxbridge Academy where she is a lead acting teacher in their arts program. She is very thrilled to join the Comm Arts Academy family!
Lyda Barrera served as an elementary school art educator for 27 years and has been preparing students for the Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos High School of Arts auditions for over 15 years.
Her experiences as an adjudicator have helped her understand the ins and outs of the audition process, greatly contributing to her high rate of success. She is looking forward to sharing her talent with the Communication Arts Academy families.
Instructor- Visual Arts
Yasmin Ali attended Bak Middle School of the Arts for communication arts, and is currently a rising Junior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts for communication arts as well. For the past two years, she has been a camp intern and photographer at Communication Arts Academy, and last fall helped instruct the Audition Prep Classes. Yasmin has experience writing for the Portfolio Newspaper and can’t wait to teach students how to write news articles. She has also been a finalist for the Jim Harben FAME award for Best Book Trailer in 2016. Yasmin cannot wait to help students with media analysis, journalism, and speech delivery!