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Arts Can Teach builds on the legacy of Learning Through the Arts, a program created in 1994 by Angela Elster and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory. This groundbreaking program brought artists and teachers together in classrooms across Canada, training and transforming through arts integration. One of the original cities, Windsor embraced this artist-teacher partnership model, sustaining and growing since 1999.

With many of Windsor’s original artists and an increasing demand, Arts Can Teach continues to expand, innovate and develop its programming to support our region’s schools and community.

Our team of arts integration specialists are active, practicing artist and educators in our community, dedicated to artistic excellence and community contributions.

 

 

Our Team

Dance / Creative Movement: Joanna Coughlin

Joanna Coughlin, B.Ed, OCT, is an interdisciplinary arts educator and dance teacher.  In addition to receiving her Bachelor of Education in the Primary/ Junior division, Joanna has continued her studies by receiving her Intermediate ABQ in Dramatic Art and Special Education (pt 1) and Dance (pt 1) AQs. As an arts educator Joanna has worked with kindergarten through grade 7 students, focusing primarily on kindergarten.

Dance / Creative Movement: Katie Mecher Williams

Katie Mecher-Williams is a native of Windsor. She has been performing and teaching dance for over 30 years. She is currently the artistic associate and dancer with HNM Dance Company. Katie also teaches modern dance for the St. Clair College Musical Theatre Program.

Katie is a graduate of the Theatre Dance program at Ryerson University in Toronto. She has trained at the Minsk Choreographic School in Russia, with Toronto Dance Theatre, with Ottawa’s Le Groupe de la Place Royale, and Dance Theatre David Earle. She has performed with notable companies in Ontario and Michigan. Since 1989 Katie has participated in educational programming in the schools, notably taking part in Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises’ Arctic tour and working as a classroom artist educator since 2002.

Katie is passionate about movement exploration with students of all ages and abilities. She encourages participants to find their “dance voice” as a means of expression and interpretation.

Dance / Creative Movement: Louise Paquetteere

Louise Paquette, BFA, began her dance training in her home town of Windsor. She founded the Dare 2 Dance studio, teaching ballet, jazz and modern dance techniques. Paquette is a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor in both the Dramatic Art Department and the Faculty of Education.

Louise has more than 20  years of classroom experience teaching core curriculum through dance. She enjoys integrating curriculum topics with movement and dance to capture the student’s interest and then guide them as they enjoy learning in a new way. Louise aims to create a caring and comfortable environment where students are encouraged to express their ideas physically. Louise is passionate about sharing her love of movement and dance with students of all ages.

Linda Lord, MA Expressive Arts Therapies and Coaching. Linda brings 20+ years group facilitation. Currently, in private practice as well as a storywriter for stage, Linda loves creating safe spaces for exploration, education, and expression with children of all ages. Areas of experience: anxiety, depression, recovery, divorce, and grief. Modalities include: drama, expressive writing, and embodiment.

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