Arts Faculty 2019/2020
Ms. Susie Clarke
Co-ordinator of Integrated Arts, Dance
Susie Clarke is a proud graduate of the Integrated Arts Program and is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at TAS! She graduated from the program with a focus in Drama and Dance. She went on to study Arts at York University and completed her degree at Trent where she also received her Bachelor of Education. Ms. Clarke loves teaching dance at TAS and believes that dance has the power to be more than just about the moves. She encourages her students to break through their boundaries and to push themselves to achieve their personal best. She has a passion for making art meaningful and to building community. Teaching in this program is truly a full circle moment for Ms. Clarke!
Ms. Lesley Givens
Arts Lead, Visual Art, Comprehensive Arts
Ms. Angie Zavitz
Visual Art, Digital Photography, Comprehensive Arts
Angie Zavitz has been teaching with Kawartha Pine Ridge for 12 years. She completed her Honours degree in Visual Art and Art History at Queen’s University, Kingston. At Queen’s her work focused on representational oil painting and sculpture. Since graduating she has continued to paint, although in a smaller scale and with the convenience of water colours. Angie loves getting outside each day with her kids and always takes a camera (film or digital) along for the walk.
Ms. Sherry Latchford-Couto
Vocal Music & Digital Photography
Ms Latchford-Couto has been teaching in the Integrated Arts Program for 10 years. She completed a BMus and a BEd at Queen's University. She teaches Instrumental Music, Guitar, Vocal and Digital Photography. She loves being active in all areas of school life; she is a Staff Advisor for Student Council, coaches basketball and soccer and has been a part of extracurricular music ensembles (Symphonic Band, Flute Choir and SATB Choir). Sherry encourages all students to develop their artistic skills to the fullest and strives to build a sense of leadership in the individual.
Mr. Andrew Bigg
Visual & Comprehensive Arts
Andrew Bigg has been with the Integrated Arts program since 1994. He teaches visual arts and is the teacher supervisor for Life Drawing, Ceramics Club and the TAS Drumming Group. Outside of school, he is the proud father of two up-and-coming visual artists, a musician (with local trio The Pine Saps), an artist and an enthusiastic gardener. He is committed to instilling a lifelong love of creativity and learning to his students.
Mr. Ben Jackson
Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre & English
Ben Jackson has been teaching Music and English for 20 years, and has been part of the Integrated Arts Program since 2012. Ben graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance; his principal instrument is the flute. He loves to perform on his flute as a soloist and with local groups. Additionally, at TAS, Ben has enjoyed directing many of the award winning music ensembles, such as the Wind Symphony and Flute Choir. He enjoys all aspects of teaching music and tries to inspire in his students a love of music that will last a lifetime.
Mr. Daniel McLean
Guitar & English
Mr. Daniel McLean has been teaching for 21 years. He completed all his undergraduate work at the University of Manitoba. Having taught Guitar at Cobourg DCI West, Mr. McLean has been teaching Guitar and English at TAS for the past 2 years. He runs the Guitar Club, is a frequent contributor to assemblies, and absolutely loves being part of the Arts program! Other than Guitar, Mr. McLean has been known to teach Bass and Ukulele.
Ms. Margaret Mitchell
Visual Art, Fashion, Film Photography
Mr. Cody Powney
Instrumental Music & Guitar
Cody Powney is excited to be TAS this year as he dives into the arts department in several music roles. While earning music degrees from Cambrian College and the University of Toronto, he spent much of his time performing across Canada and in parts of Europe. With his background as an operatic tenor, Mr. Powney is not shy of taking on a challenge. He is actively working with the concert band and jazz band, promoting growth in some of the best musicians at TAS. Mr. Powney works endlessly to bring out the potential within every student and hopes to further integrate music into the community around TAS.
Mr. Powney also enjoys teaching geography as he is passionate about world issues and humanity’s role in preserving life on Earth. When Mr. Powney is not teaching, he is spending time with his three young children, wife and their three dogs!
Ms. Carolyn Best
Drama & Film Studies
Carolyn Best (Scott) first began teaching at TAS as a Teacher Candidate in the Trent-Queen’s Concurrent Education Program. She graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Cultural Studies and History, with an emphasis in Dramatic Arts. She continued her studies at Queen’s University earning her Bachelor of Education. Mrs. Best has a genuine enthusiasm and passion for all things Arts and is thrilled to be a part of the TAS Drama Program. She encourages her students to take creative risks and experiment with form and purpose in pursuit of their own distinct voice and artistic vision. She enjoys participating in many areas of school life and is an active member of the TAS Media Team, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance) and the Well-Being Committee.
Ms. Jessica Sisson
Assistant Arts Lead & Musical Theatre
Jessica Sisson is a graduate of York University's Fine Arts Theatre program, where she specialized in costume and set design. Before earning her Bachelor of Education from Trent University, she worked for the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. She teaches drama, musical theatre, fashion, visual art, integrated arts, and English. In addition to teaching, she is an avid seamstress and quilter.