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"Collaboration is the highlight of my career at Coker College, whether performing art songs with the voice faculty, preparing the piano students for performances, or problem-solving with my departmental colleagues to make the arts more vibrant in the community. Coker's piano program continues to grow and attract talented young musicians, and the joy of watching students achieve goals they never imagined is thrilling. I love guiding and learning alongside students on their musical journeys."

"I am at Coker College because I get to spend every day collaborating and creating with my colleagues and students. I have the opportunity to teach courses I find interesting and important as well as choreograph dances that examine some aspect of life, whether philosophical or trivial. Through dance education I get to connect with the community via movement and also foster the next generation of dance educators."

"I came to Coker College after dancing professionally in NYC for a few years. I was excited about the opportunity to work with the same students for an extended period of time. What I love about Coker and what makes me stay is seeing the growth in the students over the four years that they are here. The students really find their artistic voices and blossom by the time they graduate. This close mentoring of the students does not often happen on the undergraduate level."

"I have the opportunity to work closely with wonderful artists who share my love for collaborative learning. The liberal arts environment cultivates a holistic approach to educating future citizens. It creates citizens who are not only able to pay bills, but who also contribute meaningfully to communities and value the contributions of the arts—citizens who make educated decisions about the support of scientific research and understand how we each contribute to this world community."

"I came to Coker from the professional dance world in Seattle, WA, where I was the artistic director of my own dance company, a professional dancer, a Pilates instructor and a dance teacher. I came to Coker because I wanted to inspire and ignite passion for dance in a small, liberal arts setting, while sharing my professional experience to help refine dancers' skills and guide each student to find their own creative voice. I love the sense of community here, my colleagues and the creative students."

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