Name: Mrs. Janine Collins, AMSU ’06
Position/Title: Art Teacher, Department Chairperson
AMSU Start Date: September 2015
Classes Currently Teaching: Basic Art, Studio Art, and Animation
Extra Curricular: Anime Club
Personal Interests: Reading, Singing, Playing Guitar, Life Drawing, & Graphic Design for print
Credentials: Bachelor of Science, Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College, – Computer Graphics and Imaging
Master of Fine Arts, Lehman College – Digital Media
Bio: The visual arts program starts the students off with 9th-grade basic art where they hone the skills and techniques necessary to accurately represent what it is they are seeing. Throughout the process, they are challenged to look critically and analyze their subject matter and their drawings to see how they can develop their work further. They learn that drawing is a skill that requires practice and discipline. For students who have done well in basic art and are interested in the digital arts, we also offer an animation course and a graphic design course. Animation students learn about creating storyboards and translating them into short films. Graphic design addresses such topics as typography, logo design, and poster design. Both of these classes teach the students to use the computer and Adobe software (Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) as creative tools.
Name: Ms. Laura Mulholland
Position/Title: Music and Theatre Teacher, Department Chairperson
AMSU Start Date: September 2011
Classes Currently Teaching: Sophomore Music, Piano Lab, Acting and Theater
Extra Curricula: AMSU Vocalists, Strings Class, AMSU Players
Personal Interests: Musical Theatre, cooking, traveling, listening to podcasts
Credentials: Bachelor of Arts, Loyola University – Music Education
Master of Arts, The City College of New York (CUNY) – Educational Theatre
Bio: Mrs. Martinez, a New Orleans native, greatly enjoys sharing her love of and passion for music with the students of AMSU. During the day, Mrs. Martinez teaches several performing arts classes at AMSU including the sophomore general music class, a Piano Lab elective for juniors/seniors and an Acting/Theatre elective for juniors/seniors. She also facilitates AMSU’s partnerships with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Theatre Development Fund both of which provide valuable opportunities to attend external performances and workshops for the sophomore and acting/theatre classes. After school, Mrs. Martinez stays very busy conducting the AMSU Vocalists, teaching a weekly strings class, and musically directing AMSU’s annual spring production.
Name: Mr. Henry Triana
Position/Title: Technology Coordinator, Media Arts Teacher, Department Chairperson
AMSU Start Date: September 2011
Classes Currently Teaching: Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Computers Online, Media Arts and Applications
Extra Curricula: Tutoring Program
Personal Interests: Anything with History (early colonial History, 15th and 16th-century Latin American History, the History Channel, Ancient Aliens and Pawn Stars), avid New York Yankees fan.
Credentials: Bachelor of Arts, University of Vermont – History
Master of Science, Mercy College – Adolescent Education
Master of Arts, Norwich University – History
Ed.D., Concordia University – Education (in progress)
Bio: Mr. Triana grew up in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan. He is a graduate of All Hallows High School in the Bronx. He attended the University of Vermont in Burlington Vt. At UVM, he studied History, was a resident Advisor, and assisted in the creation of the Peer Judicial Board. After Graduating from UVM, Mr. Triana attended Mercy College and earned a M.S. in Adolescent Education. He is currently in the dissertation phase of a doctoral program at Concordia University.