Featured Guests

Facilitators

  • Ms. Crystal Rodriguez, Jefferson Elementary School – Riverside Unified School District
    Dual Language Immersion Fourth Grade Teacher        
  • Dr. Brice Scott, Mesa Linda Middle School, Adelanto Elementary School District
    Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Mitzi Figgins, Crafton Elementary School - Redlands Unified School District
    Teacher
  • Ms. Tiphanie Caskey-Lamb, Crafton Elementary School – Redlands Unified School District
    Teacher
  • Mr.  Jess Sanchez, Moreno Valley Unified School District
    Teacher
  • Ms. Rikayah Phillips, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
  • Ms. Martha Lyon, Education Specialist
  • Ms. Deniesha Culverson, Indian Springs High School - San Bernardino City Unified School District
    Program Specialist
  • Dr. Joseph Jesunathadas, CSUSB, College of Education
    Teacher Education & Foundations Professor
  • Dr. Enrique Murillo, CSUSB, College of Education
    Teacher Education & Foundations Professor

K-12 Educator Panel

Dr. Brian McDaniel
Dr. Brian McDaniels
Brian McDaniels’ classroom has every type of student: beginners, virtuosos, English learners, GATE students, and special needs students. In his passion to teach music to middle school students, Dr. Brian McDaniel has been known to introduce unorthodox methods like kung fu, yoga, and dance to help teach breathing capacity, posture, and body awareness to young musicians. The students in the music programs on campus make up The Regiment, which started with 75 students and now totals 240 members—a full 1/3 of all students in the school. Dr. McDaniel describes his greatest contribution as providing hope to his students and serving as a ladder to their dreams. Students describe what makes Dr. McDaniel special is that “he understands many of our issues, because they were once his.” Dr. McDaniel was named as a 2018 California Teacher of the Year and represented all teachers in California as the state’s representative to the National Teacher of the Year competition.
 
 
Nicole Robinson
Ms. Nicole Robinson
Nicole Robinson is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and dance education advocate from Riverside, CA.  She is a graduate from California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in Kinesiology.  She holds a Master of Arts in Dance Education from California State University, Long Beach.   

Nicole is a strong advocate for providing dance education opportunities to underserved populations.  She has dedicated her time in education to providing high quality dance training at no cost.  Nicole began the A. B. Miller Dance Program in 1995 and established the A. B. Miller Conservatory of Dance in 2011. Under her direction, the A. B. Miller High School dance program has received numerous grants and support in its mission to increase diversity in dance.  She is the dance specialist for the Fontana Unified School district leading professional development projects and workshops for teachers grades K-6 and is the lead teacher for the FUSD Dance Collaborative which provides dance education for students in grades PK-8 grades.   In 2015, she was named California League of Teachers' Teacher of the Year for Region 10 and was named the 2017 Carlston Family Foundation Teacher of the Year.   

She has served as a team lead for the California Standards Revision Committee in Dance and is a teacher leader for the California Arts Project.  Currently, Nicole is the co-president for the California Dance Education Association which is the state-wide professional organization for California dance educators.