Spotlights

Sally Tsou

Sally Tsou teaches visual art every day of the week. Her grades 3-5 classes focus on drawing and painting. Ms. Tsou has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a masters degree in arts education and has been teaching for over twenty years, working with students pre-K through high school. Her younger students have created abstract line drawings, collages, water colors and oil pastels. Her older classes have studied drawing techniques, including shading, value, overlapping and have produced brush paintings, still lifes and landscape drawings. Ms. Tsou is a talented visual artist and this past summer had shows in Vienna, Austria and New York. This weekend she is featured at the New York Contemporary Artists Fair at the Javetz Center. She works in glass and in oil paintings.

Denna Purdie

String instructor Denna Purdie is a professional cellist. She received her degree from Catholic University and for 20 years was a member of the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. Currently she plays with the quartet, SFC, and with the Soulful Symphony and the ASO Symphony. She has been teaching privately and in schools for many years. Currently Fillmore offers an introduction to violin to all second graders and strings (violin, viola or cello) to students in grades 3-5. Students are working on pieces for the Winter Concert. Her String Karate program is a real hit with the students and encourages practice and discipline.

Margaret “Maggie” Meenehan

Ms. Meenehan is Fillmore’s beloved dance teacher and a certified Arts Specialist K-12. She holds a BS in Movement Education from George Washington University. She has presented workshops and performances in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and locally at several Universities, Washington Project for the Arts, DC Space, Dance Place, Joy of Motion, Dance Arts, and Red Wiggler Farm. Ms Meenehan is a receipient of two Fulbright Scholarships to study the arts and cultures of Japan, Canada and Mexico, and has been awarded two DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities Grants in Education. She was also awarded a merit scholarship to Duke University to work with the American Dance Festival. We are extremely proud of Ms. Meenehan for her Rubenstein Award this year. The award recognized five outstanding highly effective educators in the District of Columbia Public Schools.