David Cannon – BM Trombone Performance (University of NC School for the Arts) Recording Engineer Diploma (Omega Studios School for the Recording Arts & Sciences)
Dave Cannon is currently in this thirteenth year teaching at Albert Einstein.  He is also currently on faculty at Bowie State teaching Music Technology and the Assistant Director of the Olney Big Band.  Dave is an active coach in the Einstein community, coaching Varsity Golf and Varsity Ice Hockey.Courses: AP Music Theory, Guitar I & II, Music Perspectives, Music Technology, Music Theory, Piano

Tricia Gooley-Rarick – MA & BS Dance Education (New York University)

Tricia Gooley-Rarick is currently the VAPA Academy Head and Unified Arts Resource Teacher at Albert Einstein High School.  She has been at Einstein since 2006.  Prior to her time at Einstein, Tricia was on the faculty at the University of Virginia, and New York City Public Schools.  She is trained extensively in Modern dance, Jazz and choreography.  She is currently working on the development of dance for Montgomery County Public Schools, and is looking forward to being one of the county coordinators for the MCPS Dance Showcase in February.

Courses: Dance Company, Junior Dance Company (Dance 3), Dance 2, Dance As A Fine Art, Dance As PE

Sarah Harnish – MEd &  BFA in Printmaking (Wright State University)

Sarah Harnish has been a visual art teacher at Albert Einstein High School since 2006.  She is originally from Crestline, Ohio.  She achieved her National Board Certification in 2013.  Sarah believes “Our Art programs and classrooms are a place where students not only learn how to create art, but also how to become creative problem solvers and independent thinkers.”  Sarah has instilled a deep sense of community and students service through her art classes by participating in projects such as The Memory Project and Youth Art for Healing.

Courses: AP Studio Art, Drawing & Design, Foundations of Art, Painting, Studio Art I, II & III

Dustine Hayes – MA teaching & BA General Sculpture Studies (Maryland Institute Collage of Art)

Dustine Hayes is one of the visual arts teachers at Albert Einstein High School, where she joined the art team in the spring of 2016.  Mrs. Hayes has taught for over 20 years teaching visual arts at every grade level from preK-12. She is a graduate of Montgomery Blair HS, and the Visual Arts Center at Einstein HS.  SHe graduated from MICA with a BA in general sculpture studies, MA in Teaching, and has over 60 additional graduate credits in the arts.  As a practicing visual artist she has exhibited throughout the US and Europe.  Mrs. Hayes will be one of the featured artists spring 2017 at the Rockville Art Mansion.

Courses: Ceramics I, Drawing and Design, Foundations of Art, IB Art


Brendan Kelly MM Saxophone Performance (University of Michigan), BME Music Education (University of Maryland)

Brendan Kelly is the Director of Instrumental Music at Albert Einstein High School.  A Montgomery County native, Brendan earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served as Drum Major of the Might Sound of Maryland Marching Band.  Mr. Kelly recently earned a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  While at Michigan Brendan was a member of the Michigan Symphony Band and baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Eero Quartet.  As a dedicated performer and teacher, Mr. Kelly has appeared as a classical and jazz musician with the Capital Wind Symphony, Mike Kamuf Little Big Band, and the University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble.

Courses: Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble, Piano I

Isaac Mcelheny –  BS Art Education (Towson University)

Isaac McElheny is currently the newest art teacher at Albert Einstein High School. Prior to his time at Einstein, Isaac was on the faculty at the Harford County Public Schools and Baltimore County Public Schools as a substitute teacher. He is trained extensively in Ceramics, Graphic Design and painting. He is currently looking forward to meeting and working with his new students in ceramics this year.

Courses: Ceramics 1

Michael Metzner– BA Studio Art, BA Art Education (Hood College)Michael Metzner is beginning his fifthyear at Albert Einstein High School.  In addition to teaching darkroom photography and ceramics, Michael also functions as an unofficial school photographer, covering games, theatre productions and after-school events.  Prior to teaching at Einstein, Michael worked as a professional potter and currently teaches pottery classes for adults at the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts.  Michael believes that practicing art and learning are lifelong endeavors, and is currently pursuing his MFA in ceramic arts from Hood College.Courses:  Ceramics I, II & III, Darkroom Photography I & II

Peter Smeallie – MMus (Georgia State University) BMEd (University of NC, Chapel Hill)

Mr. Smeallie has worked with the choral and theatre programs at Einstein since 1986.  He also supervises Einstein S.T.A.G.E., the extracurricular drama program.  He is one of the county coordinators for the annual MCPS Theatre Festival in January, and is also currently serving as Interim Music Director at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church.  When not as Einstein he enjoys Orioles Baseball and hanging out with his 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Courses:   Honor’s Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, IB Theatre, Piano, Theatre I & II, TV Production

Tom Ruttkay– MEd  & BA Fine Art (University of Maryland, College Park)

Tom Ruttkay’s first career was as a freelance artist prior to getting his MA degree in education and joining the visual arts staff in 2011.  With a background in design and digital art, Tom seeks to give his students the confidence and practical skills to build upon now and after high school. Tom is also proud to be an Einstein graduate.

Courses:  Digital Art, Digital Photography, Darkroom Photography I

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