Kathryn Facemire set to train teachers for pilot Pre-AP theatre program
Posted on 04/23/2018
Headshot of Kathyrn FacemireKathryn Facemire, theatre arts director and broadcast journalism teacher at Patriot High School, was selected from over 500 applicants to train as a member of the National Faculty for the new Pre-AP theatre program.

As the only performing arts teacher, out of the 75 teachers chosen, Facemire will contribute as the visual and performing arts expert for the new program currently in development. She will guide the creation of content and, this summer, will lead workshops for the teachers who will pilot the new program across the country in the upcoming school year.

Facemire’s selection for this honor included submission of an extensive written application regarding her experience, content knowledge, and teaching philosophy. Once she advanced to the second round, Facemire had to submit a 10-minute video of her classroom instruction, accompanied by two letters of recommendation. As a finalist, she is invited to attend the Pre-AP National Faculty Training Institute in May, where she will be appointed a member of the Pre-AP National Faculty.

Facemire explained she is thrilled to have the opportunity to help build the content for an academically rigorous performing arts program.

“I am extremely passionate about the literature and history that I teach in my classroom. The Pre-AP program philosophy provides me a fantastic platform upon which to build accessible and teachable content for educators like myself, who are always looking for a way to strengthen the connections between their classrooms and the world their students experience every day,” she said. “Helping teachers understand how to approach teaching theatre arts is a tremendous opportunity. Sometimes the process is more important than the product. Judgment and criticism are necessary learning tools to build confident, capable, independent artists. I can think of no better way to spend my summer.”