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Visual and Performing Arts

Welcome to the SJHHS Visual and Performing Arts Department

The mission of the visual and performing arts department at San Juan Hills High School is to give all students an encounter of the creative experience through the mediums of visual arts, theater arts, music, and dance.  The creative experience is the personal interaction that one has while creating, critically analyzing, and performing art.  Students will encounter these art forms on several different levels as defined through the California State Framework including, but not limited to artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing.  All students of varying artistic aptitude and prior experience will receive quality instruction at the appropriate level, with a focus of challenging them to reach a greater level of artistry.  Students who have the aptitude and desire to pursue any of these areas as a profession will be given the full opportunity through quality instruction and a variety of course offerings for them to reach their goal.  However, the primary focus will be to bring the creative experience to all students of San Juan Hills High School through every artistic medium to the end result that all students bring a ‘creative spirit’ and critical analysis to all of their life challenges.

Visual and Performing Arts Teachers
Avery Arman Visual Art Teacher
Cambria Graff Drama Teacher
Kristine Calder Dance/Performing Arts Teacher
Greg Carlson CTE Teacher
Brian Devaney Video/Film Teacher
Dean McElroy Director of Instrumental Music
Ryan Norgren Digital Photography/Yearbook
Thomas Pike CTE Teacher
Michael Ushino Director of Choral Music
Jeremey Wooten VAPA Department Chair

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Instrumental Music

Instructor - Dean McElroy   Email

  • Concert Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Marching Band
  • Drumline

Vocal Music

Instructor - Michael Ushino  Email

  • Mixed Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Advanced Womens
  • Guitar
  • Commercial Music
  • AP Music Theory


Instructor - Kristine Calder   Email

  • Beginning Dance
  • Intermediate Dance
  • Advanced Dance Production 

Theatre Arts

Instructor - Cambria Graff  Email

  • Drama 1A/1B
  • Advanced Drama
  • Actors' Repertory Theatre
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatrical Production and Management
  • Drama/Musical Comedy PE
  • Drama/Musical Comedy FA

Visual Arts

Instructor - Jan Colt   Email

  • Drawing/Painting
  • Advanced Drawing/Painting
  • Ceramics
  • AP Studio Art

Instructor - Ryan Norgren   Email

  • Digital Photography
  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Yearbook
  • AP Studio Art

Video/Technological Arts

Instructor - Brian Devaney   Email

  • Video Production
  • Advanced TV Production
  • TV Broadcast Journalism
  • Film Studies
  • Computer Graphics