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
MA & BS Dance Education (New York University)
Tricia Gooley-Rarick is currently the VAPA Academy Head and Fine 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 continuing the development of dance programs for Montgomery County Public Schools, and has been involved by co-chairing the for the MCPS Dance Showcase, coordinating the MCPS All County Dance Ensemble and writing county dance curriculum. She is currently on the Executive Board of the Maryland Dance Education Association (MDEA) serving as secretary.
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 sponsoring the National Art Honor Society, as well as in classes by participating in projects such as The Memory Project and Youth Art for Healing.
Courses: AP Studio Art - Drawing, AP Studio Art 2-D Design, Painting, Studio Art I, II, II & IV
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 was a featured artists spring 2017 at the Rockville Art Mansion.
Courses: Ceramics II & III, Foundations of Art, IB ArtI & II
BA Dance Education (The University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
Candis Gamble joined the faculty at Albert Einstein in 2019. She has ten years of dance education experience, which includes instruction for Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina and various private studios. She has held a committee seat for community dance programs in Raleigh, NC. Mrs. Gamble has been dancing for over 20 years, with training in Modern, Tap, Jazz, and African styles.
Courses: Dance As a Fine Art, Dance II, Junior Dance Company, Choreography
MM Saxophone Performance (University of Michigan), BME Music Education (University of Maryland)
Brendan Kelly has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Albert Einstein High School since 2016. 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 Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band. Mr. Kelly 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, Music Theory
BA Studio Art, BA Art Education (Hood College)
Michael Metzner has been at Albert Einstein High School since 2013. 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 1-3, AP Studio 3-D Design
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 also serves as Music Director at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mr. Smeallie is the cohost of a biweekly Musical Theatre Radio Show called Takoma Cabaret on WOWD 94.3. When not as Einstein or on the air, he enjoys Orioles Baseball and hanging out with his 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Courses: Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, IB Theatre I & II, Theatre I & II, Music Perspectives
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, Advanced Digital Art, Digital Photography, Advanced Digital Photography
BA Dance (University of Maryland)
Joelle Solar is in her first year at Einstein and is excited to join the Visual and Performing Arts faculty. Ms. Solar has trained in modern, ballet, tap, jazz and various forms of Latin dance. She has been involved in dance for as long as she can remember and has over 15 years of teaching experience. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy HS and the University of Maryland, College Park. Her goal is to inspire students become as passionate about dance as she is and helping them to improve their technique.
Courses: Dance Company, Dance As A Fine Art, Latin Dance, Dance As PE