AEHS VAPA Faculty
BFA Studio Art (Winthrop University) MAT in Art Education (University of South Carolina)
Larosa is joining the AEHS faculty in 2021. This is her 30th year teaching with MCPS, and is from Columbia, South Carolina. She earned her BFA in Studio Art from Winthrop University and a MAT in Art Education from the University of South Carolina. Larosa maintains National Board Certification in Early Adolescent through Young Adulthood Art since 2009. She has been in the ART21 Education Cohort program since 2017 and actively participates in workshops and volunteer opportunities to reinforce and strengthen my skills as an artist and educator.
Courses: Photography 1 & 2
Music Education (University of Delaware) MM Music Education (University of Miami)
Greg Casement is currently the VAPA Academy Instrumental Music Teacher at Albert Einstein High School. Joining the faculty in 2021, he
is excited to be a part of this amazing community. Prior to his time at AEHS Greg has taught music for seven years, and most recently was the instrumental music teacher at Paint Branch H.S. in Burtonsville, MD. He has an extensive background in percussion,
jazz, and the marching arts and is an active leader in the music education community. Greg is the creator of the MoCo Marching Band Collective, the co-founder of the MCPS Marching Band Showcase and is on the executive board of the Montgomery County Music Educators Association and the Maryland Marching Band Association.
Courses: Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble
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 eighteenth 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.
Courses: Guitar I & II, Music Perspectives, Piano I & II
MA & BS Dance Education (New York University) Administrative Certificate (Hood College)
Tricia Gooley-Rarick is currently the VAPA Academy Head and Fine Arts Resource Teacher at Albert Einstein High School. She has been at AEHS since 2006. Prior to her time here, 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 and choreographing for 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.
Courses: Dance As A Fine Art, Dance As PE, Dance 2, Choreography, Dance Company
MAT Art Education (GWU/Corcoran School of Art & Design), JD (George Washington Law School), Post Baccalaureate (Maryland Institute College of Art), BA Political Science (Union College)
Judybeth Greene joined the visual art team at Albert Einstein High School in 2020. Ms. Greene has taught visual art at the Washington International School (MS) and Capital City Public Charter School (HS). Her work has been featured in galleries and local venues such as Artscape and Eastern Market, and she has received numerous commissions. Ms. Greene is active in community-based social justice art programs; Greene was awarded a Creativity Grant from the Maryland State Arts Commission for her community-building ceramics program, and regularly serves as a judge for the Montgomery County ACT-SO art competition. Ms. Greene designed a 60’ mural at the Center for Creative Non-Violence in DC and guided middles schoolers creating murals at Neelsville Middle School (though Story Tapestries). She previously worked as a voting rights lawyer with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice for over 27 years.
Courses: Ceramics 1, Foundations of Art & Culture
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, Studio Art I
BA (University of Maryland)
Jennifer Helm joined the AEHS faculty in 2021 and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and a National Board Certified teacher. She is a practicing artist, a mother of two college-aged children, and is currently working on a master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in the UK. Ms. Helm believes strongly in the healing power of creating art and is looking forward to working with the amazing students at Albert Einstein.
Courses: Foundations of Art & Culture, Studio Art 4, AP 2-D Design, AP Drawing
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 & Sculpture 1-3, AP Studio 3-D Design
MEd (University of Maryland, College Park), BFA Painting & Art History (Syracuse University)
Laura Petito is excited to start her first year at Albert Einstein High School in 2021. She comes to us from Newport Mill Middle School, where she spent three years teaching visual art. Prior to receiving her Master's degree in education, she was a visual merchandiser and display artist for Anthropologie. Ms. Petito is a product of MCPS schools, having graduated from Walter Johnson High School. She is excited to bring her love of drawing and painting to her new school!
Courses: Studio Art 1,2, & 3, IB Visual Art 1 & 2
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 Theory and AP Music Theory
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 I & II
BA Dance (University of Maryland)
Joelle Solar is in her third 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: Junior Dance Company, Latin Dance, Dance As A Fine Art, Dance as PE, Yoga