The arts are essential. They teach students innumerable lessons—practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, collaboration leads to creativity. The arts also teach children that there are several paths to take when approaching problems and that all problems can have more than one solution.
Research has also shown impressive benefits of arts education on entire school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance. Numerous reports discuss the ways that increased access to and involvement in arts education encourage students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in life, and succeed in work.
Hello! My name is Brianna Enoksen, and this is my third year as the music teacher at AFSA! I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and graduated from Bethel University in 2016 with a degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education. After graduating, I taught K-5 General Music, 6-12th Grade Bands, and 7th and 8th Grade Choir in Grand Marais for a year before deciding to move back to the cities to be closer to family. In my free time, I enjoy doing crafts, watching movies, and playing in a community orchestra. I am excited for my third year at AFSA and I am looking forward to sharing my love of music with students!
I am an Arts activist, and have a passion for sharing my love of theatre with everyone, especially young people. In fact the old addage of the "3 R's" should be changed to 4...Reading, wRiting, aRithmatic, and aRts!
As Viola Spolin (The founder of modern improv) once said, "Everybody can act...Anyone who wishes to can play in the theatre and learn to be 'Stageworthy'." This is a powerful staatement that I embody in all my classes and productions I direct. That's why any student who auditions for a play or musical at AFSA is cast! No exceptions!
Art persistently shows up in every person’s life and therefore is for every person. Teaching art in a classroom helps students problem solve, think critically about decisions they make, explore and discover ways to communicate and express themselves. As a teacher, it is my goal to be the facilitator and guide; to assist my students in brainstorming, problem solving, planning and learning about the fundamentals. The k-12 art spaces at AFSA will be a place of learning, discovery, successes and of course FUN! This is my fourth year teaching at a Minnesota Charter School and I am so excited to be at AFSA this year! Outside of school I love to read, surf Pinterest, work on artwork and graphic design, play volleyball, coach baseball and go kayaking as much as I can.