Wenden Sanders, Director
Mr. Wenden Sanders has served the students, families, community and HISD the last eight years. He served as principal of Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School for 6 year and led the campus to achieve six TEA distinctions in the areas of mathematics, ELA/Reading, Science, closing the achievement gap, post-secondary readiness and student progress.
Mr. Sanders has been a public school educator for 26 years with thirteen as a choral music teacher/fine arts department chair and thirteen as a campus administrator. As a music educator, he led his choirs to earn UIL sweepstakes, best of class and consistent superior awards. Over 350 students in his choral music programs were provided cultural arts travel experiences to New York, Italy, Germany and France where they developed a deeper understanding and appreciation of music and art. He served as a Texas Music Adjudication Association judge, Texas Music Education Association region officer, fine arts department chair and member of the Texas Choral Directors Association, ASCD, NASSP, TASSP, HAMA and HASA.
Mr. Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree of Music in Music Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and a master’s degree of education in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University.Contact Information:
Jared Berry, Theatre Curriculum Specialist
Jared Berry is Houston ISD’s Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist for Theatre.
Previous to his current position, Mr. Berry was the Magnet Coordinator at Pin Oak Middle School. Before moving to administration, Mr. Berry was the Director of Theatre at Pin Oak for eight years. Other teaching credits include a two-year stint at Shenfield High School in Brentwood, Essex, England and one year at Lamar High School in Houston. Mr. Berry is active in Texas’ U.I.L. One Act Play contest as a certified adjudicator and contest manager.
Mr. Berry holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Wright State University, an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and he completed his Principal Certification through Lamar University.
Directing credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Taming of the Shrew, 13: The Musical, Amadeus, Anything Goes, Romeo and Juliet, Guys and Dolls, Reckless, The Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Annie at Pin Oak; Blackout (U.S. Premiere), Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Poet and the Rent at Lamar; The Music Man, Look After Lulu, and The Wizard of Oz at Shenfield.Contact Information:
Chandel Bonner-Hancock, Secondary Visual Arts Curriculum Specialist
Chandel Bonner-Hancock, is the Secondary Visual Arts Curriculum Specialist. She has been an arts advocate and teacher in HISD for almost 20 years. Prior to her position, she came to us from Aldine ISD where she taught at MacArthur HS, she also taught at the now merged Ketelsen Elementary School (was Lamar/Lee Elementary School) and Jefferson Elementary school teaching PK-5 Visual Arts, where arts programs were established for the first time in Historic Near Northside’s history. She transitioned to middle school at Marshall Academy of Fine Arts where she served as teacher, Vanguard Coordinator and Magnet Coordinator. Once returning to school for a Degree in School Administration from UH she started her administrative role at Meyerland PVAMS (formerly Johnston) where she served many roles. She has written curriculum for Project GRAD Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, AISD and HISD; integrating the Academic Core into the Enrichment Core is a true passion while punctuating the curriculum with technological experiences for students. She is a proud member of NAEA, TAEA, HAEA, TAGT and MFAH Fellows and Who Dat Nation.
Mrs. Hancock holds a B.A. in Art Education PK-12 and a M.Ed. in Education Administration both from the University of Houston. She is thrilled to work in such a “Creatively” filled environment as HISD.Contact Information:
Craig Hauschildt, Arts Integration Specialist
Craig Hauschildt is an active percussionist and advocate for arts education, with a particular passion for arts integration. Prior to joining HISD, he served its students as the Director of Education and Community Initiatives at DA CAMERA chamber music and jazz through their Music Encounters program, which fused learning in the fine arts with language arts, math, science, and social studies. He has previously taught at the University of Houston and Texas A&M University and performs regularly with a number of Houston arts organizations including Da Camera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Musiqa, Mercury, and Bach Society Houston.
Dr. Hauschildt brings his curiosity for the arts to his work in the district, where one of his primary goals is to support the efforts of foundation teachers to bring the arts into their classrooms with ever-increasing intention. Within the field of music, his studies have focused on the European classical canon and extended to the diverse musical traditions of Africa, the African diaspora in the Americas, and the Silk Road. He enjoys exploring the interrelationship of these musical traditions, how they develop through time, and how they are interconnected with the visual arts, drama, and dance. His pursuit of these interests stems from the liberal arts education he received at Lawrence University and was fostered during his graduate studies at the Rice University, Shepherd School of Music.Contact Information:
Sanja Korman, Dance Curriculum Specialist
Sanja Korman is the K–12 Dance Curriculum Specialist. As an enthusiastic arts-in-education advocate and nationally recognized K–12 dance educator, Mrs. Korman chose to join Houston ISD's Fine Arts Department to be able to share her knowledge and expertise with her curriculum specialist team members, dance teachers, and dance students within HISD's dance programs.
Mrs. Korman’s belief is that everyone has their own talents that require platforms to showcase them. She is collaborating with her team members to inspire imagination and provide the avenues to express creativity. She believes in students’ self-expression through the arts, and she highly respects students’ artistic work.
Mrs. Korman has been an educator for 30 years in three different countries. She spent the last 16 years as a dance instructor at Bellaire High School where she established a full fine arts dance program. She was the founder and artistic director of eMotion Dance Company, a nationally recognized school dance company, with a theatrical experience of dance technique, choreography, rehearsals, performance, and productions. The primary target of her teaching philosophy is promoting independent, global, and creative thinkers who will feel confident in themselves and who are willing to take risks, work cooperatively, and be original and innovative problem solvers.
Mrs. Korman earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Sarajevo in her native Bosnia & Herzegovina, Europe. When the war in her homeland escalated, she moved to Austria and spent six years teaching and coaching rhythmic gymnastics and dance. Mrs. Korman earned her master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction, from Concordia University in Texas.
Mrs. Korman was recognized twice as a National K-12 Dance Teacher of the Year in 2008 by the National Dance Association and by the Dance Magazine publication. She is a proud member of many professional dance organizations where she served as an officer: National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA) and Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD). Mrs. Korman was appointed by TEA as a dance committee member of the Fine Arts TEKS Reviewing Committee in 2012-2013, and successfully created Texas dance standards.Contact Information:
Rickey Polidore, K-5 Visual Arts Curriculum Specialist
Rickey F. Polidore Jr., is the K–5 Visual Arts Curriculum Specialist. He is a product of HISD; he attended Lovett ES, Lawson MS, and Madison HS. Prior to his new position in the district, he was the Fine Arts Department Chairperson and Visual Arts Instructor at Lovett Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School and has been an educator in the Houston Independent School District for over a decade. He began his career at Woodson K–8 School where he served as both an art teacher and science teacher. After Woodson, Mr. Polidore worked at High School Ahead Academy where he created an arts-infused curriculum that was implemented campus wide and that used researched best practices derived from Arts Integration Instruction. He has also serves on the Educational Committee and as a liaison for multiple arts entities in the city and has many years of experience working closely with their offices planning programs and working with teaching artists on a variety of community projects. Mr. Polidore has also worked with the Houston Community College, Summer Bridge STEAM Academy as director and instructor of bio-fuels and solar power design for the Minority Male Initiative. He is passionate about transforming the thoughts of traditional educational practitioners into those of artistic visionaries, beginning at the primary levels of the educational process.Contact Information:
Damian D. Price, Music Curriculum Specialist for General Music, Vocal Music and Piano
Damian D. Price, is the latest addition to the Fine Arts Team of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) in the role of Music Curriculum Specialist for General Music, Vocal Music and Piano (K-12).Damian is a product of HISD, attending John G. Osborne Elementary School, Ruby Sue Clifton Middle School and is a proud graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA).He began his teaching career with the Aldine Independent School District and prior to his new position at HISD, he was the Music Instructor at the A. B. Anderson Academy where he initiated a music – core curriculum alignment standard and was the founder of the Gentlemen’s Club an initiative to reinforce positive behavior for the male students of Anderson Academy.Damian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Texas Southern University (TSU), Houston, TX and a Master of Arts Degree in Music and Worship from Liberty University (LU), Lynchburg, VA and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Worship Studies Degree from Liberty University.He serves as a Minister of Music and Arts and a composer; composing music for children, choral arrangements, anthems, hymns and spirituals.His music has been published by GIA Publications and featured in Total Praise Hymnal by GIA and the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and the Lead Me, Guide Me Hymnal also published by GIA Publications.Contact Information:
David White, Instrumental Music Curriculum Specialist
David White is the Instrumental Music Curriculum Specialist for the Houston ISD. He is a product of HISD, attending Ryan Elementary School, Clifton Middle School and Waltrip High School. On scholarship, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s degree in music performance from the University of Houston. He has helped establish many orchestra and band programs in HISD He has taught in the classroom for sixteen years, teaching in both public and private schools. He has also taught from the elementary to the college level. From 2002, he founded and served as the president of the Neo School of Music. He is an active classical and jazz performer. In his free time, he teaches orchestra to his daughter’s girl scout troop, is an avid reader and is a cycling enthusiast.Contact Information: