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Derrick Norton

Derrick Norton is a writing instructor with a passion for storytelling. He has won several poetry and short prose awards around the country, and his writing has been published both online and in traditional publications. He encourages students to explore their voices and craft compelling narratives. Derrick’s classes are known for lively discussions, supportive feedback, …

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Alicia Moyer

Alicia Moyer teaches filmmaking. After working on various film projects, she discovered her passion for teaching and decided to focus on helping the next generation of filmmakers. Alicia possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies and is known for her hands-on approach, encouraging students to learn through creating. Her colleagues and students admire her innovative …

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Lindsey Burke

Lindsey Burke is an accomplished visual artist and educator specializing in drawing and painting. Having spent several years as a professional artist, she brings her love for creativity into the classroom. Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and encourages her students to see the world through an artistic lens. She is known for her …

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Joanna Kerr

Joanna Kerr teaches music. Her love for music started in her school’s choir, and she has never looked back. With a Master’s degree in Music Education, she loves inspiring young musicians and helping them find their unique voice. Joanna’s teaching style is engaging and personalized, helping each student shine in their own way. During her …

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Andy Wheeler

Andy Wheeler teaches filmmaking and animation. Growing up, he always knew he wanted to be a teacher. When he saw Toy Story for the first time, he fell in love with animation and he knew what he wanted to teach! He also loves puns and everything to do with the Chicago Cubs. When he’s not …

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Holly Dunlap

Holly Dunlap teaches game design. She worked professionally as a game designer for mobile games for three years before realizing that teaching is her true passion. She joined us in 2017 and now she’s one of Alyra’s longest-standing teachers! Holly is known for going above and beyond for her students — if you need a …

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