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Project Design Lab

Teaching Artist Roster

These teaching artists are available to work with your educator team at the Project Design Lab and for a seven-day residency next year to help implement your project. 

Teaching artist assignments are determined by the goals of your project and your geographic proximity to the teaching artists.

Once you have registered a team and chosen the essential question that will guide your project design, CEL staff will work with you to select a teaching artist.

Vist the PDL FAQ page for more details on how the PDL works.

Ashley Hensel-Browning, Dance

Ashley’s residencies manipulate time, shape, and space to find connections between movement and curricular subjects.


Her residency experiences are often based on problem-posing methods that encourage experimentation and play. Ashley leads students to explore and play with creative movement, and understand and practice the art of dance-making. Examples include using dance and movement to explore choreographic structures and mathematical patterns, narratives in story and movement, physical enactment of historical periods or learning social dances of a particular era, acting out magnetism through the body in pairs, or exploring symmetrical and asymmetrical shape through the body. Learn More about Ashley

2023 Project Design Lab

July 10-14 / 9:00am - 4:00pm

University of Vermont / Burlington

Tuition is $2,000 per person for three graduate credits or $1,750 per person for 40 hours re-certification creditsTuition includes a private air-conditioned dorm room with centrally located individual bath at the University of Vermont, plus breakfast and lunch. Everyone is on their own for dinner in Burlington. 

The Teaching Artist fee is $4,500 for a seven-day residency.


School teams must include at least three educators (K-12 classroom teachers, councilors, paras, special educators, staff, administrators). Teams can be from the same grades and content areas, or mixed. Teams may include educators from different schools in the district. 


Visit the PDL FAQ page for answers to questions about team participation, tuition & fees, lodging & meals, daily schedule, teaching artist selection, and more.


See examples of previous projects created at the Project Design Lab here


Contact Community Engagement Lab Executive Director:

Paul Gambill(802) 595-0087

Accrediting institution

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We invite you to let us know about specific accommodations you may need to participate in the Project Design Lab. We will make every effort to honor your request. 


Contact: Paul Gambill or (802) 595-0087

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  2023 Faculty

ERIC BOOTH (he/him)

Eric is widely referred to as one of the nation’s best teachers of creativity, and the father of the teaching artist profession. He is CEL's co-founder and Engagement Director. In 2015 he was awarded the nation's highest honor for an arts educator (the Arts Education Leadership Award by Americans For The Arts), and was named one of the 25 most important people in the U.S. arts. In arts learning, he has taught at Juilliard (13 years), Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (35 years), and The Kennedy Center (12 years). He is the founder and co-designer of the International Teaching Artist Conferences, the recipient of the first honorary doctorate in teaching artistry (New England Conservatory), and was the keynote speaker at UNESCO's first world arts education conference.  Eric's website

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As the Community Engagement Lab's Creative Education Director, Susan brings with her years of experience helping educators enact student-centered pedagogies in Vermont. In addition to her work with CEL, she serves as the program lead and teaches courses in UVM's Educational Technology Online sequence, and co-directs UVM's Learning Lab, a network for educators to engage in action research with their students. Through her work as a district-wide technology integration coach and ten year experience as a professional development coordinator at the Tarrant Institute of Innovative Education at UVM, Susan designs professional development experiences that model best practices in teaching and assessment. She worked at Harwood Union High School as the English department chair as well as the Library Media Specialist. In 2007, she won the Milken Educator Award for Vermont.

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Ashley is a teaching artist, dance educator and choreographer whose work investigates how movement creates a more aware, engaged, and connected community. She has received multiple grants for her work in public schools and community sites and is a Juried Teaching Artist through the Vermont Arts Council. Projects include teacher trainings, school residencies, dance in libraries, restorative justice and correctional facilities programs as well as community-inspired and inclusive original productions. She received her Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education and teaches at the Dance Factory in Springfield, Vermont. Ashley's website

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Erin is a grateful settler on the indigenous lands of the Sokoki Abenaki in Southern Vermont. Born and raised in Hawai’i, Erin Maile is supported and nourished by her Hawaiian ancestry, culture and continued mentorship from her elders. As an educator, trainer and community artist/activator, she has developed kinesthetic, multigenerational curriculums that facilitate group inclusion, connection, co-authorship and empathy. Erin’s background in dance, theater and architecture has made the crafting of temporal spaces and community arts engagement at the core of much of her work. Erin's website

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EMILY ROSS (she/her)

Emily is an elementary educator who has taught in Vermont schools for the last nine years.  Ross worked as a third grade generalist teacher at the St. Johnsbury School.  For the last five years she has worked at Newbury Elementary School, specializing in fifth and sixth grade Humanities.  She is also a member of the school's Forest School Committee. Ross has a passion for arts integration and project based learning.  She has participated in the Project Design Lab three times as a teacher.  In her time at the PDL, she has developed projects pairing weather hazards with multidisciplinary art, Vermont history with poetry and music composition, and outdoor learning with cyanotype.  

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GOWRI SAVOOR (she/her)

Gowri is a visual-teaching artist, whose practice includes sculpture, illustration, and writing. Born in England, she moved to the US in 2007. Savoor has been a practicing teaching artist for over 20 years, with experience in arts integration and community building. Gowri is the instigator of A River of Light, a movement committed to bringing art to the community through participatory art events, installations, and lantern parades. She is also the co-founder of Teaching Artists Connect, an organization providing creative and inspiring professional development workshops for teaching artists and educators in North Carolina and beyond. Gowri's website.

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