Kathryn Arthur

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University; have taught in a variety of settings including public, Christian, and homeschool education, private voice, and piano instruction.

Began Teaching at WAA: 2013

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Forming relationships with students through working together

Interesting Fact: I can bake a beautiful loaf of bread!

Email: daisyonmytoe.va@gmail.com

Leonor Ayala

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Arts in Music Education; Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Taught music since 1999, Elementary and Middle school levels. Taught private lessons for flute, piano, and voice. Assist with the ‘Little Mozart’s class at WAA 2017-2019. Conducted the WAA Children’s Chorus.

Began Teaching at WAA: 2017

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: The happiness received by motivating, inspiring, and offering each child the opportunity to be creative and confident through their works.

Interesting Fact: I love bowling and playing ping-pong.

Email: liayala15@gmail.com

Rachel Bradley

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Music Education (choral); Master’s in Music Education (Vocal performance); paid singer with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Virginia Arts Festival; professional accompanist for 9 years; musical director/conductor for local community theater; classroom and choral experience at the elementary, secondary, collegiate, and community/church levels

Began Teaching at WAA: 2016

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Being able to work with someone on a personal level to achieve their goals and develop their talents

Interesting Fact: recently started songwriting

Email: rachmezzo@gmail.com

Savanna Coburn

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education with 10 years of teaching experience

Began Teaching at WAA: 2021

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Encouraging curious minds

Interesting Fact: I have New Zealand citizenship.

Email: savanna.coburn88@gmail.com

Madi Goodwin

Education/Experience: I graduated from Denbigh Baptist Christian School in 2020 and planned to attend New York Film Academy to further study photography. Due to Covid-19, my classes were canceled. Instead of postponing my education, I decided to get all the hands-on experience I could on my own.

Began Teaching at WAA: 2021

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: My favorite thing about teaching is seeing every individual’s creativity and style develop right before my eyes!

Interesting Fact: I believe God led me to Bethel through so many different people and events so I can help those interested in photography get started in learning and building a basic foundation.

Email: photography.goodwin@gmail.com

Tiffany Hinson

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Science, University of North Carolina Pembroke

Began Teaching at WAA: 2020

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: I love being behind the scenes and working with the instructors and planning making sure you and/or your student have the best possible experience and year here at the Academy!

Interesting Fact: I have no musical talent, other than a few junior high years of clarinet (hello 1st chair!)

Email: worshiparts@bbcyorktown.org

Holly Johnson

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Arts in Theater; Master of Arts in Organizational Management; Taught drama at Centerstage Academy; acting, directing, producing, lights, sound, set design & construction; VP of Production, play reading committee and program design; Dinner Theatre; TV & Film.

Began Teaching at WAA: 2021

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Seeing the excitement of others when learning something new and when they accomplish something that surprises them!

 Interesting Fact: I love acting/being on stage! But I’m a little shy. I do not like speaking in front of people and I’m terrified to sing by myself in front of people.

Email: actressjunkee@aol.com

Joy McMinn

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Georgetown College; Master of Arts in Worship from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Teacher Covenant Classical Community School

Began Teaching at WAA: 2021

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Learning is fun! Teaching affords me the opportunity to learn alongside my students.

Interesting Fact: I have been 47 of the 50 states. Someday I hope to visit North Dakota, Hawaii, and Alaska!

Email: joymcminn@att.net

Keith McMinn

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Science in Religion at Shorter University, Masters of Church Music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Published arranger, orchestrator, and composer. I have taught piano, Finale, writing, and music theory since 2002.

Began Teaching at WAA: 2013

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: I love to see students grow both musically and spiritually.

Interesting Fact: I used to own a car detail business.

Email: kmcminn@bbcyorktown.org

Roger Novak

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Music Education Degree, University of New Mexico; Graduate courses in Music Education, Eastern NM University and West Texas A&M University; Community College of the Air Force Associate’s Degree in Music; Orff Level I Workshop (Music & Movement); 38 years in music education teaching students of all ages. 35 years as a professional performing musician.

Began Teaching at WAA: 2018

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Leading students to discover for themselves new musical and technical concepts/ideas at every lesson. That steadily contributes to joyful and successful artistic growth; I truly enjoy the journey with them.

Interesting Fact:  I was a featured extra in the movie Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg.

Email: rogernovak1@hotmail.com

Corey Pavlosky

Education/Experience: Music Director & Worship Leader, Coastal Church; 10 years as a private instructor; Record Producer & Audio Engineer through Pipe Dream Studios; Drums, Bass, Guitar, & Piano Sessions player

Began Teaching at WAA: 2017

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: I love seeing students grow in their gifts to the point where they can start to serve in local churches & find outlets to play their instruments.

Interesting Fact: I’m a lefty! But I play all of my instruments as a right-handed player.

Email: corey_pavlosky@yahoo.com

Ronaldo Teles

Education/Experience: Doctor of Musical Arts (2019) and Master’s of Music in Cello Performance (2015) from Louisiana State University, and Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (2013). Teaching experience in private and group settings, as well as in public schools.

Began Teaching at WAA: 2020

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: The opportunity to guide and support students in their own musical experience and share my passion and joy in music making.

 Interesting Fact: I am married to my beautiful and talented pianist and choral teacher, Leah Parr. We played a cello and piano recital together when we were in graduate school at LSU. I enjoy skiing and ice skating.

Email: clarkteles@gmail.com

Autum Stover

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a minor in Biblical Studies and a preschool teacher for 3 years

Began Teaching at WAA: 2021

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: I love working with children and seeing their faces when they finally understand something or learn something new. Also, when teaching preschoolers, I love to hear what they have to say. You never know what treasures they are about to drop on you.

Interesting Fact: I played the trombone in middle school, and I was in the school chorus from elementary school through high school.

Email: astover1@liberty.edu

Peggy Watson

Education/Experience: Bachelor of Music, Grove City College; Master of Science, Long Island University; Teaching music with a specialty in violin since 1980; Playing in string quartets since 1990; Concertmaster of Hampton Roads Philharmonic since 2013


Began Teaching at WAA: 2014

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Rejoicing with my students when they master a new skill or a new piece

Interesting Fact: I play violin, viola, piano, flute, guitar, recorder, mandolin, and oboe.

Email: peggy.watson@cox.net