Michelle Holdt is the Founding Executive Director of Arts Ed Matters. She is also an arts integration specialist and theater educator with a strong commitment to leading an arts rich life and making the arts available for all children. For 20+ years, she has been a drama teacher, professional development leader, and arts administrator in a wide variety of educational settings. Michelle is adjunct faculty at Cal State East Bay in the Teacher Education Dept. and a faculty member at the Integrated Learning Specialist Program for the Alameda County Office of Education.


  • BA in Drama and Human Development, Harvard University
  • Masters in Theatre and Dance, University of New Mexico
  • Clear K-8 multiple subject credential, New College of California in San Francisco
  • Masters and Credential in Educational Administration, San Francisco State University
  • Arts Integration Certificate, The Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership

Serves on: 

  • Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area Executive Board
  • SFUSD Arts Education Master Plan Advisory Committee



Susan Wolf is a teaching artist and Integrated Learning Specialist. Often immersed in printmaking projects and simple book forms, frequently journaling and crafting mixed media imagery with ideas, sometimes performing site specific works. Susan frequently uses the lens of contemporary art practice to understand the world. Previous school sites as an Arts Integration coach include Jefferson Elementary in San Leandro and Anna Yates Elementary in Emeryville. Currently teaching at Rosa Parks and Washington Elementary schools Berkeley Unified School District as arts integration specialist mentoring teachers and modeling integrated learning strategies in classrooms and on any available surfaces including the transformation of bulletin boards into thinking walls. Susan is also often clicking around, following and re-posting interesting ideas and evidence of practice online as social media content provider for Alameda County Office of Education, art is education and the integrated learning department.


  • BA, Studio Art, Lawrence University
  • Video, Art Education, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Harvard Teaching Institute, Certificate, Teaching for Understanding
  • Arts Integration Certificate, The Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership

Serves as:

  • Integrated Learning Coach Oakbrook Elementary, Fairfield
  • Arts Coach and Integrated Learning Specialist, Alameda County Office of Education


Kathy Piscioneri is an artist, art teacher and former museum educator with 18 years' experience teaching K-5 Visual Art in public schools in New York and California. In addition to teaching art, she has always loved collaborating with fellow teachers to integrate art into their curriculum and to support any and all art projects they wanted to do in their own classrooms. In her own art teaching, Kathy has designed and implemented standards based art programs that provide students with exposure to a great variety of mediums based on the use of non-prefabricated art materials such as paint, clay, collage/construction materials and found objects. Studying the Reggio Emilia philosophies have driven her teaching to place great emphasis on honoring process and story in student work while providing them ample time for exploration of materials. As a former museum educator, she also regularly uses images of art work in her teaching as a springboard for deep conversations with students that are modeled after the Visual Thinking Strategies framework.


Advisory Board


Mark Hauber - Education Outreach Manager Center for Art and Translation

Catherine Theilen Burke - Content Specialist, Visual Arts @ SFUSD

Jenee Gill - Independent Arts Administrator

David Gluck - Independent Non Profit Arts Consultant

Christine Young - Theatre professor in Performing Arts and Social Justice @ USF

Marilyn Koral - Teacher/Administrator Emeritus

Todd Berman - San Francisco Artist & Founder The Art Don’t Stop

Andrew Nance - Founder MindfulArtsSF, Writer, Actor, Director, and Producer

Peter Sroka - SFUSD Music and Drama Teacher

Ruth Mankin - Art and Education Consultant



Arts Education: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking