Sheyna Ferraro is an active member of the arts community as a teacher, organization leader, and a former professional dancer. High quality, accessible arts training is Ms. Ferraro’s passion. A graduate from Leadership Fort Worth's Leading Edge program, she serves as a board member for FurtherDance Fort Worth and Expanco and co-founded the Fort Worth Dance Forum. Ms. Ferraro joined the Texas Center for Arts + Academics family in 2003 as a member of the FWAFA dance faculty where she continues to teach and direct their Academy Dance Company. In 2015, Ms. Ferraro was named the Director of the Texas Dance Conservatory and has taken on the role of Director for TCAA’s newest program, the Texas Art Conservatory. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet along with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Dance from Texas Christian University. Even before graduating from TCU, Ms. Ferraro started teaching at local dance studios and choreographing for middle and high school dance programs. She enjoyed performing with both Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth before retiring from performing to focus on teaching. A life-long learner, Ms. Ferraro was the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship Scholarship in 2012 and in the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia to study traditional Balinese style dance. Ms. Ferraro encourages young artists to be life-long learners as she influences them through her dance classes and her organizational involvements.
Monica Barrera is a visual art educator and fine artist. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Monica attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts with a concentration in visual art. With a passion for printmaking and drawing, Monica graduated from The University of Texas in Arlington with a BFA in printmaking and gained experience in drawing, papermaking, bookmaking, relief printing, intaglio printing, screen printing, lithography, ceramics, painting, digital design, and art history. While continually creating fine art from home and displaying work at shows and events around DFW, Monica attended The University of North Texas and received her master’s in art education in December 2018. Monica researched and studied current art education pedagogies and presented curriculum that includes visual culture at the National Art Education Association Conference in Seattle, WA. As a certified art teacher in the state of Texas, Monica has been privileged to teach art full time to elementary and middle school students. She is excited to share knowledge, techniques, and passion for art with the young artists of the Texas Art Conservatory.