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Wilkes-Barre Area School District 730 South Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711-0376
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Raphael Cooper

Raphael Cooper

Raphael Cooper began his training in Scranton, under the instruction of the world renowned teacher, Constance Reynold.  Later, he would continue his study in the Wyoming Valley under the late, Peter Degnan. Under Degnan's tutelage, Cooper would be accepted to some of the best Ballet Programs under scholarship: such as American Ballet Theater, School of the American Ballet, and The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet. In addition, he was a scholarship recipient for the Broadway Theater Project, with such known artists such as Ann Reinking and Gregory Hines.  Later, he would become Philadelphia Ballet Theater's (under the direction of Mikhail Korogodsky) youngest Principal Dancer at the age of 17. Cooper was also an Adjunct professor of Dance for 5 years at Misericordia University.  He would perform on Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place, where he danced with Selena Gomez. He also performed for Cisco Industries at Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, NV.  Prior to, Cooper was also Master of Ceremonies, and a performer for the Boys and Girls Clubs National and Regional Conferences in New Orleans, New York City, and Boston.  Recently, he operated Cooper Dance Academy, where he led a group that would perform at the Halftime show for the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.  He has also received National Awards at several conventions.

Joelle DeLuca

Joelle Deluca

Mrs. Joelle Schwab DeLuca is a 1989 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School, and a 1993 Graduate of Wilkes University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and received her Administrative Certificate in 2016. In high school, she competed in District, Regional and State Chorus. She also performed in many theatrical performances, in music camps, high school, college, and local community theatre. Joelle ran a music studio for several years before beginning her teaching careerin the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. She performed with the local wedding band, “Which Doctor?” for 20 years. Currently, she is the Choral Director and General Music Teacher at Meyers High School. She is also the Organist and Choir Director at St. Maria Goretti Church in Laflin. She is married to her husband, James, and they have a son, Marco, who is currently studying Communications at Temple University.

Ann Gubitose

Ann Gubitose

Ann Gubitose earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Graphic Design from Wilkes University in 1991.  She completed extensive studio time in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography and graphic design.  She returned to Wilkes University in 1999 for graduate work in Education and Teaching Certification in Art Education for K -12. Mrs. Gubitose started her teaching career in 2001 and has been an Art teacher at G.A.R. Memorial High School for sixteen years.  Her courses have included Junior High Art, Senior High Art I and Art II, Black and White Film Photography and Digital Photography. Mrs. Gubitose’s Art students have competed and won awards in local arts competitions; many continue to study art and photography in college and are working in the art and design field.  In addition to her teaching experience, Ann has worked professionally as a graphic designer and has owned and operated a dress boutique.

Lynn Hurst

Lynn Hurst

Lynn Hurst has been a teacher in the Wilkes-Barre School District since 2004. She is a graduate of College Misericordia (currently Misericordia University), where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. While at Misericordia, she studied violin under Ferdinand Liva. Mrs. Hurst has been teaching string students from 5th through 12th grades. Students studying string instruments under her tutelage have gone on to play in District and Regional Orchestra Festivals.  They have also gone to higher education majoring in music performance and music education. She has taught string method classes and private lessons at Misericordia University.  She has freelanced on violin with the Ballet Theater, Northeastern Philharmonic, Northern Tier Symphony, Choral Society, Sinfonia da Camera, The Theatre at the Grove in Nuangola, Music Box Dinner Playhouse, and The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre. She is a member of the Strad String Quartet and co-founder of the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. As a freelance violinist, she has played for many celebrities; including Clay Aiken, Regis Philbin, Rosemary Clooney, Bob Hope, Cathy Rigby, Richard Harris, Olivia Newton-John, Bobby Vinton, Tony Bennett, Irish Tenors, Forte Tenors, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Moody Blues and many more. She has also played for the touring companies of Chicago, Peter Pan, Sound of Music and Camelot. She has a private teaching studio teaching violin, viola and cello. She is also an active member of PMEA.

Alice Y. Lyons

Alice Lyons

Alice Y. Lyons has been a teacher in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District since 2003, teaching English, Public Speaking, Creative Writing and being at the helm of the Coughlin/G.A.R. Drama Club. Mrs. Lyons received two bachelor’s degrees from Wilkes University in Education and English with a minor in Theatre. She also holds a master’s degree in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University. Since the 2003-2004 school year, the Coughlin/G.A.R. Players have blossomed into one of the best high school drama clubs in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She has been involved in the local theatrical scene in hundreds of productions as an actor, director, costumer, set, lighting, sound designer, and stage manager, even receiving a Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance Award for Best Director of a musical in 2012 for her production of Hairspray! She has been seen on stage as an actor and behind the scenes for The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, The Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Showcase Theatre, Act Out Theatre, KISS Theatre Company, Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute, Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts and The Misfit Players, for which she is a founding member. For the last twenty years, she has been an avid director and teacher of the arts, helping and mentoring young thespians hone their craft through directing locally, and being formerly and currently involved with acting seminars for King’s College’s Hispanic Outreach Program, Wilkes University Summer program, KISS Theatre Company, and the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary. Mrs. Lyons can also be seen and heard, on occasion, singing the national anthem and emceeing for the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. She happily resides in Wilkes-Barre with her husband, Lou.

Patricia S. Martin

Patricia Martin

Mrs. Patricia Martin has taught in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for 32 years, teaching elementary music, Jr. High General Music, and 9-12 High School Chorus.  She graduated from Wilkes University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and Marywood University with a Master's Degree in Liturgical Music. She has studied both piano and organ with Edward Loch, Anne Liva, Sr. Jeremy Hornung, and Dr. Keith Chapman. She currently teaches 8th grade General Music and High School Chorus in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. She is the Music Director, in charge of music, choir, and cantors, at St. Faustina Church in Nanticoke.