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Music

Jeanie Adamson has been the Music Teacher for the Guthrie School since it’s opening in 2014.  Her passion for music started at a young age when she studied piano and sang in church choirs.  Throughout her childhood she learned to play many instruments, including the flute, alto saxophone, cello, recorder, handbells and guitar.  She fell in love with performing in high school and community theater productions and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Communications at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  She married her husband, David, and spent most of the last two decades raising their five sons.  Living with all those boys gave her a sense of how to keep calm in the chaos!  She has taught preschool MusikGarten classes and directed many Music and Art summer camps throughout her life. She is currently active as a musician/vocalist/choir director at St. Jude Catholic church, All Saints Catholic Church, Ursuline Academy and Parkinson’s Voice Project. Getting to teach the Guthrie students how to sing, dance, act and perform in their class musicals and in the All-school Productions is a great joy!  Her favorite part of teaching is giving each student the opportunity to express themselves musically in class or on a stage and being surprised every year by the talent here at the Guthrie School!

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Art

Karen Karnuta has been teaching art at The Guthrie School since the school opened in 2014. She is currently the Chairperson of the Town of Fairview Public Arts Committee, Head of the St. Jude Catholic Church’s Carnival Art Show, Scenic Designer and Scenic Painter for Lovejoy High School’s annual musical theatre production and a member of the NTPG (North Texas Printmakers Guild).  She is a working artist and frequently shows her work in the community. Although Mrs. Karnuta has studied art for many years at Collin College, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and minors in Economics and French.  She worked for several years in commercial banking before starting a family with her husband, Dan.  She has been happily married to Dan since 1988 and they have two adult children. She has lived in Maryland, Virginia, England, Connecticut and Texas. Her favorite thing about teaching at The Guthrie School is seeing the children produce wonderful art work of which they are rightfully proud and also the high level of support the school provides the arts.

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Chinese

Anita Qin graduated from Zhongshan University in China with a Bachelor’s degree. She has high school teaching experience in China, and has taught Chinese for 9 years in the States. She has a 5 year old son and a 9 year old daughter that she loves very much. She spends her free-time listening to music, reading, traveling, hiking, and shopping. This will be her 4th year to teach at The Guthrie School. She believes it is an honor to work at The Guthrie School. She is encouraged by its knowledgeable and energetic staff and its amazing families! Each day brings a new challenge and opportunity for growth. The best reward is being able to watch her students grow and develop throughout the school year.

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Chinese

Yuki Liu has been with the Guthrie School for 2 years. She teaches the Chinese program for students from Pre-K to 5th grade and Extend chinese. She has 2 daughters. Cassandra is 4 years old and currently attending The Guthrie School. Cecilia is 3 years old and dreams of being at The Guthrie School just like her big sister! Having taught special programs for over 10 years, Yuki feels so proud to work in the education field. She enjoys teaching kids and witnessing their every progress. Yuki tries every possibility to fill the class with activities. So students can immerse themselves in the class atmosphere and learn while they are also having fun! Yuki’s goal is to help students develop foreign language knowledge and skills. After a semester, her students have an abundant vocabulary to be able to make conversations, read and write Chinese characters, as well as cultivate their interest towards more advanced levels of study.

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Spanish

Gabriela Wilcox is originally from Peru, South America.  She and her family moved to the US thirty seven years ago. Mrs Wilcox is a Montessori Certified teacher.  She has more than forty years of experience as a teacher.  She was one of the founders and owners of Pebblecreek Montessori School. She has presented Montessori workshops throughout the country. She is the author of Touch Spanish, a hands on curriculum to teach Spanish which is currently used in the Guthrie School. She has established Spanish labs in several schools such as the St. Alcuin Montessori School in Dallas.

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