Instructors and Administrators

Administrators

Sheri M. Bestor, Founder and President
Scott Bestor, Vice President
Paula DeStefanis , Program Director

Faculty

Teachers Bio

Sheri Bestor is the Founder and President of North Shore Academy of the Arts, inc. She directs and produces musicals for Stagekids, teaches classes, and is the co-founder of the Arts Mill.  Sheri is an author, having published four books to date and has sold work to national and local magazines. Her most recent book, “Substance Abuse, the Ultimate Teen Guide” was one of the inspirations for the “CreaTeen For Life” program launched at NSAA in the fall of 2012.  Sheri is also a certified yoga instructor, owning and operating Balancing Arts Yoga and Well Being Studio which works in cooperation with NSAA and is located in The Arts Mill. There she teaches somatics-hatha style group and private yoga, meditation, breathing and other well being workshops and private sessions. Sheri is a Reiki Master and Level 1 Thai Yoga Practitioner.  Sheri’s educational background includes a BS degree in Education and a Minor in English from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has also earned a MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is an experienced educator, having taught in a variety of positions including as an elementary educator in the Cedarburg School District. As an artist herself, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, painting, playing the piano, and creating jewelry for her line called Moon Tide Designs.

Dan Broderick holds a BS from UW-Milwaukee and has 15 years of full-time teaching experience. He teaches 30+ students each year, totaling over 20,000 lessons since 1996. Dan instructs students on drum set, snare drum, parade drums and mallets. He teaches students as young as age 5 or 6 with a parent present, otherwise ages 7 and up. He describes himself as being a relaxed teacher who emphasizes reading to develop skills in listening, coordination and performance. In addition to teaching, Dan has more than 32 years of playing experience, including performances, tours and recordings.

Paula DeStefanis is the Program Director of North Shore Academy of the Arts, inc. where she also teaches both adult and youth visual art classes, and is the co-founder of the Arts Mill.  Paula graduated in Illustration and Graphic Design at MIAD with graduate course work with the Museum School in Boston. She has taught as the Milwaukee Art Museum, West Bend Art Museum, MIAD and the Wustum Art Museum. She has held many artistic positions such as gallery director, window designer, muralist and graphic designer. Paula exhibits regularly at galleries nationally and participates in juried art fairs. In 2012 she was the recipient of a Mary Nohl Suitcase Award.  With those funds she was able to travel to New York and exhibit her art at the international art show, Parallax in SOHO.  In 2012 she exhibited in London, fulfilling a lifetime dream to bring her art abroad.  She has her own studio called Paula’s Palette where she works on her mixed media paintings and wearable art. In 2010 she was elected to a 4-year appointment to the Village of Grafton Arts Board. She has served on the MIAD Alumni Council since 2011.  Paula envisions herself as an art advocate for artists of all degrees. You can view her art at: www.paulaspalette.me, www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaPalette.

Susan Kamholz has trained at variety of schools including the Chicago Art Institute, The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies of St. Peters College, Oxford University. She has found NSAA to be a perfect haven to not only perfect certain elements of her own craft but an opportunity to share her experiences through teaching.

Meredith Kane Shimp –  Is the artist behind “Junk Rethunk”, up-cycled art works.  Meredith creates stunning pieces of art using found objects such as recycled bottles, bottle caps, wine corks, light bulbs and random salvaged materials.  She loves painting and doing glass and metal clay work. She has been a member of the Arts Mill since its inception in 2011, and began teaching children’s art classes at North Shore Academy of the Arts in the summer of 2013. She is so grateful to have unwavering love and support from my husband, son and two daughters. Their tolerance of art supplies constantly scattered throughout the house is appreciated; their critiques, and invaluable support.

Merlynn Kimmel earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin.  She received a BA in Education-Dance and is certified to teach dance to kindergarten through 12th grade. She has taught, choreographed and performed pieces at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Concordia College-Mequon, and a variety of dance studios.  She taught and competed professionally in Ballroom and Latin Dance throughout the Midwest. Merlynn is also a certified Zumba instructor and ZIN member.  She has taught Zumba at North Shore Academy of the Arts since 2010.  She feels Zumba has enabled her to reach many people who would not otherwise  participate in dance.

Debbie Knuth  has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and is a state certified teacher for the elementary grades. She taught 4th and 5th grade in the Cedarburg School District for several years. She has been directing the NSAA Stagekid’s musicals for the past 9 years and has been the Associate Producer for NSAA’s musicals.

Adley Paape received a BS in Kinesiology and is an ACSM certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and certified Nutritionist from the College of Health & Science.  She has been training, teaching, and coordinating wellness programs since 2013. Adley is the founder of Connection is the Energy Studio – movement, creativity, and hands on healing – located on the second floor of NSAA. Wellness services include fitness classes, health coaching, and wellbeing events. Connect with Adley to help you learn how to move your body, fuel your body, and love your body. For more information, find Connection is the Energy Studio on Facebook  or email connectionisenergy@gmail.com.

Angie Mack Reilly is a musical director, performing artist, blues educator and writer who has a wealth of experience and connections in the arts and entertainment industry.  She is the founder of Ozaukee Talent and the co-founder of ParamountsHome, both headquartered in Grafton, WI.  Angie has been directing musicals, primarily for youth, for the past 18 years.  In addition, she gives private music lessons to all ages with an emphasis on piano, guitar, voice, acting, percussion and songwriting.   Her hobbies include composing music, writing poetry and gardening.  For more information, find Ozaukee Talent on facebook  or email angie@ozaukeetalent.com

Tom Robinson has more than 30 years of experience performing, writing, and studying various styles of music, including Fingerstyle guitar, Jazz, Classical, Blues, and Rock/Popular music. Tom has more than 20 years of experience teaching music to students of all ages and skill levels. Tom holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Guitar Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. As a instrumentalist and composer, Tom specializes in the following aspects of guitar and bass guitar instruction: performance, composition, improvisation, and applied music theory.

Molly Scherr – piano teacher – Molly began studying piano at Northwestern University, but decided to finish with a degree in Speech Pathology.  From her training as a speech therapist and her 15 years of working in the public schools, she gained in-depth experience working with children with special needs and different learning styles. Throughout her life, she has been teaching piano to children and adults as a part-time endeavour.  Her hobbies include travelling with her family, writing poetry, reading, gardening, and weightlifting.

Kari Slater is a Cedarburg artist who specializes in various mediums, her favorite being calligraphy. She works with many local schools and organizations where she enjoys sharing her passion for the visual arts with children and adults. Her enthusiastic teaching style shows that she is a big believer in introducing young students to art materials they may never have an opportunity to experiment with. She has been with NSAA for 12 years.

Rob Wessel – studied guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for 9 years, in classes and lessons taught by the likes of David Hazeltine, Michael Sullivan, John Foshager, and Don Linke. At the National Guitar Workshop, Rob has studied guitar with Mike Keneally, Terry Syrek, Matt Smith, Harry Jacobson and other gifted teachers. Rob has been playing in local bands since the 80′s, as well as writing and recording music in his studio. Rob is an experienced guitar and bass instructor who has taught students in styles ranging from rock and metal to blues and folk as well as a recording and mix engineer for a number of local releases.