INSPIRING TALENT ♦ ENRICHING LIVES
In 2008, a group of committed parents, teachers and community members began to discuss ideas about a visual and performing arts facility that would best serve the needs of the San Juan Unified School District and the surrounding community. In 2010, ecARTS was formed—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Performing Arts Center at El Camino High School is a premier performance and gallery venue for El Camino High School students, students attending other schools within the San Juan Unified School District, and community arts organizations. Students from around the district with a desire to pursue the visual and performing arts as a career can choose El Camino for its wide range of academic coursework infused with practical experience in the business and technological aspects of the industry. Students will bring their creativity to life through comprehensive coursework, performances and gallery shows.
Kevin Glaser, our President and visionary, has been teaching music courses at El Camino High School since 1994. He has held the positions of visual and performing arts department chair, instrumental music “Lead Teacher” in the San Juan Unified School District, Director of the Camp Winthers Summer Music Camp, and President of ecARTS. As the director of a strong and vibrant music program at El Camino High School, Kevin is proud of the reputation the program has in Northern California. A focus on the fundamentals, theory, and appreciation of music, while instilling in his students a sense of pride, commitment, responsibility and giving back to the community is what he believes is the responsibility of a public school music educator.
Patti Newman, Vice President, has donated time to the El Camino performing arts program ever since her two children, Classes of 2007 and 2010, were in high school. She believes in the power of the arts—the positive effects it has on brain development, the leadership opportunities it provides, and its role in establishing a teen’s sense of self. She also writes for children. Look for her at local elementary schools where she shares her books and her enthusiasm for reading and writing.
Julie Archer, Secretary, has been a San Juan employee since 2000 and is currently a resource aide at Cottage Elementary. Her two sons are El Camino graduates. She served on the EC PTSA board for five years and as PTSA president from 2008-2010. She has been a member of ecARTS since its inception in 2008. “Seeing the dream become a reality means my time & energy have made a difference,” she says.
Stephanie Fredrickson, Treasurer, is a full-time mother of two boys who are both in band. Stephanie is also a credentialed elementary school teacher and worked for ten years for Kaiser Permanente in Information Technology where she was a project manager and trainer. While raising her boys, she has enjoyed many volunteer opportunities including being an Art Docent at Cowan Fundamental.