The arts are essential. They teach students innumerable lessons—practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, collaboration leads to creativity. The arts also teach children that there are several paths to take when approaching problems and that all problems can have more than one solution.
Research has also shown impressive benefits of arts education on entire school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance. Numerous reports discuss the ways that increased access to and involvement in arts education encourage students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in life, and succeed in work.
Ms. Brianna Enoksen
AFSA High School Music Specialist
Hello! My name is Brianna Enoksen, and this is my fifth year as the music teacher at AFSA! I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and graduated from Bethel University in 2016 with a degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education. In my free time, I enjoy doing crafts, watching movies, and playing in a community orchestra. I am excited for my fifth year at AFSA and I am looking forward to sharing my love of music with students!
Mr. Andrew Smith
AFSA High School Theatre Specialist
Hello! I Grew up in Wasilla, Alaska, Where I Discovered a Passion for Drama by Volunteering at a Local Community Theater. There, I Had the Opportunity to Work with Many Talented Theatre Educators Who Had a Powerful Impact on My Well-being. I Knew Very Quickly That I Wanted to Be an Educator, and Worked Closely with Nonprofit Arts Programs in Alaska After Graduating High School. I Later Received My Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts Education with a Minor in English from Brigham Young University. While There, I Specialized in Theatre for Young Audiences, Creating Curriculum for Drama Programs That Performed Plays and Taught Workshops at Elementary Schools Around the State. I Taught K-12 Drama for Two Years in Utah Before Moving to Minnesota in 2021. I Came Here, Following My Wife Who Is Attending Graduate School at the University of Minnesota, but Have Been Shocked at How Much Minnesota Reminds Me of My Roots in Alaska. I'm Excited to Design, Create, and Perform with the Afsa Community!
AFSA High School Art, Physical Education and Health Teacher
I am the art, phy ed and health teacher at AFSA. In addition to those departments, I am the assistant coach of the volleyball team and the head coach of the softball team. Go Eagles!!! Outside of school I love to read, hang out with my pups and kids, work on artwork, graphic design and house projects, and go kayaking as much as I can!