School of Fine Arts Faculty

Tim Unger

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School of Fine Arts Coordinator
MM University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
BME Baldwin-Wallace College

Tim Unger is the choral director at Lake Ridge Academy, where he oversees the Middle and Upper School vocal programs. This encompasses curricular and extra-curricular ensembles as well as the musical productions put on by the Fine Arts Department. He is also the director of the Oberlin Choristers Youth Chorale and the United Methodist Church of Berea Chancel Choir. Mr. Unger serves on the board of the Ohio Choral Directors Association and is the Coordinator of the Lake Ridge Academy School of Fine Arts and Chair of the Fine Arts Department.

Edward Leonard

MM Kent State University School of Music
BM Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.

Edward Leonard is the director the jazz studies program at Lake Ridge Academy and is an active performer, composer, and arranger. As part of the program, his students have worked with leading area musicians and competed at Walt Disney World. He received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Kent State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. He has music directed for community theater groups across Northeast Ohio. As a jazz pianist he has performed at Nighttown, the Brother's Lounge, The Star Restaurant, The New Orleans Showboat Club, Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland for its weekly concert series, the Kent State Jazz Combo, the Baldwin Wallace Jazz Ensemble, and the Baldwin Wallace Alumni Jazz Ensemble.

Thomas R. Flowers

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MM Kent State University
BA West Virginia University

Thomas Flowers, director of the strings program, is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and principal bass with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. Previously he performed with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, the American Institute of Musical.

Kristy Rodriguez

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MA Ursuline College
BA Wittenberg University

Kristy Rodriguez has directed and choreographed over 20 productions throughout her career. Ms. Rodriguez was selected to present at the 2010 National Theater Educators’ Conference and was selected for the 2007 Music Theater International’s Broadway Teacher’s Institute. Most recently, her production of Janey Miller’s World Tour was selected to be performed at the Ohio State Thespians Conference.

Carolyn Ballou

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MA Case Western Reserve University
BFA Cleveland Institute of Art

Carolyn Ballou is the school’s Technology Coordinator and runs the dual platform Dell and iMac labs equipped for graphic arts, animation, video, and photography. Each year her digital photography students receive recognitions with Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention awards from the Scholastics art and writing competition. Mrs. Ballou taught at the Cleveland School of the Arts and at the Beck Center for the Arts before beginning her career at Lake Ridge Academy.

Ann Bort

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Cleveland Institute of Art
BA Baldwin-Wallace College

Ann Bort has studied a range of media in the visual art field.  Her specialization lies in Found Art Sculpture and she is also accomplished in Drawing, Ceramics, and Painting. Her experience with many materials and media has allowed Mrs. Bort to teach a variety of art courses, including Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing and AP Studio Art.  Other teaching credits include the summer gifted arts programs at Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College.

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Visual Arts
MFA Kent State University
BFA Cleveland Institute of Art

Timothy Callaghan has taught art at Cuyahoga Community College, The University of Akron and has been a visiting artist and lecturer at The Cleveland Institute of Art, Oberlin College and Savannah College of Art and Design.  He is an accomplished painter whose workhas been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.
and Cleveland.  He published his first book, One Painting a Day, in 2013.