Tom Lake is the Drama Integration teacher at Renaissance Academy. He enjoys giving kids the tools to tell their own stories through acting, writing, puppet-making and constructing time machines out of cardboard.
He has an extensive background in arts integration, having graduating from SUNY Brockport’s Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Program as well as Goddard College’s Masters in Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Program. He has built a career out of creating unique drama and arts programs that integrate arts skills, curriculum, and children’s ideas into dramatic performances that celebrate the creative process. He has led trainings and professional development workshops on arts integration and creative drama in the Rochester area.
As Renaissance Academy’s Drama Teacher, Tom has created an integrated drama program that weaves New York State Learning Standards and curriculum into his own drama class. The students have drama class in their own classroom, and work on drama skills alongside their classroom teachers. Drama class often builds upon classroom material by exploring the feelings of the characters they read about, exploring habitats and environments through pantomime, and writing and performing student’s stories.
In his free time he chases his two kids around local parks and coffee shops. In his near-non-existent other “free time” he is reading, making, or talking to someone about comic books.
He can be reached at:
255-4200 ext. 233
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