Sheyna Ferrero, Art Conservatory Director
Sheyna Ferraro is an active member of the arts community as a teacher, organization leader, and a former professional dancer. High quality, accessible arts training is Ms. Ferraro’s passion. A graduate from Leadership Fort Worth’s Leading Edge program, she serves as a board member for FurtherDance Fort Worth and Expanco. Ms. Ferraro joined the Texas Center for Arts + Academics family in 2003 as a member of the FWAFA dance faculty. During her 16 years with the department she directed the Academy Dance Company, helped initiate proper leveling, and introduced multiple new courses such as Dance Composition and Dance Theory. In 2015, Ms. Ferraro was named the Director of the Texas Dance Conservatory and has taken on the role of Director for TCAA’s additional conservatories, the Texas Art Conservatory & Texas Music Conservatory. In 2019 Ms. Ferraro fully transitioned out of the classroom to take on the role of Community Programs Director for TCAA where she continues to direct the three conservatory programs, help with recruitment and community partnerships, oversee school day performances, and sponsor the FWAFA Alumni Association.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet along with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Dance from Texas Christian University. Even before graduating from TCU, Ms. Ferraro started teaching at local dance studios and choreographing for middle and high school dance programs. She enjoyed performing with both Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth before retiring from performing to focus on teaching and choreographing. A life-long learner, Ms. Ferraro was the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship Scholarship in 2012 and in the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia to study traditional Balinese style dance. Ms. Ferraro encourages young artists to be life-long learners who allow their arts training to help shape them into creative, outside of the box thinkers, who can go onto accomplish anything their heart desires.
Isabel Rocha, Art Teacher
Isabel Rocha’s passion is painting, throwing on the wheel, and teaching students that art is more than just coloring inside the lines. It is the culmination of all that revolves around life. For students to be truly educated, they must be given the opportunity to connect their own ideas and imagination with the knowledge they are being presented. It is Ms. Rocha’s aspiration to inspire and share her love of art with every student and to teach them to analyze, critique, and inquire about the world around them.
Ms. Rocha earned her Bachelors in Visual Arts Education from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. She has taught art for twelve years in elementary, middle school, and high school. She looks forward to working with her elementary and middle school art students at Texas Art Conservatory.