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Arts - Educator & Advocate

Lewis is a highly experienced performing arts - educator and social-behavioral researcher. Her published research titles demonstrate her strong dedication to arts and education integration. Addressing Bisexuality, Gender Non-Conformance, and Performativity through The Color Purple by Alice Walker (adapted for the stage by Marsha Norman) published in 2019 by the Excellence in Performing Arts Research Journal and Unbound: The Performing Arts and the Social-Emotional Development of Black Youth published in 2022 by ProQuest. Unbound, was presented at The University of California Merced’s Research symposium: Being and Becoming: Blackness in Multiple Contexts, February of 2023. In 2023, Lewis was named a Community Engagement Grantee and has been named an Honoree for the 23rd Annual Arts Orange County Awards. Lewis is a dedicated and social innovator, who believes that everyone can achieve the things they set their minds to.

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Statement on
Social - Emotional Learning


My philosophy of teaching is that the best curriculum is always fully supported by the competencies of Social and Emotional Learning. As an SEL certified educator I believe the essentials to well - rounded learning are centered by practices of self - regulation, social awareness, relationship skills, and good decision making. These align themselves with each and every discipline within the performing arts and so, I approach each of my classrooms with the intention of healthy student-teacher relationships and SEL based curriculum...I believe my job as an educator is to serve as a conduit for exploration and discovery with safety and boundless freedom.

Arts - Education Gallery

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Family of Leah Martinez, Voice Student

We knew we made the right decision as parents to pursue finding Ms. Channy on the world wide web, when she showcased her breathtaking talents at a student event. 

I remember telling myself that Leah has been looking for Ms. Channy for a while now and that this would be a perfect fit. As luck has it, it was a perfect fit on all levels. 

Ms. Channy has been a blessing to our daughter's life in so many ways. She has given her the wings to fly and continue to reach her full potential. During vocal classes, I typically step away but,  on occasion i listen in to what they are working on. Quite often I hear  Ms. Channy giving positive feedback and really helping Leah understand music and all the feelings within it. I feel that Ms. Channy is such a professional in what she does and does it all with love. The results are shown in how much Leah has grown vocally and the spike in her confidence, this is all attributed to her being an amazing teacher, guide, and friend.

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Cindy El Jamrah, Voice Student 

Working with Chantrell has helped me grow as a singer and performer! Being a drama student I have found these lessons helpful in utilizing my voice in performing and singing. I’ve been able to gain a greater understanding of my voice and how unique each of our voices are. I am relatively new to voice work and have been able to advance quickly thanks to these lessons; through understanding the importance of presence, structure, and moving beyond following notes and patterns to develop character and presence behind each note. 

I’ve appreciated working with Chantrell because of her patience, adaptability, and her ability to help me grow in each lesson!

Demonstrated Excellence in Arts Education 

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Chantrell M. Lewis named Arts Orange County Emerging Artist/Arts Leader Honoree 

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