Mr. Cimino-Johnson has received his Masters of Arts Certificate in Arts Administration from UConn, a Master of Arts from New York University in Drama Therapy, and a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Arts with a minor in Psychology from McDaniel College. Over the past ten years, Mr. Cimino-Johnson (CJ) has utilized theatre as a vehicle for self-expression, while creating a safe space for a diverse group of students within the academic venue. Mr. CJ founded Rock Ridge Performing Arts at Rock Ridge High School in 2014 with the help of Mr. Markwood, Miss Hess, and Mr. Johnson. Over 20% of the school is engaged in the theatre program at the school, either in classes or the after school program. Students graduating from Rock Ridge High School have the potential to graduate with 21 College Credits in Theatre, the first in the Nation to offer this opportunity. The '15, '16, and '17 students graduated from the program with over $4.1 Million Dollars of Scholarship Moniesoffered, and were accepted into some of the top schools in the country for theatre including, but not limited to, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Northwestern, Boston Conservatory, Elon University, Univserity of the Arts in Philadelphia, Long Island University, Pace University, California Institute of the Arts, VCU, VTech, UVA and JMU. Recent Accolades include the 2018 Volunteer of the Year of through EdTA, 2017 Outstanding School Theatre Award, recognized as one of the top four programs in the country through the educational theatre association for the 2016 - 2017 school year. In 2016 South Eastern Theatre Conference Champions "Ernest and the Pale Moon", 2016, 2017, and 2018 Virginia Thespian Chapter Select, as well as Best Direction for "Aida", "Ghost: The Musical" and 27 awards through the National Youth Arts Awards. Additionally, in 2016, Mr. Cimino-Johnson was recognized as an International Inspirational Theatre Educator of the Year, and Virginia's Theatre Teacher of the Year from the Educational Theatre Association. Mr. Cimino-Johnson loves teaching, and watching students grow and flourish in the fine and performing arts.
Annabelle Luebke Music and Vocal Director
This is Ms. Luebke's fifth year at Stone Hill Middle School, and her fourth year as the Subject Area Lead Teacher for Music. She is a Maryland native who has been singing since she first joined chorus in middle school! This summer, she served as the Assistant Conductor for the Susquehanna University High School Choral Institute in Selinsgrove, PA. In 2016, she was awarded the Colleen Kirk Award by ACDA for outstanding achievement and commitment to choral music education. She has worked to develop curriculum, assessments, and standards for both LCPS and the Virginia Department of Education. She is an active member of NAfME and ACDA, and currently sings with Voce Chamber Singers in Reston, VA. In her free time, she loves being active, reading, and hanging out with her kitten, Holly.
Andy Schlaff Assistant Artistic Director
This is Mr. Schlaf's 6th year in Loudoun County and 3rd year at Stone Hill. Mr. Schlaf earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Christopher Newport University (Go Captains!). He is also currently pursuing another graduate degree from George Mason University (Go Patriots!). Mr. Schlaf has lived in Loudoun County for most of his life, graduating from Broad Run High School (Go Spartans!). After school at Stone Hill, Mr. Schlaf works with the Broad Run High School Band program.
Mr. Schlaf is excited to be working at Stone Hill this year and is looking forward to working with the wonderful students here.