Director of the Butler Community Arts School
Lauren Shelton is the Director of the Butler Community Arts School. Mrs. Shelton has a strong background in arts education and arts management. She has been a classroom teacher, music director for the San Diego Children’s Choir and Girl Scouts San Diego, and began the Community Opus Project with the San Diego Youth Symphony in 2010. Mrs. Shelton is implementing the return of the visual and performing arts to the Chula Vista Elementary School District using the districts investment of $18 million dollars to employ 94 arts teachers. She also serves as faculty for the Longy School of Music of Bard College Masters of Arts in Teaching program at the Los Angeles Campus. Mrs. Shelton serves as a member of the Board of Directors for El Sistema USA, the Arts Empower Steering Committee, and the Chula Vista TedX Committee. Lauren Shelton holds a California Teaching Credential, California Administrative Credential, and completed her Masters in Educational Leadership with a focus on Arts Integration and Common Core Standards Implementation with honors. In June 2015 she was a recipient of the Yale School of Music Distinguished Educator of the Year Award and most recently received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the California Music Educators Association at the state and local level.
“I am excited to participate in the SJA Summer Symposium! I am looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing how the arts can support students and teachers in our post-COVID schools.”