Colette Silvestri (B.M. Performance, 1983) is the Gifted Support Teacher at Hershey High School in Pennsylvania. She is the coach of the High School Memory Team, where she established a new program whose various teams and individual students succeeded in winning five national titles, setting three adult national records and one international record. Her students have also represented Pennsylvania at the National Brain Bee, Poetry Out Loud and business design competitions.
A native of Pittsburgh, Colette began her studies in voice and piano at Duquesne University at the age of seven, continued her studies in operatic performance at Carnegie-Mellon. She received her Master of Arts at Penn State Harrisburg American Studies for her work as National Coordinator for final reunion of Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps and Junior Leagues of Pennsylvania as their State Chair for Public Policy.
When the Harrisburg Arts Magnet School was dissolved in the mid-1990s, Colette created an integrated, arts/technology workshop called The WIREWorks. With WIREWorks keeping her own artistic skills sharp, Colette's musical, ZELDA, was selected for the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2012.
Colette has received The John Kuehl Fellowship from The International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, The Penn State Humanities Award, Profiles in Excellence Award, and the Lin Wright Professional Teaching Grant for Excellence in Education of the Arts.
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