Matt Vanacoro, K-12 Coordinator for Performing Arts
Matt is a graduate of Manhattanville College and New York University. He has taught in the Bedford Central Schools his entire career, and currently directs the Fox Lane Middle School Musical Theater program. Beyond his teaching in the Bedford schools, Mr. Vanacoro has taught at Manhattanville College and has presented several clinics on middle school general music at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY. Mr. Vanacoro has collaborated as a keyboardist in studio and on stage with artists such as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel Band), Aaron Carter, Daryl Stuermer (Genesis), Jay Azzolina, Marcus Ratzenboeck (Tantric), KeKe Palmer, Monet Monico, C-Note, Jordan Knight, and many others. He has appeared on many recordings with a variety of artists, as well as had his own music featured in films from Lionsgate Studios.
Heather Kranz, K-12 Coordinator for Visual Arts
Heather Kranz started her career as an art educator in the Bedford Central schools and has worked to develop the quality, depth and breadth of the visual art experience for students at Fox Lane High School during that time. Since 1992, she has fostered the growth of the Ceramics, Studio Art, and the Advanced Placement Art programs at the high school, has written curriculum and grants, has partnered with local museums, participated in professional development opportunities in both art making and art education, and helped to establish a district-wide art gallery. Outside of class, she has led the Art Club, Fire and Ice art and literary magazine and is a trained mentor for new teaching staff. Ms. Kranz holds a Masters of Art Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College.