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Jody Reppert

Jody Reppert has been the theater department advisor for Wilson High School for almost 20 years. He has worked with thousands of students and has acted, directed, or produced more than 300 productions in Pennsylvania and Arizona over the last 27 years including the Arizona division 5A state championship play TALL TALES from THE KENTUCKY […]


Mary Grace Harris


Holly James

Holly (Allwein) James (former Dance Director 2000 – 2011)  has been teaching since the age of sixteen and here at the Yocum Institute since 1999 where she began her dance training with Cheri Noble, of Pennsylvania Ballet.  Holly  was an original member of Berks Ballet Theatre where she was a soloist, guest artist, ballet mistress […]


Danielle Wynen

Danielle Wynen recently returned to the city of Reading after a 15 year period in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California. While in CA, she started a family, pursued an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Cerro Coso Community College, and went on to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Education at The […]


Tammy Updegrove

Tammy Updegrove is an accomplished artist in multiple mediums including, but not limited, to charcoals, collage, and acrylics. She has painted hundreds of murals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. She is a published illustrator for Reading Reading Books, Endangered Animals Series, and is currently working on a new illustration project with a new publisher. She […]


Rebecca Kline

Rebecca Kline graduated Kutztown University in May 2017, with the major Bachelors of Science in Art Education and a concentration in Painting. She has a range of experience working with pre-K-12 youth and adults in both the educational and art field. Currently, Kline instructs youth with varied needs and is the Musical Art Director for […]


Shawna Hansberry

Shawna Hansberry graduated with a teaching degree from Kutztown University in 1992, and teaches Elementary Art at Northern Lebanon School District. She is currently working on her Masters of Art in Education with The Art of Education University. She has been at Yocum since 2012, teaching drawing and visual arts mixed media with school-age students. […]


Phylis Moser, Exhibits Coordinator

Phylis Moser, Exhibits Coordinator and Teacher, is a visual artist (specializing in acrylics and mixed media), calligrapher, and designer. She holds a BS in Art Education from Kutztown University. Her work can be found in private and institutional collections across the country, including the Postal Museum of the Smithsonian.


James Neher

James Neher teaches piano, theory, and composition, and is the director of our Piano Ensemble program. He is a former student at Manhattan School of Music, and has a BA in Music from SUNY at Stony Brook and a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. He has directed small vocal and instrumental groups […]


Danny Phillips

Danny Phillips teaches guitar, bass, mandolin, ukelele and other stringed instruments at the Yocum Institute and has been studying and playing guitar for over 40 years. He has performed in numerous local and regional bands including “Hunter,” “Rogue,” and “Karnevil of Souls.” Danny, who holds degrees in Music Theory and Modal Study, is versed in […]