Director of Education
Sterling deVries, the Director of Education at the Charleston Gaillard Center is dedicated to supporting the educational community through the arts. Following fifteen years as a classroom teacher, deVries builds on the knowledge that arts are an integral part of classroom content. Her Master’s degree in Arts in Education changed her approach to teaching and resulted in a student-centered, arts-enhanced method of content mastery.
Stephanie was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated from Flagler College with a bachelor of Fine Arts and College of Charleston with a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Stephanie was a classroom teacher for five years before joining the Gaillard Center three years ago. Stephanie currently lives in West Ashley with her husband and their pup, Hadley. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, painting, biking, watching movies, and trying new restaurants.
Meet our Artists-in-residence
A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and trumpet throughout elementary, middle, and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. In 2008 he co-founded and became the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; an 18 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. Mr. Singleton is also the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, SC. In November of 2016, he was named the inaugural Artist in Residence at the recently renovated Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston. He remained in this position until July 2019; at that point he was named Artist in Residence Emeritus. In this position, he continues to lead the Summer Youth Jazz Orchestra Camp as well as lead the “Jazz Through the Ages” assembly, which attracts a capacity crowd of students at the Gaillard Center.
As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. He is a founding member of a new ensemble called Ranky Tanky. The group is a quintet that interprets the sounds of Gullah from the Southeast Coast of the United States. In 2018 Ranky Tanky reached the top of the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Contemporary Jazz charts with their self-titled debut recording. In 2019 they accomplished the same feat with the release of their sophomore effort, “Good Time”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Album.
Poet Laureate of Charleston
Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate, the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Artist-in-Residence, and an Academy of American Poets fellow. In addition to poetry, Marcus is an award-winning graphic designer and musician. He’s published nine poetry books and has been recognized by NPR, the Kennedy Center, The Washington National Opera, PBS Newshour, and more. Learn more about Marcus here.
Gaillard Star Teacher of the Year
Each season, the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Community and Education Program recognizes one outstanding teacher who embodies a commitment to arts education. This educator values the importance of the arts in the classroom and ensures their students are not only exposed to the live performing arts, but participate in arts practices that support the curriculum.
Mount Zion Elementary
Lauren Norberg Coleman
Angel Oak Elementary
Northwoods Middle School