Meet the Faculty

Reed Farley, Program Director

Reed Farley is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and UCLA’s Graduate School of Education. Celebrating his 11th year at Archer, Reed is Archer’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Summer Program Director, and the founding teacher of Archer’s Institute of Film and Video Literacy. As a theatre artist, Reed has directed, choreographed and performed with Off-Broadway, Regional and Summer Stock theatre companies nationally. 

Kasey Nott, Program Coordinator

Division Coordinator <br>since 2019Kasey Nott joined The Archer School for Girls in 2019 as the Division Coordinator. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology. Kasey has over 20 years experience as a lead teacher in the independent school sector and as a summer camp coordinator.



    • Marya Alford is an artist and educator celebrating her fifth year as the photography teacher at Archer. She co-founded Innovative Arts Explorations, a summer camp operating in the Los Angeles area, which brought a dynamic summer arts program to the community for the last ten years. Marya holds a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design and an MFA from USC. She works in a multitude of mediums including photography, drawing, sculpture, and installation.<br><br><br>

      Marya Alford

      Marya Alford is an artist and educator celebrating her fifth year as the photography teacher at Archer. She co-founded Innovative Arts Explorations, a summer camp operating in the Los Angeles area, which brought a dynamic summer arts program to the community for the last ten years. Marya holds a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design and an MFA from USC. She works in a multitude of mediums including photography, drawing, sculpture, and installation.


    • Chad Attie is an artist and educator who has been teaching for 10 years at Archer. His teaching focuses on the individual and helping students develop a personal connection to their work and surroundings. Attie’s own work has been exhibited throughout the United States. He studied art at UCLA, Boston University, Yale, Northwestern, and Villa Rosa in Florence, Italy. <br><br><br><br><br>

      Chad Attie

      Chad Attie is an artist and educator who has been teaching for 10 years at Archer. His teaching focuses on the individual and helping students develop a personal connection to their work and surroundings. Attie’s own work has been exhibited throughout the United States. He studied art at UCLA, Boston University, Yale, Northwestern, and Villa Rosa in Florence, Italy.




    • Cory Bluemling is a graduate of the University of Delaware (MFA, Fine Arts) and California State University, Northridge (MA Ceramics/Public Art, BA Television/Film). He was a resident artist at The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado in 2015 (Ceramics). He spent 3 years teaching in the Aspen, Colorado school district before moving back to Southern California and currently teaches at Archer.<br><br><br><br>

      Cory Bluemling

      Cory Bluemling is a graduate of the University of Delaware (MFA, Fine Arts) and California State University, Northridge (MA Ceramics/Public Art, BA Television/Film). He was a resident artist at The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado in 2015 (Ceramics). He spent 3 years teaching in the Aspen, Colorado school district before moving back to Southern California and currently teaches at Archer.



    • Wendy Deming has taught English at Archer for 8 years. She has her Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz. Prior to teaching at Archer, she taught in public school and ran a creative writing independent study program for high school students. In addition to teaching, Wendy trains new faculty at Archer, hosts education professional development workshops, and is an educational consultant for the Lily Project, a Nicaragua-based NGO that promotes women

      Wendy Deming

      Wendy Deming has taught English at Archer for 8 years. She has her Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz. Prior to teaching at Archer, she taught in public school and ran a creative writing independent study program for high school students. In addition to teaching, Wendy trains new faculty at Archer, hosts education professional development workshops, and is an educational consultant for the Lily Project, a Nicaragua-based NGO that promotes women's mental and physical well-being.

    • Gustine Fudickar is an actor, writer, teacher, and director. She has a BA in Theatre and Writing from Eugene Lang College in New York City and an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Gustine is a thriving arts educator, currently teaching theatre at Wildwood School.<br><br><br><br><br>

      Gustine Fudickar

      Gustine Fudickar is an actor, writer, teacher, and director. She has a BA in Theatre and Writing from Eugene Lang College in New York City and an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Gustine is a thriving arts educator, currently teaching theatre at Wildwood School.




    • Steven Jacobson is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Film Production. Steven has worked in the Los Angeles film industry in a host of capacities, including directing, script research and development, rights clearances, sound and music editing, and marketing. Steven has directed for DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Entertainment, and worked on promotional campaigns for Paramount Pictures and Fox Searchlight.<br><br>

      Steven Jacobson

      Steven Jacobson is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Film Production. Steven has worked in the Los Angeles film industry in a host of capacities, including directing, script research and development, rights clearances, sound and music editing, and marketing. Steven has directed for DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Entertainment, and worked on promotional campaigns for Paramount Pictures and Fox Searchlight.

    • Ron McBain is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he graduated with a BFA in piano performance. A member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), Ron developed a piano studio of nearly 40 students and created Innovative Arts Explorations, an arts-education based business. Ron has over 15 years as a music educator and is enjoying his fourth year as Music Specialist at the Sequoyah School.<br><br><br>

      Ron McBain

      Ron McBain is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he graduated with a BFA in piano performance. A member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), Ron developed a piano studio of nearly 40 students and created Innovative Arts Explorations, an arts-education based business. Ron has over 15 years as a music educator and is enjoying his fourth year as Music Specialist at the Sequoyah School.


    • Hannah O’Connor is a choral director and arranger from Long Island, New York. Hannah lived in Florida for several years, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and served as the Choral Director of Poinciana High School in Osceola County. She currently directs the choirs and a cappella groups at Archer.<br><br><br><br>

      Hannah O'Connor

      Hannah O’Connor is a choral director and arranger from Long Island, New York. Hannah lived in Florida for several years, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and served as the Choral Director of Poinciana High School in Osceola County. She currently directs the choirs and a cappella groups at Archer.



    • Kristin Taylor has taught at Archer 14 years and founded its award-winning journalism program. Kristin earned her BA in English from the University of Connecticut, her MA in Education from Sacred Heart University, and an MA in Journalism from Kent State University. She is a Nationally Board Certified English teacher and a JEA Certified Journalism Educator. A strong proponent of student voices, she will take on the national role of Director of JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Committee in May 2020.

      Kristin Taylor

      Kristin Taylor has taught at Archer 14 years and founded its award-winning journalism program. Kristin earned her BA in English from the University of Connecticut, her MA in Education from Sacred Heart University, and an MA in Journalism from Kent State University. She is a Nationally Board Certified English teacher and a JEA Certified Journalism Educator. A strong proponent of student voices, she will take on the national role of Director of JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Committee in May 2020.

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