Arts Department Team
Foundation Academy is blessed with an incredibly talented and accomplished team of instructors and leaders in the Arts Department.
Patti Cogburn – Fine Arts Department Chair
Patti has been active in Theatre professionally and non-professionally since high school. She has been teaching since 1989 and has been a high school drama director in Louisiana and Florida for 12 of those years. As an actor, she has performed professionally in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, and Los Angeles. She feels that God has placed her at FA for “such a time as this” to work with students in a fun and creative way, which allows her the time to develop relationships and show students the love of Christ. She continues to perform as a singer in the First Baptist Orlando special events choir.
Joe Cioffi – Upper School Digital Arts
Joe attended Penn State and Edinboro University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He spent eight years with the Walt Disney Company as an Animation Artist and moved to pursue business where he spent 10 years owning and operating a small business. He and his family are members of HighPoint Church and have a son Gabe who has been at Foundation for eight years.
Deborah Johnson – Preschool Art
Originally from Ohio, she was a volunteer at Foundation Academy for three years before being hired at the school. She has been working at Foundation Academy since 1997.
Preschoolers start their art education in her classroom by sharpening their fine motor skills and learning about the Old Masters as well as more contemporary artists. Deborah’s passion for art appreciation will allow students to enter the world and style of artists such as Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Vincent van Gogh. As students learn about the artist’s style, they will participate in style-themed projects to complement their learning.
Deborah uses many different mediums such as oil pastel, colored pencils, tempera, and acrylics in her classroom. Students can expect to learn important art concepts, such as the color wheel, art literacy, and color mixing.
Deborah is active in the arts community and is a member of the Winter Garden Arts Association. She enjoys continuing her education at Crealdé School of Art. She encourages her students to participate in local contests, such as the Orlando Sentinel’s annual Holiday Art Contest.
Adriana Uhlman – Upper School Art and Photography
Adriana Uhlman attended The University of Central Florida and received her Bachelor of Arts in Art with a specialization in Photography. She worked at Universal Studios Orlando as a photographer in the Publicity Department. Her duties were to photograph celebrities, advertising, and documentation of the park’s expansion. She has owned a photography business, where she did portraits and advertising.
Her photographs have been published in The International Library of Photography, Cypress Dome Literary Magazine, Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography Annual, and Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography Annual.
Mrs. Uhlman’s classroom will be a place where students will learn new art skills and practice what they have learned. By using different mediums they can be creative and learn new techniques.
Mrs. Uhlman lives in Winter Garden with her husband and two sons who attend Foundation Academy.
Kirk Hensley – Upper School & 6th Grade Band Director
Kirk Hensley graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelors in Music Education. As a percussionist in college, he was in the Symphonic Winds and on the Drumline. He was also the lead drum set player for Jazz Band and one of the founding members of the Mississippi College Percussion Ensemble. He has also played percussion, guitar, and bass guitar for various community club and church worship services. In addition to performing in several ensembles and genres, he has also taught private music lessons and instructed a high school drumline before joining Foundation Academy.
Mark Goff – Upper School Choir & Praise Band Vocal Director
Mr. Goff joined Foundation Academy in 2010 with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment world as a vocalist, vocal coach and musician. His career includes as a vocalist as Disney’s world-renown “Voices of Liberty” and award-winning a cappella group “Four For a Dollar”, otherwise known as “Return to Zero”. He also has continued to coach, sing and lead recording sessions and work as a professional bassist. His vocal coaching has included work with over 40 gold or platinum-selling recording artists from around the world- The Backstreet Boys, N-Sync, O-Town, Britney Spears and Creed to name a few!
Currently, Mr. Goff continues to work for Walt Disney Entertainment as a vocal coach and music director and continues to develop artists in the secular and Christian recording industries. He also continues to teach private voice to upcoming and already established professional singers.
Carolyn Conover – Upper School Theatre Arts
Carolyn Conover is a proud graduate of FA Theatre. She has been involved in musical theatre from a very young age, training with theatre companies overseas as well as locally. Carolyn was the assistant director of the elementary theatre program at Foundation Academy for 3 years while working to earn her degree. Upon graduation from the University of Central Florida, she began to work as the assistant director to Patti Cogburn for FA’s production of The Little Mermaid. Carolyn is so excited to be the director of theatre arts at Foundation Academy and is looking forward to seeing God move in marvelous ways through this department.
Cynthia Kime – PreK – 6th Grade Music and Elementary Drama
She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Master of Education and Asbury University with a B.S. in Music Education, emphasis on vocal performance. She was a member of the theater performing troupe while at Asbury and traveled and performed all over the U.S. Cynthia also traveled in various singing groups while at Asbury, both for the university and for FCA.
After college, she taught elementary music and drama for 12 years in Kentucky, supervised student teachers, and worked with community theater groups as a performer. Favorite roles include Marian, from ‘the Music Man’ and Ado Annie from ‘Oklahoma’. She was a soloist with The Lexington Singers and her church, Southland Christian Church, where she performed as Mary in their Living Christmas Tree productions and in the church’s Easter pageants. She has had the privilege of singing with some of her music favorites, including Larnelle Harris and Travis Cottrell.
After moving to Florida in 2008 with her husband Dan and their three daughters, Cynthia became an active member at her church, First Baptist Church of Windermere. She has also performed in The Garden Theater as Baroness Elsa, in “The Sound of Music”, and in “The Music Man.”
She now shares her passion for music and theater with her students.
Bess Robinson – Lower School Art
Bess Robinson is a graduate of Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art. Check back to read her full bio – coming soon!