Lucy Holsonbake is a pioneer in the field of education with over thirty years of varied experience. Whether building an award-winning theatre arts program in an inner city school labeled “at risk,” piloting the Dallas Public Schools’ first Talented and Gifted Program, or heading outstanding theatre and speech/debate departments in highly competitive college preparatory private academies, Lucy has a proven track record!
Currently Lucy is a Communication and Theatre Professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Lucy's teaching has won numerous awards, including recognition from The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She was also given the prestigious title of “Distinguished Teacher” by The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Lucy spends time in the business world as well, training industry in the field of Communication. In addition to teaching at NOVA, Lucy is often an adjunct professor for George Mason University. There she specializes in Presenting with Technology, Public Speaking and Business Communication. While in Texas, she was an adjunct in the nationally recognized theatre department at Southern Methodist University. Lucy is also a competent actress and theatre artist.
Lucy holds a B.A. from Baylor University and an M.A. from The University of North Texas, with additional graduate hours from The University of Dallas and The University of Washington. As a life- long learner, she is currently exploring neurobiology as it impacts the learning process. She is also a strong proponent of experiential and collaborative learning. Next year, Lucy is honored to be spending four months in Shanghai China as a "Visiting Scholar" at the Shanghai American School.