Paige Hardison has been teaching theatre at the high school level in the Levittown Public School district since 2002. She has been teaching music for the past 26 years, the first 5 of which were in Tonawanda and Wilson (in NYSTEA’s western region) before coming to Long Island where she has taught for the past 21 years at both General Douglas MacArthur High School and Division Avenue High School. Paige is a native of Ransomville, NY in Western New York. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music Theory from the Fredonia School of Music (SUNY College) in 1984, and completed her Music Education certification there in 1985. She earned her Master of Music degree in Music Theatre Performance from Arizona State University in 1989, and received her Kodaly Certification from the Hartt School of Music in 2003. She became certified in Theatre Education in 2008. Paige has taught Theatre I and Performance Theatre classes for the past 14 years, and has directed and/or vocally directed musicals and plays, both extracurricular and class-based, every year of her teaching career, including having directed the first high school production of “Flight of the Lawnchair Man” and the first high school and New York production of “The Perfect 36”. She has also been advisor to the Thespian Chapters at MacArthur and Division Avenue High Schools for 5 years. Paige has been a member of NYSTEA since 2005, and has attended the Educators conferences most years since that time, has brought students to the Student Conference, and served in the following capacities: Educator’s conference committee in 2006; reader for the Student Dialogue/ Playwriting contest several times; and Curriculum Committee since 2014. Several of her students have been winners in the playwriting contest. Paige is currently serving as a member of the Arts Standards Revision Theatre team, which has met throughout the summer of 2016 at the State Education Department in Albany, and which will continue its work throughout this year. In addition to her activity in NYSTEA, Paige has also been active in other arts education organizations, including NYSSMA and Nassau Music Educators association, for which she has served as all-county chorus chair, vocal jazz chair, and Vice-President of the Jazz Division.