Teaching the Arts to Elementary Students in a Changed Learning Environment

Thank you to everyone who signed up and showed interest in our virtual summer teacher retreats! Registration is currently closed, but if you would like to be the first to receive details on our future professional development opportunities, please email elizabethhenderson@scgsah.org to be added to our Outreach mailing list!

Led by certified K-12 Theatre Teacher, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Drama Therapist Melanie Trimble, this free two-day virtual teacher retreat will provide an overview of chronic stress and trauma in young children and the implications for remote and in-person teaching in the arts classroom.  

Young students performingThis two-part experience explores the results of long-term stress, strategies for instructional adjustments, and the potential impact of our new learning environment on young learners. Participants will be offered opportunities for practical discussion and experiential learning that focuses on making appropriate adjustments to teaching the arts to children who may be experiencing chronic stress or even trauma.

Special Topics 

  • Basic neurobiological responses
  • Typical & atypical behaviors
  • Implications for diverse populations/circumstances
  • Professional self-care in the face of children’s stress
  • Activities and discussions designed to decrease anxiety, triggering and regression
  • How to talk to various ages of children about using their artistic practice for self-care and self expression


This retreat is open to South Carolina's Elementary Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts Teachers. Professional development credit certificates provided. Participants will need internet access and microphone/camera capacity. 


June 12-13, 2020


This free retreat will be offered online via Zoom. Details will be emailed upon registration.

How To Register

For more information or to register, email Elizabeth Henderson, Coordinator of Outreach -  elizabethhenderson@scgsah.org 

About Melanie Trimble

Due to the unique circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Governor’s School is pleased to welcome Melanie Trimble as a Guest Clinician for this special event. Ms. Trimble is currently working in a public elementary school as a certified K-12 Theatre Teacher. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Drama Therapist. Her experience working with diverse populations around the confluence of creativity and traumatic experiences has spanned over 25 years, including educational, artistic and mental health settings. Ms. Trimble holds a Masters in Drama Therapy from New York University Steinhardt School of Education, a Bachelor’s in Theatre from USC-Columbia, and a Certificate in International Trauma Studies, NYU & Bellevue Medical Center, New York City. 

About the Governor's School's Outreach Programs

As a part of the Governor’s School’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers across the state, the Office of Outreach provides professional development opportunities to enrich arts education in South Carolina. Learn more.