Previous posts introduced you to our outstanding band, orchestra, and dance directors. Here is the rest of the fine arts department to fill out the team that will lead some of the most talented student performers in the state.
Matthew Schaul is ecstatic to be joining the staff and community of Lebanon Trail High School. Matthew is a proud graduate of Texas Christian University and Frisco High School. He comes to Lebanon Trail after teaching at Richardson High School for the past three years. He is excited to help build a premier band program for the students of Lebanon Trail and promote a culture that encourages leadership, excellence, and a true sense of family.
Mr. Arjuna Contreras (Percussion):
Mr. Contreras is very excited to join the Lebanon Trail family, and to help establish LT as a World-Class school! Prior to his assignment as the Percussion Paraprofessional for Lebanon Trail, Mr. Contreras assisted Dr. Rob Parks in the Liberty High School cluster, focusing on Fowler Middle School. Mr. Contreras looks forward to continuing his teaching at Fowler, as that school is now part of the newly-formed Lebanon Trail cluster (LTHS, Fowler Middle School, and Clark Middle School). Previous to his work in Frisco ISD, Arjuna taught at Colleyville Heritage High School and its surrounding middle schools from 1996 until 2015. Beyond his teaching in schools, Arjuna is a highly sought-after clinician and guest artist.
Dr. Rob Parks (Percussion Director):
Prior to coming to Lebanon Trail, Dr. Parks served as the Percussion Director at Liberty High School in Frisco ISD and Newman Smith High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. During his time at Liberty and Smith, the Newman Smith Trojan Marching Band qualified for the Texas State Marching Band Contest in 2009 (6th Place) and 2011 (14th Place) and both schools have regularly placed in the top 5 at regional drum line contests such as the Plano Drum Line Competition and the Lone Star Drum Line Competition. Dr. Parks’ students have successfully auditioned for placement in the TMEA All-State Band, Region 24 All-Region Band and Region 24 All-Region Jazz Band and have also performed with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and drum corps such as The Cavaliers, Blue Knights, Crossmen, Madison Scouts and Southwind. His students have been accepted into the percussion programs at several top tier universities. Dr. Parks is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks & Mallets and Evans Drum Heads. He is married to Belinda, a music teacher at Borchardt Elementary and they have three daughters, Arianna, Adelyn, and Ava.
Ms. Lauren Potter (Colorguard):
Lauren Potter is very excited to become a part of the Lebanon Trail family as the Colorguard Director for the Trailblazer Band. Mrs. Potter comes to us from Wylie East High School where she is finishing her second year as Director of the Colorguard program. Mrs. Potter will handle the all aspects of the fall marching band colorguard program and the winter indoor ensemble. Mrs. Potter is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. During her time MSU, Mrs. Potter marched four years with the Spartan Marching Band and became a member of the Tau Beta Sigma, national band honor sorority. Outside of college marching band, she has marched with the Drum Corps International’s World Class Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as, Winterguard International’s World Class Zydeco Colorguard, State of Art Winterguard and Interplay Winterguard. In her spare time, Mrs. Potter enjoys spending time traveling all over the United States with her husband, reading and walking her dachshund yorkie, Penelope.
Ms. Kristen Summers (Art):
With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Texas State, Kristen Summers has 18 years of experience in teaching Visual Arts in Texas public schools. Twelve of those years has been in FISD at both Wester MS and Roach MS. Mrs. Summers creates Mixed Media works of her own, specializing in abstract and non-objective subject matter. She also paints children’s bedroom murals and customizes furniture for children. During her breaks from school, she likes to travel the world with her students, viewing art and architecture while experiencing various cultures. She is a volunteer at With Love it’s a Small World non-profit organization which assists struggling Frisco families, focusing on the needs of children. Additionally, she and her husband have a great fondness for dogs and take pride in breeding and raising Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Mr. Michael Hollomon (Theater/Speech/Debate):
Michael Hollomon was the Theater Director at R.L Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas from 2002-2015 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Woman’s University. While at R.L Turner High School, his department had great success in UIL OAP, including advancing to the regional level in 2015. In 2015, R.L Turner’s production of The King and I was named best musical for the Schmidt and Jones High School Musical Theater Contest. Michael has coached dozens of state UIL prose and poetry contestants, state finalists in TFA acting events, and much more. Michael has served in the United States Army, and was stationed in Bosnia. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2012 distinguished educator of the year through the Dallas Theater Center’s artistic development program “Project Discovery”. His wife, Christy is a 4th grade teacher in FISD, and he is the proud father of two young children.
Mr. Mike Buntyn (Choir):
Mike Buntyn is joining the Trail Blazers as the Choir Director. Mr. Buntyn is excited to create an exemplary choir program at Lebanon Trail with great opportunities for student musicians. He started his teaching career in Richardson ISD and has spent the last twelve years directing both middle school and high school choirs in Allen ISD. He experienced growing a choir program from 37 to almost 200 students and opening a new campus. His choirs are consistently awarded superior ratings at UIL and invitational competitions. He is frequently asked to be an adjudicator and clinician across the state of Texas. Mr. Buntyn grew up in nearby Plano, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University. He lives in Plano with his wife Kimberly, and their three children, Jacob, Henry, and Emma.