Meet Our Instructors for 2021
Elizabeth Shelor, Lead Violin Instructor for BRS
Elizabeth has been involved with many music organizations in the area, including Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Blacksburg String Quartet and Ensemble, St. John's Music on the Corner, Piedmont Suzuki Ensemble, and CelloFest of Blacksburg. She was a big help in getting the Blue Ridge Strings program started at The June Bug Center, and has been a great asset to this community and students. She is also trained in the Suzuki Method.
Emily Gruver, Musical Theatre Instructor
Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications (Media Production) and Theatre. Before working at The June Bug Center, she worked as a video producer at Citizens Cooperative and a News Producer at WDBJ7. She is also co-founder of The Floyd Community Theatre Guild, which is part of The June Bug Center and has directed many of the young actors' productions such as Frozen, Big Bad Musical, Oz the Musical, and many others.
Paul Tremblett, Computer & Robotics Instructor
Paul has worked for 25 years in the telecommunications industry. He spent a couple of years writing software for the television advertising industry and then left there and worked for Vonage. After he and his wife moved to Floyd in 2007, he worked at the corporate research center at Virginia Tech for seven years, and then worked three more years from home for a company in Canada. He is the author of three books that have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, and Spanish and that deal with computer programming and software development. He has written numerous articles for technical publications.
Valerie Moran, Acting Out! & Lego Instructor
Valerie Moran is our lead teacher for the Acting Out program. Valerie has volunteered for many years at The June Bug Center and has been a big part of bringing theatre to young, aspiring actors in our community. She helped start our Acting Out program and is excited to keep our young actors growing!
Resa Mattson, Improv Instructor
Resa is our Programming Coordinator as well as the Improv instructor. She has always had a soft spot for improv as it is her favorite part of theatre. She has been an assistant as well as an instructor for theatre for over 2 years. She enjoys playing the improv and theater games with the students, helping them use their wacky creativeness to create something they can enjoy.