At West Hempstead, we believe in providing opportunities where our students become apprenticed into expertise through inquiry. Here in the Fine, Performing, and Culinary Arts Department, we pride ourselves on cultivating this intrinsic experience with comprehensive music, art, and culinary programs that engage our learners in creating, performing, responding, and connecting to fundamental real-world proficiencies for every student. Our students ignite a lifelong appreciation and high value for the arts through higher-order thinking, analytical approaches, articulation of concepts, and problem-solving methods. These skills create a lens that prepares our students to think outside the box as they embark on a 21-century global world.

Ms. Laila Sales

Ms. Laila Sales

Director of Fine, Performing & Culinary Arts



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"The teacher is of course the artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves."

Paulo Freire  

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FPCA Events

NOVEMBER 17-18 2022

  • WHSS Drama Production - Grades 7-8

  • Time: 7pm

  • Location: WHSS Auditorium

The Winter Concert Season

  • December 14th - WHSS

  • December 15 - GW - Winter Concert

  • December 16 - Cornwell Elementary School

Fine, Performing & Culinary Arts Announcements

Colleen Bennett

Welcome to West Hempstead! 

Colleen Bennett, Orchestra Teacher at George Washington School

As a professional violinist with a background in classical performance and jazz violin, Colleen Bennett began her studies on the violin at 4 years old through the Suzuki Technique. Ms. Bennett has performed with an array of orchestras, including the New Orchestra of Washington as an apprentice, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival Orchestra, the South Shore Symphony, and the Five Towns Orchestra, among others. She has also studied under masters in the field, such as the Kronos Quartet, Midori, the Audubon Quartet, the Pierrot Consort, and more. She completed her bachelor's degree at Shenandoah Conservatory and her graduate degree at Queens College. Ms. Bennett is excited to join the West Hempstead School District faculty as an orchestra teacher for grades 4-6!