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

George Washington Elementary School Presents: Camp Rock

The Spring Concert Season

  • May 16th - WHSS

  • May 17th - Cornwell Elementary

  • May 18th - George Washington Elementary

Fine, Performing & Culinary Arts Announcements

Colleen Bennett

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Nicole Blier, Chorus Teacher at West Hempstead Secondary School

Mrs. Nicole Blier has been a music teacher in the West Hempstead School District since the fall semester of 2015. She holds two degrees in music education, a bachelor's from CW Post Long Island University, and a master's from CUNY Queens College. Mrs. Blier began her career in West Hempstead as a general music teacher at the Cornwell Avenue School. She currently teaches chorus grades 7-12 at West Hempstead Secondary School.