Derek Schuemann is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BSBA in Business Management and an MS in Educational Leadership. Since 2004, he has served as an educator and athletic coach in Palm Beach County schools, the past year at The Conservatory School. With his past experiences in athletics, Mr. Schuemann has developed the athletic department at The Conservatory School.
As a former piano player, Mr. Schuemann believes in the principle ideal of El Sistema - transforming children's lives through music. Our mantra, Play. Passion. Purpose. is deeply rooted in all areas of instruction, where students get to play through their learning in order to develop a passion for their purpose in life.
Rachel Biehl is a South Florida native. She attended local schools in Palm Beach County pre-K-12. She is an honors graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she studied Elementary Education and began teaching at The Conservatory School in 2011. She then completed her M. Ed in Educational Leadership at American College of Education. She has served the TCS community as a classroom inclusion and gifted teacher, reading coach, school based team leader, and special education support teacher.
Mrs. Biehl has been a part of the development of the core values of TCS, project based learning, and the music program since it’s inception. Her love of the arts began at a young age as she played clarinet in the school band starting at the age of 8 and participated in art and theater programs throughout high school. Mrs. Biehl aims to provide students with a space to pursue their passion, cultivate a place for students to use their voice and choice in order to develop and find their purpose through inquiry and questioning while engaging in meaningful and engaging learning opportunities to meet all student needs.
For the last ten years, Mr. Cartagena has been a US History and Debate educator in Palm Beach County. Mr. Cartagena has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and a Masters in Ed Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.
He is a former Palm Beach County student who attended both Bak Middle School of the Arts and Suncoast High School. Having seen firsthand the power of exposing a diverse group of students to a uniquely rigorous academic and fine arts education.