Pearl Schaeffer, Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP), has taught at the University of the Arts for the past 25 years as a professor in both the Dance and graduate Arts Education & Design departments. Ms. Schaeffer holds a B.S. degree from Drexel University in English secondary education and a MFA degree in dance from the University of the Arts. She has taught English and dance extensively in private and public K-12 schools with state certification in Pennsylvania and Delaware. As CEO of the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, Ms. Schaeffer is the project director and co-manager of two U.S. Department of Education grants to advance learning in and through the arts for all students, and a founding designer of the nation's first Teaching Artist Certificate program with the Continuing Studies Department of the University of the Arts. Ms. Schaeffer is a frequent guest speaker and teaching artist trainer and an active volunteer in the community currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corporation.