In her Muggle life, Vicky Dann is a full-time faculty member at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Department of Film and Television. In her wizarding life, however, Headmistress Vicky Dann is one of the most prolific magical leaders in education. Trained at L'Université des Arts Magiques before becoming a teacher herself, Professor Dann has studied at, or taught at, some of the wizarding world's most prestigious educational facilities, including a triumphant year at the Salem Witches' Institute.
Professor Dann has published more than fourteen books in numerous languages, which are available in the Muggle world, and a selection of these have been translated into various magical languages, including Veelan, Gobbledy-gook and Mermish. Unfortunately, there are no known copies of her Mermish texts available; they are said to have disintegrated in the watery homes of the Merfolk.
In her capacity as Headmistress, Professor Dann will be awarding the Pirate Gold to the members of the winning House during the Coda Breakfast at Phoenix Rising.
Michael C. Bolton is a defender of Muggle and half-blood rights. A champion of wizard and Muggle diversity, he has used his educational background in film and literature to study gender, race, sexuality, and class issues in pop culture. His university work earned him an M.A. from the University of Southern California in film studies. In the Muggle world, he has previously worked as the House Manager for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State University, and currently works in "television" post-production.
Prior to his recent appointment as Head of Lumién House, Michael was a co-presenter at The Witching Hour on three panels that examined Foucaultian discipline at Hogwarts, fan identification with the marginalized houses, and the (dubious) ethics of Umbridge and Fudge. He Apparates to Broadway each year to keep up with the work of Lumién graduates in the flourishing wizard theatre scene alongside the established Muggle theatres.
The writings of Professor Roxanne Conrad have been entertaining many a young witch or wizard for quite some time now. Her most well known series written under the name Rachel Caine involves the Weather Wardens, a group of Muggles with the magic-like ability to control weather. Professor Conrad's earlier books, including Stormriders, The Undead, Red Angel, Cold Kiss, Slow Burn, Copper Moon, Bridge of Shadows, and Exile, Texas, were of course best sellers in the wizarding world, and the first of the Weather Warden series, Ill Wind, was at the top of the Quill and Ink Bestseller charts for 11 months, replaced only by the eagerly anticipated sequel, Heat Stroke.
While she's not writing away at her Muggle "computer" device, Professor Conrad can usually be found in the Writing Department of L'Université des Arts Magiques that is, so long as you are lucky enough to stumble upon her office amid the maze of corridors and dead ends. She has held the post of Chair of the Writing Department for five years now, although the position of Head of Bellereve House was only offered to her one year ago, when Professor Conrad was the single staff member of the Writing Department to find her way from the labyrinth of Bellereve to a L'Université staff meeting.
Professor Christine Gengaro has been one of the leading authorities in the field of magical music in the past few years. Educated in the Muggle world, with a Ph.D in Music History from the University of Southern California, Dr. Gengaro as she's known to her Muggle students teaches at three community colleges in California, as well as at USC.
In the magical world, Professor Gengaro teaches Magical Musical Methods at L'Université des Arts Magiques, and has recently been appointed Head of the prestigious Zodico House. She spends most of her free time Apparating between California and New Orleans, but she has also managed to find time to present papers at a number of magical conferences, as well as finish her first novel.
Holding the twin posts of assistant professor of art education at Indiana University in the Muggle world and professor of Magical Artistic Development at L'Université des Arts Magiques, Professor Marjorie Cohee Manifold divides her time between the Muggle and magical worlds. During her tenure at L'Université, Professor Manifold has overseen the creation and development of the Participatory Program, where students even those with little natural artistic ability are encouraged to draw, create and design innovative artistic works. She has also integrated some of her teachings and findings from the Muggle art world, including art as an expression of grief.
Professor Manifold is the current Head of Pontalbòn House and is already urging her students to show their House support by dressing in the traditional Pontalbòn turquoise.