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Dr. Tequila Kurth – Founder and CEO

Dr. Tequila Kurth

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Tequila Kurth is the founder of UpGrade Media Arts, entering her 13th year in educational leadership.  She is an award-winning educator and leader, serving 11 years as a school administrator in three of the largest urban school districts in Wisconsin. She is also an artist and arts manager previously serving the Milwaukee and Chicago communities. Dr. Kurth advocates for a robust K-12 curriculum that integrates the visual, performing and multimedia arts in public schools.

Dr. Kurth is a member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) and the International Listening Association (ILA).   

Before earning her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University, Dr. Kurth earned degrees from Alverno College (B.A. – Communications/Creative Arts/Management), Columbia College Chicago (M.A. – Arts Management, Music Business) and Cardinal Stritch University (M.S. – Educational Leadership).   

Dr. Kurth was named a Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.  She is poised to revolutionize hybrid learning models for multimedia arts students in the Midwest and throughout the United States.


Messages from Dr. Kurth

No Studios Visit

UpGrade Students visited No Studios. They learned what goes on behind the scenes of a video production. They learned a lot as they sat as an audience for a WISN viewing of an...
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Teacher Appreciation Week: Inspirational Teachers

Just as so many of us do every year during Teacher Appreciation Week, I think about how the teachers in my formative years set the stage for how I learn, teach and lead....
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PODCAST – Innovate, Adapt, and Grow – The WVS Podcast

Episode Description UpGrade Media Arts Charter School in Milwaukee is a tuition-free public charter school in Wisconsin offering a unique 6-12 curriculum that integrates the multimedia arts in a project-based, hybrid learning environment....
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