The TRUE Skool Team


Fidel Verdin 

Shalina S. Ali

TRUE Skool is made up of caring, dedicated adults; talented instructors, dedicated Board Directors and amazing volunteers. Read below to get to know the staff and why we are all part of the TRUE Skool Team.

Jene " DJ the Jenius " Tate , DJ Instructor

​Starting as a participant in 2011, Jene has leveled up into our official DJ Class Instructor and so much more. Helping everyone get acclimated to TRUE Skool culture, Jene is also our after school program assistant. Jene is also an Emcee , Visual Artist & Fashion Designer.


TRUE Skool DJ CLass
James Tomasello, Visual Arts Instructor

Since 2014, James has led our Visual Arts classes that include our Canvas Projects as well as community and business murals. He's also a life-long artist , antique collector and teaches visual arts around the city of Milwaukee. 


TRUE SKool art classes
Sheldon " Pooh Breezy " Wilbur , BBoy / Dance Instructor

Music Production Instructor


Sheldon has been with TRUE Skool since 2012 is dedicated to enhancing the student experience in the studio. Currently enrolled in the music and engineering program at MATC, Sheldon is dedicated to learning and sharing his skills in production and recording. Sheldon or "Schells" is also a BBoy Breakdancer and event coordinator and also a visual artist.

TRUE Skool Music production class
Gideon Verdin-Williams , Video Production Instructor


Gideon has been a volunteer with TRUE Skool since it's inception and recently joined our team as the Video Production Instructor. Gideon is video editor at TMJ4 News, he is also a professional Photographer & Promoter.



TRUE Skool video production class
Jaylan Higgins , Live Band / Music Production Instructor

TRUE Skool Alumni Jaylan leads our Live Performance Band Class as well as his own band, Melodic Prodigies. Jaylan plays several instruments and also makes beats. Jaylan has a passion for live performance and teaching instrumentation, Jaylan is also a student at MATC.


TRUE Skool live band and performnce class
Sam Swasey , BBoy / Dance Instructor

Originally from Orlando Florida, Sam is the energetic Bboy Breakdance Instructor. He enjoys battling state to state as well as practicing parkour. 



Christian Crespo , BBoy / Virtual Experience Coordinator

Originally from Orlando Florida, "NerdaChris" is a Gamer Designer, Recording Artist and Dancer and all around talent. Random #Chris facts, he enjoys VR , comedy and Cats. Plus he can swim like a fish!


Paulo Lovo , Data & Quality Administrator  / Media Instructor


Paula is a Musician , Podcaster , award winning Filmmaker who uses her passions to produce digital stories and documentaries that uplift indigenous culture and legacy.

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