Here at CRA, we operate on a Day 1-2-3 Schedule. The students rotate every 3 days through each specials. 

Meet your Specials Teachers Below! 


Physical Education
Mr. Mello
Email: RHidalgo-Monjaras@crschools.us

Hello! I am Mr. Mello the Gym teacher here at CRA. My passion for fitness began when I started wrestling in 6th grade. At first I enjoyed exercising because I knew it would help me become a more successful wrestler but as I got older I learned more about the health benefits of exercise  which lead me to wanting to learn more. This brought me to Coe College where I studied Education with an emphasis on PE and Health & Wellness. In my spare time I love working out either lifting weights or at the boxing gym. You might also find me on the Cedar Rapids trails walking my dog Rapper! Whenever I can manage to visit my family in California spending multiple days at the beach is a must! All in all I enjoy spending my free time outside, especially during the spring and summer months.

-Mr. Mello




Mr. Hill
Email: JZbanekHill@crschools.us

I teach Music at Cedar River Academy. My love of music began when I started taking piano lessons from my grandmother, who was also a music teacher, when I was five years old. I have a strong background in music performance, and frequently shares my talents volunteering for community theaters in the corridor area.

-Mr. Hill



Mr. Langland
Email: JoLangland@crschools.us

I teach art here at The Cedar River Academy at Taylor; so, if you need to know about shape, line, color, form, space, texture, and value; I am your guy! In my free time I can be seen staring at my saltwater fish tank, playing a round of disc golf, or listening to my favorite bands on vinyl. One of my favorite types of art to make are called artist trading cards. They are simply drawings done on paper the size of your favorite trading cards!

-Mr. Langland