Betsy joined the ArtSpace staff in the 2016-17 school year after moving to WNC from Louisiana. She earned her BS in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans, and holds a certification in elementary and special education as well. Ms. Betsy has been teaching in some way since 2003. She has worked with students of all ages in private, public and home school settings. In her spare time Betsy loves all things yoga and enjoys hiking with her husband and three children.
Lori CozziExecutive DirectorArtspace Charter School
Lori has worked in education for over 25 years. She began working at ArtSpace in 2003 as an Arts Integration Specialist, and has been the Executive Director since 2007. Lori holds a B.S. in Communications and an M.S. in Arts Education from Florida State University. Lori is a National Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood Education, and she holds NC teaching licenses in Art Education and Elementary Education. She has taught art to students ranging from pre-school through adult, and has also been an Elementary Teacher and an Academically Gifted Teacher.
Lori has been a Teaching Fellow with the NC A+ Schools Program since 1999, and in this role has traveled throughout the country presenting and instructing other educators on best practices in arts integrated learning. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys dance, art history, gardening, and soccer.
Hollis McKeownAssistant Director, Kindergarten-Fourth GradeArtspace Charter School
This is Ms. Hollis’ third year as K-4 Director and Testing Coordinator. She joined our staff in the 2009 school year, as a third grade teacher. Ms. Hollis was voted Teacher of the Year at ArtSpace in 2011. Before working at ArtSpace, Ms. Hollis taught with Asheville City Schools as well as in the Chicago area. Ms. Hollis holds a B.A. in Sociology from Tulane University, and her teaching licensure through Western Carolina University. Hollis loves hiking the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She is an avid runner and will be completing her first half marathon this school year.
Elizabeth Russell holds a B.A. in Art and Pre-Med from Douglass College at Rutgers University and an M.A. in Art and Architectural History of the Middle Ages from Columbia University. She has thirty-plus years of experience in public and non-profit executive leadership. She has garnered further studies in Human Resource Management, Accounting, Real Estate Finance, Creating Public Markets for Public Spaces, Grant Writing. She has been a participant in Leadership Asheville for 14 years. Elizabeth has been a member of our administrative team since 2011. Elizabeth’s hobbies and interests include art, organic gardening, community building, and family. She also is a group fitness instructor.
Lucy SawyerDirector of Grades 5-8 and Exceptional Children Program DirectorArtspace Charter School
Lucy has worked in education for over 17 years. She holds a B.A. in English and American Literature and an M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Tennessee. In addition, she holds North Carolina teaching licensure in Cross-Categorical K-12 and Middle School Mathematics. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, reading, and science fiction shows.
Carol DavisSystems AdministratorArtspace Charter School
Carol holds certificates as a Microsoft System Adiministrator, Analyzing and Troubleshooting TCP/IP Networks with Wireshark, as well as taken course work in Microsoft Active Directory, Powershell and most recently in Microsoft Server 2012 through AB Tech Community College. Carol has also been a member of North Carolina Education Technicians since 2014. She served as a Board Member from 2001 to 2003, and co-founded the ArtSpace parent organization in 2001. Ms. Carol has been an ArtSpace employee since 2003. Her personal interests include family, reading, baking, fishing, and of course technology.
Darlene holds an M.A. in Health Psychology from Appalachian State University. She joined ArtSpace as a parent and volunteer in 2001 and joined the front office staff in 2009. She is passionate about health and wellness and shares this with the ArtSpace community through the wellness committee and annual Health Fair. She coordinates the ArtSpace garden growing flowers, herbs, the occasional vegetable and cultivating a love of plants and fresh healthy food with students. She is also an herbalist and currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Herb Association.
Jane holds a B.S. in Business Education from Florida Southern College. She has been involved with ArtSpace from its inception, first as a volunteer. Jane has been on staff at the school since 2003. She enjoys reading, hiking, and music.
Beth has a BA in Art from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters in Library and Information Science from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has a long history of working in libraries, which began as a page shelving books in a public library during college over 20 years ago, and the last being in the Asheville-Buncombe Public Library as a children’s librarian. Beth has been an ArtSpace parent since 2013 and joined the ArtSpace staff in 2015. She enjoys reading, crafting, swimming, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
Erin CarrCommunications and Marketing CoordinatorArtspace Charter School
Erin has taught 3rd and 4th grade at ArtSpace, working with the school since it’s inception in 2001. She earned a B.A. in Literature from Earlham College, an M.A.T. from the University of St. Thomas in Secondary Language Arts Education. Erin has also studied photography, printmaking and art history at Marshall University. She enjoys reading, fun conversations and laughing, cooking and eating good foods, photography and spending time with her family.
Michelle earned a Business Associate degree from Broward Community College with an added emphasis in psychology. She joined the ArtSpace staff in the fall of 2012 however she has been an ArtSpace parent since 2008. Michelle is a beekeeper, an avid gardener, loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Robin AllredCommunity Partnerships and Volunteer CoordinationArtspace Charter School
Robin graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. She has been working in schools since 1999, beginning with the Charlotte Jewish Preschool, Shalom Preschool of Asheville, Claxton Elementary and finally landing at ArtSpace in 2007, as a member of the Board of Directors. After serving 3 years as an ArtSpace Board Member, Robin began working as a Teaching Assistant in 2011. She now serves as Volunteer and Community Partnerships Coordinator and is charged with daily operations of the new 2nd Act Thrift and Gift Store. Robin enjoys hiking, reading, being crafty and spending time with her wonderful family!
Thomas has worked in residential and commercial construction for 17 years and has experience in carpentry, electrical and plumbing. He studied at Haywood Community College and Western Carolina University. He enjoys fly tying, fly fishing, and walking through the woods with his children.
Beth LexaTheatre Arts SpecialistArtspace Charter School
Beth holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts from Towson University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also licensed in Theatre Arts, Middle Grades Language Arts, and Special Education.
Ms. Beth began her career as an intern at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the education department. She then served as a Teach for America corps member teaching in South Louisiana for two years. Beth then worked as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools with the non-for-profit, Reading in Motion. After moving to western North Carolina, Beth taught theatre arts at East McDowell Junior High. Beth joined the ArtSpace Faculty in 2008. She enjoys books, movies, yoga, and chocolate!
Jocelyn has worked in arts education, arts programming and school administration for over 15 years. Her job experiences vary from LEAF Schools & Streets Director, Assistant Principal for Asheville City Schools, and Art Teacher for Chicago Public Schools. Jocelyn holds a BA in Art/Art History from DePaul University, a MAT in Interdisciplinary Arts Education from Columbia College Chicago and a MSA in School Administration from Western Carolina. She was a NC Principal Fellow and has done extensive training in school management, strategic planning and positive behavior support. She is NC licensed in K-12 Art Education as well as School Administration. Her love for teaching art and inspiring youth brings her back to the classroom.
In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys drawing and painting and creating site specific installations. She also co-produces the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival with her husband each January. This 4 day performing arts festival highlights new and emerging interdisciplinary performances from both local and imported artists for culturally adventurous audiences.
Rebecca McRae holds a BFA in dance education from East Carolina University. During her time at ECU, Rebecca performed with the Walt Disney Company, as well as performing and studying at The American Dance Festival in Durham. Following graduation, Rebecca spent time as an art enrichment instructor in New York City before returning to North Carolina. After returning home, Rebecca taught 9-12 dance at Cox Mill High School in Concord, NC. Rebecca currently calls ArtSpace her home, and in addition to teaching K-8 dance, Rebecca coaches the ArtSpace Dance Team. She also served as choreographer of the school’s production of “The Jungle Book.” Rebecca is happy to be a member of the ArtSpace family.
Meg BoernerMusic Specialist and Band TeacherArtspace Charter School
Meg holds a BSE in Music Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She was ArtSpace Charter School’s Teacher of the Year 2014-2015, as well as Mountain Xpress Best Of Winner: 2nd Best Music Teacher (2015, 2016, 2017). Meg has been a part of the ArtSpace family since 2013. In addition to K-5 general music classes, Meg serves as the director of the choral and instrumental ensembles, school musical, and teaches private lessons through the AfterCare program. Meg has experience working in the field of behavioral health, and with children who are visually impaired. She has been an Assistant Coach with Girls on the Run for the past four years. Meg also volunteers in the community through the Girls Rock! Asheville non-profit. Meg enjoys running, yoga, and exploring Asheville’s restaurants and live music!
Michael BarfieldPhysical Education Specialist and Exceptional Children’s AssistantArtspace Charter School
Michael holds a B.S.Ed. in Physical Education from Western Carolina University and is also licensed to teach Special Education. He was born in Georgia and raised in Canton, North Carolina. Before coming to ArtSpace, Michael taught at North Buncombe Elementary for 2 years in an intensive intervention classroom for students with significant disabilities. He enjoys going to church, fishing, and playing disc golf, basketball, and softball.
Steve LipeInstructional Technology SpecialistArtspace Charter School
Since its inception in 1999, Steve has been associated with ArtSpace Charter School. He wrote the school’s first state technology plan as the school’s charter was being finalized. After 10 years in traditional schools, serving as a 4th and 5th grade teacher, technology specialist and media coordinator, Steve joined the original ArtSpace staff as a 5th grade teacher, which he did for 5 ½ years, before transferring into the technology program.
Steve holds a B.S. in Recreational Resources Administration from NC State University, an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an M.L.S. from Appalachian State University. He completed his teaching certification at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. With over 25 years of experience, he holds North Carolina professional licensure in K-6 General Education, K-12 Computer Science, and K-12 Media Library Science. In addition, Mr. Lipe is a North Carolina A+ Fellow, and has presented integrated technology workshops at regional, state and national conferences. His personal interests include reading, traveling, camping, and history. His daughter, Alex, is attending college at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and his wife, Roberta, is a co-founder of ArtSpace Charter School, and an art teacher at Vance Elementary in the Asheville City Schools, where she was chosen as the 2015 Vance Elementary Teacher of the year.
Rebekah holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Central Methodist College. She won the Elizabeth Stephenton Award in Art Education for making a four-foot King Babar puppet. Rebekah has been an educator for 18 years and has worked as a tutor at a private tutoring center, a teacher for Buncombe County Schools and in Delaware. Ms Rebekah joined the ArtSpace staff in 2002. Rebekah enjoys laughing, spending time with family and friends, hiking, knitting, and volunteering for non-profit organizations.
Andrea earned a BA in modern languages and linguistics from the University of Maryland, and her teaching certification from University of North Carolina at Asheville. Andrea also earned her National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading and Language Arts in 2010. She has worked one-on-one with developmentally disabled children and taught first grade for Asheville City Schools for eight years. For the past three years Andrea volunteered for the Ministry of Education for the Commonwealth of Dominica, assisting primary and secondary teachers with implementing reading interventions for struggling readers. Andrea has traveled extensively throughout her life and believes experiencing other cultures is the best path to personal growth. This is Andrea’s first year at ArtSpace. In her free time she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, hiking and backpacking.
Heidi BlozanKindergarten Teaching AssistantArtspace Charter School
Heidi earned a BA in education for middle school science and reading from Warren Wilson College. She also possesses Montessori certification for 1st-3rd grades. Heidi is one of the founding educators of the Swannanoa Valley Montessori School in Black Mountain. Heidi is the parent of an 8th grader at ArtSpace and an alumni currently a junior in High School. This is Heidi’s first year as a staff member at ArtSpace. In her spare time Heidi enjoys gardening, knitting and contra dancing.
Claire has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education Early Intervention from UNC-Charlotte. She joined ArtSpace in 2012, but before that she taught in schools in private and public settings across NC. Claire studied and trained with the famous developmental Reggio Emilia schools in Italy and in the summer 2015 she taught English to middle school students in Shanghai. She also was privileged to research and explore elementary mathematical instruction with the Ministry of Education in Singapore. Claire was selected to be a member of the Governor’s Teacher Network 2014, conducting, reporting and presenting action based research on dramatic play in kindergarten. Claire is an A+ Fellow, training teachers in other schools to embrace the arts integration philosophy in North Carolina. When not teaching or lesson planning, she enjoys exploring the Asheville area and travelling overseas.
Adrienne Chaney has enjoyed her years of working with children teaching in public schools, private schools, and Montessori charter schools for over 20 years. She has excitedly engaged in different teaching techniques to enhance the learning experiences of her students and is enthusiastic about learning even more during her time at ArtSpace as she collaborates with the amazing staff! Along her journey as an educator she has also received certification and training in meditation for children, Positive Discipline, the Connection Practice and has been working with children on mindfulness, self-awareness, and peace education for many years. Adrienne is relatively new to Asheville having moved here in the spring of 2015 with her 12 year old daughter. She loves spending time in nature, drawing, painting, and writing, as well as all the many cultural events here in this beautiful area of Western North Carolina. She is very excited to be a part of Art Space!
Amanda CoxFirst Grade Teaching AssistantArtspace Charter School
Ali holds a B.A. with Honors in Environmental Studies from University of California-Santa Cruz, and an A.S. in Horticulture from Santa Rosa Junior College. She has been an educator for 13 years. Ali is a Master Gardener and chair of the ArtSpace Bulbs and Butterflies committee. She loves animals of all kinds, especially dogs, and spends her time gardening, hiking, nature, poetry, and yoga.
Annabell earned a BA in education from Warren Wilson College. Before joining the ArtSpace staff in 2004 she taught ESL in Brazil and Venezuela. Annabell was ArtSpace teacher of the year for the 2012-2013 school year. She enjoys hiking, painting, dancing, and gardening with her son Coltrane.
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Elise FullerSecond Grade Teaching AssistantArtspace Charter School
Elise graduated from Appalachian State Cum Laude. She played varsity Field Hockey and taught snow skiing and snow boarding throughout her college career. After graduation she was the director of the children’s ski school. Elise completed prerequisite course work for veterinary school in Charleston, South Carolina. She joined the ArtSpace staff in 2014. Elise was a stay at home mom for several years. While at home she started a mini-farm where she raises rabbits, chickens, and pigs. Every summer Elise runs a science and art camp for children ages 4-12.
Melissa joined our staff in the 2014-15 school year. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia College and State University with a certificate in Arts Integration. Before coming to ArtSpace, she taught third grade for 8 years at Brevard Elementary where she was Teacher of the Year in 2014. Melissa is in the process of earning her master’s degree and National Board certification. In her free time Melissa enjoys creating all kinds of things (mostly knitting and sewing, but also jewelry, drawings, paper crafts, and visual design pieces). She also tremendously enjoys reading, kickboxing, and hiking.
Mary received her degree from Appalachian State University in Recreation Management. After working briefly for the Forest Service in Lake Tahoe and being home with her son for three years, she started teaching at a Montessori School in Spruce Pine, where she spent the next fourteen years. Mary completed her elementary certification through UNCA in May 2014 and has taught second grade at Two Rivers Community School in Boone for the last two years. She has now joined Artspace teaching third grade. Mary enjoys guiding children through the process of discovering what inspires them, and igniting a passion to learn about the world. Mary’s bucket list includes becoming a master pasta maker on the Italian Riviera, going on safari in the Serengeti, and learning the mysteries of Angkor Wat (previous life goals were to become Indiana Jones). Mary’s other interests include reading, cooking, hiking, camping, music, and spending time with family and friends. Mary is slightly obsessed with tubing on the river and can be found at the river near her house on most sunny summer days.
Ms. Tonya earned a Master of Education in Reading from the University of Florida. She taught 4th – 8th grade at The Learning Community in Black Mountain for 5 years where she trained in and utilized reader’s and writer’s workshop. She also collaborated with the arts teacher to integrate social studies curriculum with visual and perfoming arts. After leaving TLC Ms. Tonya taught 5th – 8th grade language arts and social studies at two different charter schools. She feels very fortunate to be a part of a community that nurtures the whole child and fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and independence through the arts. Ms. Tonya’s favorite hobbies include writing, hip hop fitness, and learning to play the ukulele. She and her husband enjoy traveling and attending concerts together.
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Kathy SelfFourth Grade Math and Science TeacherArtspace Charter School
Ms. Kathy graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Child Development. She finished her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, focusing on Elementary Education. Ms. Kathy has National Board Certification and has taught K-2nd grade for the past 22 years. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2007, and she was nominated by her previous school district for the Jacksonville State University’s Teacher’s Hall of Fame in 2012. This is Ms. Kathy’s first year to teach at ArtSpace, and she’s thrilled to be starting this new adventure. Other than teaching and learning, Ms. Kathy loves to play games, read, and spend time outdoors with her family and her dog Daisy.
Chris earned an Associate of Arts degree from AB Tech Community College. He has worked for Eliada Home for Children in their day school program as well as a house parent at the Black Mountain Home for Children for 8 years. Chris joined the ArtSpace staff for the 2015-2016 school year. In his spare time Chris enjoys hiking, mountain biking, playing guitar and being a dad.
Marni joined the ArtSpace faculty in 2006 and was Teacher of the Year in 2013-14. Marni holds a BFA and a MEd from West Virginia University. Marni lived in Taos, New Mexico for 5 years where she began her teaching career in an Expedition Learning Outward Bound school. She directed a camp in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and she also taught 6th grade at a charter school in New Mexico. In her free time, Marni enjoys spending time with her son, husband, and dog, reading, and exercising.
Heather BurrowsFifth Grade Social Studies and Language Arts TeacherArtspace Charter School
Heather began working at ArtSpace in 2008 as a Teacher Assistant, and has been teaching her own class since 2009. She taught seventh grade Language Arts for five years, before becoming the fifth grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. Heather holds a B.A. in English from Keene State College, in New Hampshire, where she is originally from. Heather holds NC teaching licenses in Middle Grade English Language Arts and Elementary Education.
In 2009, Heather completed a NC Teacher’s Initiative Outward Bound program, where she gained experience with experiential learning and teaching. In 2015, Heather completed a National Endowment for the Humanities training in Concord, Massachusettes, focusing on the Crossroads of a Revolution, where she gained expertise on the eve of the Revolutionary War. Heather co-leads the GRITS program, where she fosters a love of science and builds community with girls in grades 5-7. She is a proud recipient of the AmeriCorps Education award for three years in a row. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys music, exploring the mountains, reading, and yoga.
Clay MagidsonFifth Grade and Exceptional Children's Teaching AssistantArtspace Charter School
Clay holds a degree in Fine Art from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and is currently pursuing a license in Art and Special Education certification at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Clay joined ArtSpace in 20011 and has worked in the classroom as a teacher assistant, as well as a one on one in our Exceptional Children Program. Clay is also involved in the ArtSpace extracurricular program as both a painting and pottery instructor.
John HallSixth Grade Language Arts and Social Studies TeacherArtspace Charter School
John, a National Board Certified educator, has a long history with ArtSpace, beginning in 2003. He was the ArtSpace Teacher of the Year in 2008-09, and North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year in 2009-10. He also served on the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council in 2010 and 2011. He earned his B.A. in Humanities from Milligan College and has taught for 17 years. A professional entertainer, John enjoys performing in theatre and cabaret in the Asheville area. He also enjoys attending local theatre productions featuring former students, as well as hiking and reading. John has a daughter, Anna Kate, a Senior at Catawba College.
Katy CopleySixth Grade Math and Science TeacherArtspace Charter School
Katy studied elementary (K-6) education at Warren Wilson College. She is certified in K-6 education as well as Middle Grades Mathematics (6-9). She began her teaching career at Francine Delaney New School For Children in Asheville and then moved to McDowell County Schools where she spent the next 11 years teaching middle school math and science. She also works every summer at Camp Rockmont in the garden. Katy was selected to represent teachers of North Carolina on a World View trip to India in 2007. She is a parent of two boys, one of whom attends ArtSpace. In her free time she enjoys exercising, traveling, gardening, lake and beach time, and having fun in any capacity!
Lyn VanOverPermanent Substitute TeacherArtspace Charter School
Lyn has been in education for 21 years. She began as an outdoor educator and naturalist. Lyn is one of the founding faculty members at ArtSpace, helping to get the school off the ground in 2001. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood as well. She holds a B.S. in Biological Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a M.A. in Elementary Education from Spalding University. Lyn enjoys gardening hiking, and music. Lyn has two daughters. Lyn’s daughter Glory is a graduate of Artspace and is currently a senior at UNCW and Lyn’s daughter Grace is a freshman at Owen High.
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Ian Canary-KingSeventh and Eighth Grades Social Studies TeacherArtspace Charter School
Ian holds a B.A. in history from Macalester College and an Master’s of Education in social studies from the University of Minnesota. Over the past seven years he has worked in schools as a teacher, tutor, mentor, and college access coach. He joined the ArtSpace staff in 2014. Outside of school, he enjoys music, reading, and walking his dog along the French Broad River.
Leila WhelessSeventh and Eighth Grade Language Arts TeacherArtspace Charter School
Leila holds a BA in Comparative English and French Literature from Davidson College and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from Agnes Scott College. She has taught kindergartners through high school seniors subjects including French, humanities, phonics, creative writing, and martial arts. Leila joined the ArtSpace staff in 2014. Leila loves Shakespearean theater, poetry, long distance running, and bouldering. Leila also enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and many cats.
Megan SmithSeventh and Eighth Grade Mathematics TeacherArtspace Charter School
Megan is in her 6th year teaching math at ArtSpace and co-directs the GRITS after school girls science program. She earned her a bachelors in environmental science in Pennsylvania and a masters in teaching from Western Carolina University, and she is still loving and learning new things about math every day. Outside of school Megan is a big fan of backpacking, playing water polo, cooking, and making music.
Nick RogowskiSeventh and Eighth Grade Science TeacherArtspace Charter School
Nick has worked in education for 17 years. He holds a B.A. in Arts and Architecture from the University of New Mexico, and a teaching degree from Appalachian State University. He enjoys painting, playing with his son, bike riding and racing, car racing, hiking, and time with his family.
Sue CummingsMiddle School Teaching AssistantArtspace Charter School
Sue holds a B.A. from Montreat College in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Bible and a minor in Cross-Cultural Communications. Sue has been a part of ArtSpace in one way or another from the beginning. She will be the one opening the door in the morning for morning care. In her spare time Sue enjoys canoeing and spending time with her wonderful husband Bob.
Dede KeaslerExceptional Children’s Teacher Grades K-3Artspace Charter School
Dede has been at ArtSpace since 2007. She has worked with children for more than 15 years. Her earlier experiences include various summer camps including a camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Director of Recreation at Lake Royale and 10 years in the Wake County Public School System. She holds a B.S. in Recreation Administration from Wingate College and Special Education Certification from Western Carolina University. She enjoys interior design, home remodeling, watching movies and spending time with her dogs.
Rob SineStudent Support CoordinatorArtspace Charter School
Rob started at ArtSpace in 2011. He earned a B.S. in Speech Communication from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and is earned his alternative licensure Western Carolina University. Mr. Rob has worked as a behavioral facilitator in Virginia and Pennsylvania. He has also worked as Assistant Program Director for Talisman Summer Camps for Children with Autism. Rob is recently married, enjoys hiking and also plays professionally in a bluegrass band called Blue Wheel Drive that just released their first album.
Eric FlorenceExceptional Children's Teacher/Intensive Intervention ClassroomArtspace Charter School
Eric taught in Exceptional Children’s programs for 9 years in McDowell County and for 3 years at Owen High School before coming to ArtSpace in 2015. He has worked in a variety of outdoor recreation and therapeutic programs for people with special needs over the decades. He has a BA in Biology from Albion College in Michigan and has taken graduate classes in Special Education from Western Kentucky and Western Carolina University. He is licensed in Special Education and Biology. He has earned National Board certification in Exceptional Needs Specialist; Early Childhood through Young Adulthood. He enjoys playing with his boys, doing just about anything outdoors, reading, and playing chess.
Amy McDuffieStudent Support CoordinatorArtspace Charter School
Amy joined the ArtSpace staff for the 2014-2015 school year as the second grade teaching Assistant. In the 2015 -2016 school year she changed roles and is working with students with behavioral needs. Amy holds a BA in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Special Education. She has taught in residential treatment facilities as well as 2 other charter schools. She is very excited to be a part of a community that fosters creativity. She loves painting, hiking and spending time with her husband and two children.
Tara ReeseException Children's Teaching AssistantArtspace Charter School
Tara studied Early Childhood Development at McDowell Technical Community College. She has been involved in ArtSpace since its inception: while her husband served on the original Board, she was a co-founder of the ArtSpace parent organization. Tara has worked at ArtSpace for eleven years. A coach in local soccer and baseball associations, she enjoys cooking, her church, and time with family.
Jake WareExceptional Children’s Teaching Assistant Grades 6-8Artspace Charter School
Jake first began working with children in high school, volunteering in an afterschool program for elementary students. Upon graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in creative writing, Jake found himself working as art director for a girl scout camp in Cuba, New Mexico. In 2001, he was hired to work in an afterschool program and sub at an elementary school in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, where he remained in many different capacities, (pre-school assistant, one-on-one assistant, office manager, union president) until 2011. Jake joined the middle school and EC teams here at ArtSpace in 2012. He enjoys sharing his passion for writing and the arts, and is proud of his time spent coaching the middle school spelling team to several region-wide victories.
Hal SmithExceptional Children’s Teaching AssistantArtspace Charter School
Hal holds a B.A. in History and English Wofford College. He joined the staff in 2003. Hal also coaches the middle school Odyssey of the Mind team each year as well as coaches flag football and soccer for the hospitality league. When not at school Hal enjoys reading, tennis, camping, and photography.
Ms.Terri earned a B.A. in psychology and communicative disorders from San Diego State. She earned an M.A. in education with a focus in special education from UC Riverside. Ms. Teri has worked with children for over 6 years and has experience working with adults with traumatic brain injury. She joined the ArtSpace staff for the 2016-17 school year. In her free time Ms. Teri enjoys spending time with her family hiking, biking and playing games. She also enjoys reading, going to concerts and gardening.
Glenda holds a B.S. in Bible and Bible Teaching from Columbia International University and an M.A. in Human Resource Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She holds NC teaching licensure in Bible (K-12) and in Reading (K-12) and has worked in education for over 15 years. Glenda joined the ArtSpace staff in 2008. She enjoys spending time with her family, travel, reading, and scrapbooking.
Beth WatmanSpeech Language PathologistArtspace Charter School
Ms. Beth earned her degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Ms. Beth just recently moved to WNC from the Chicago area. She is enjoying the natural beauty and mild winters of the area. She has worked for 37 years with children 3 years -14 years in ages. She also has 13 years experience with children birth to 3 years old. moved here from Chicago about one year ago. I love this area for the natural beauty and mild winters. She enjoys hiking, jogging, cooking and playing golf.
Tami holds an A.A. in Cultural Studies from Brevard College as well as a B.A. in Foreign Language and Cultural Studies from UNC-Asheville. Tami enjoys traveling abroad and has lived in England, Austria, Italy, and Argentina, and though she grew up in Buffalo, NY and Baltimore, MD she now enjoys the beauty and tranquility that western North Carolina provides. Tami coordinates all AfterCare related programs at ArtSpace as well as teaching the afterschool Pottery class.
Amanda joined the ArtSpace AfterCare staff in August of 2012. She studied at AB Tech before transferring into the English program at UNC-Asheville. Ms Amanda was a nanny for 7 years traveling to Europe and other places in that position. Ms. Amanda also worked with high risk youth in an after school program while in college She is a certified travel and tourism agent, and is a CNA 1. She loves travel, especially in Europe and Africa, gardening, hiking, pottery, and glass art.