About the Administrative Team
About Ms. Sarena
Ms. Sarena attended East Carolina University with the Teaching Fellows Scholarship. Majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Interdisciplinary Human Studies, she graduated with a teaching license in K-12 Health/ PE. Ms. Sarena’s first teaching job brought her to Morganton, where she taught high school dance, gymnastics, and health. Collaborating with the Fine Arts department she established the 1st Annual Art Expo, a night that celebrated all forms of art. Ms. Sarena earned her National Board Certification, a Master’s of School Administration degree from Appalachian State University and was honored as Burke County’s Teacher of the Year.
After earning her master’s degree Ms. Sarena was an Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, and Principal at North Carolina School for the Deaf. She enjoyed the opportunity to learn a new language and being embraced by a different culture. During her tenure at NCSD, Ms. Sarena was recognized as the STEM Administrator of the Year by the NC SMT Center for developing the STEM program. Ms. Sarena is also in the process of completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University.
Ms. Sarena enjoys traveling and seeking new adventures with her husband and twin daughters.
About Ms. Hollis
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.
About Ms. Lucy
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.
About Mr. Esteve
Esteve was born in Spain, in the Barcelona area. He moved to the USA in 1995, lived in California, and finally settled in the mountains of WNC. He has a degree in Economics and Finance from UNC-Asheville and came to ArtSpace in June of 2019 after a 15 years career in the credit union industry. His connection to ArtSpace goes back to 2008 when his son started in Kindergarten. Esteve enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities, from hiking to mountain biking as well as cooking Spanish food.
About Mr. Rob
Rob began working at ArtSpace in 2011. He earned a B.S. in Speech Communication from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and has earned his alternative licensure from Western Carolina University. Prior to his tenure at ArtSpace Rob worked with children with disabilities in a variety of capacities. Since working at ArtSpace he has been a Teaching Assistant, an EC Teacher, and now serves as the Student Support Coordinator. Rob enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking with his dog, and plays in various musical groups in the Asheville area primarily in the bluegrass and country genres.