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Support Staff

About Ms. Erin
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 also studied photography, printmaking and art history at Marshall University. Erin spent most of her growing up years in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and her husband are currently converting their grass-filled yard into a permaculture food forest. She enjoys cooking the food growing in her yard, as well as reading, laughing, photography, and spending time with her family.
About Ms. Darlene

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 the 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. 

About Ms. Beth

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.

About Ms. Jane
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.

About Ms. Melissa
Melissa recently relocated to Asheville from Orlando, Florida.  She's spent the last 10 years teaching music to students in Pre-K through 5th grade and holds a bachelor's from the University of Central Florida and a master's from Kent State University, both in music education.  She has completed all three levels of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Training, and has a passion for teaching in a style that is playful, meaningful, and authentic. Along with teaching, Melissa is dedicated to supporting social-emotional wellness, awareness, and education.  She enjoys being outdoors, gardening, whitewater kayaking, reading, exploring, partner dancing, and meeting new people! Melissa is extremely excited to join and support the ArtSpace community! 
About Mr. Thomas

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.