Alumni

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    Jennifer DiCesare Galati

      Jennifer entered Tyler’s MEd in Art Education program as a fifth-year public high school art teacher in Delran, New Jersey. While completing her coursework at Tyler, she remained a full-time classroom teacher and focused her research on arts integration. Throughout the course of her graduate study, Jennifer was able to transform her classroom into a holistic, process-based studio environment that encouraged students to explore cross-curricular themes. Since graduating in 2016, Jennifer has worked with teachers in her district to develop an integrated curriculum that addresses the educational needs of students. Most notably, she established the art instructor’s role for her district's S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engieering, Art, and Math) summer camp, provided Arts Infusion workshops for teachers participating in professional development, and is currently in the process of developing an integrated art course on contemporary issues. In addition, she has also worked as an art instructor with Drexel University to pilot their S.T.E.A.M. summer camp and presented her research via an art installation at the Pennsylvania Art Educators Association conference.

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    Liza Dolmetsch

      Since graduating from Tyler, Liza has been putting her M. Ed. in Art Education to work as an art educator in Philadelphia.  She taught art for four years at Kaleidoscope Arts Enrichment Program, a HeadStart/Keystone Stars Preschool at Settlement Music School, where she trained other early childhood teachers how to better incorporate visual arts in the classroom. She currently teaches art at William Dick Elementary School, a K-8 school in the School District of Philadelphia. Liza believes that her students are creative, energetic kids who deserve a rich arts curriculum, not limited by state and district issues. She works hard to bring the creativity and resourcefulness she expects from them every day into her own educational practice!

       

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    Marie Elcin

      Since graduating from Tyler's MEd in Art Education program in 2012, Marie Elcin has taught as an elementary school art teacher, an adjunct professor and student teacher supervisor at Saint Joseph's University, and currently works as the middle school art teacher for Christopher Columbus Charter School. Marie has been welcoming undergraduate Art Education interns in her classroom for the past 4 years, and loves sharing her teaching practice with pre-service teachers. In addition to her full-time teaching position, Marie also works as a teaching artist at Fleisher Art Memorial, where she teaches color theory, basic design, and fibers to adults in the evenings, and screen-printing for teens on Saturdays.

      Marie also continues to maintain her studio practice in fibers and printmaking, and has exhibited in shows at Holy Family University, Wayfarers Gallery in Brooklyn, and B Square Gallery. Part of her ongoing artistic practice involves community art projects - Marie completed a major collaborative fiber piece with the congregation of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, and was selected as a finalist for the PFCU Fishtown Mural Project with Mural Arts Program in 2015. She also participated in an international peace project called "In a War Someone Has to Die", and connected with the original curator in Denmark to bring the project to Philadelphia.

       

       

  • Tim Gibbon

    • Website:www.timgibbon.com
    • Tim Gibbon (MEd, Certificate in Community Arts Practices, 2014) is a Philadelphia-based artist, educator, and advocate. His teaching and studio practices are rooted in the collaborative production of socially engaged public artwork in a variety of mediums. Tim's background lies in community-based arts education, working in teaching and administrative capacities with organizations such as Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and Mural Arts Philadelphia. While at Tyler, Tim worked as Project Manager for reForm, a project of Pepón Osorio with Temple Contemporary, which responded to the 2013 budget-related closure of Fairhill School in North Philadelphia. Currently, Tim works as Picasso Project Director with Public Citizens for Children + Youth, providing grant funding and advocacy for arts education in Philadelphia’s public schools.

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    Walter Myrick

      Walter Myrick graduated from Tyler in May of 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education. He immediately began teaching in Philly public schools and "earned his stripes" at University City High School and Sheridan West Academy Middle School. His goal is always to provide his students with a meaningful art education experience that combines traditional art principles and modern ways of making art. He challenges his students to think, explore, create and have fun in a safe and inclusive environment. Walter's art is heavily influenced by comic books, video games, horror movies and "geek culture." This is appropriately reflected in his classroom/studio. Walter shares his creative process and work with his students as he wants them to see him as not only an art teacher but an artist.

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    Kathryn Schlavi

      Kathryn Schlavi (Tyler MEd, 2011) works as a socially-engaged artist, educator, and art education consultant.  She collaborates with communities to create unique gathering spaces meant to enhance learning, encourage communication, celebrate space, and inspire change. In her artistic work, she creates event-based projects created through handmade tents, zines, mobile structures, parades, and more using media such as found objects, fiber, and costumes.  As an educator, Kate works with schools, non-profits, and museums facilitating artist-in-residence projects based on creating collaborative community creations such as murals, parades, zines, and more.  As a consultant, she runs professional development workshops for teaching artists on writing arts integration lessons; she works with classroom teachers to incorporate art making into their lessons, and writes arts integration curriculum for clients.  

      Kate believes in arts integration, and is proud to be an artist educator who creates new and exciting creative projects in many schools in the area.  She finds strength in collaboration by working with educators in different subjects, community members, and other artists, both her art and art education work has grown significantly by what she has learned from individuals in other professions.  Kate believes in the healing power of creating celebratory, creative spaces, and creates those spaces everywhere.

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    Lauren Stichter

    • Website:Vessel and Light
    • Lauren Stichter is a Philadelphia native who graduated from Tyler School of Art with her BFA in Ceramics and a teaching certification. After graduating from Tyler, Lauren became the lead art teacher at The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and continued her work there for 15 years. While at PSD Lauren completed her Master’s in Education, focusing the majority of her studies around positive behavior supports for those who have special needs. In 2009, Lauren spent a 6 month sabbatical in northern India where she taught art to children who have different abilities and trained local educators how to incorporate art into their curriculum.

      For the past 5 years Lauren has also been an adjunct faculty member at Moore College of Art and Design teaching the Special Populations class in the Undergrad Art Education department. At Moore Lauren was also asked to join the Advisory Board for the Masters in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations, and this past spring Lauren became the Graduate Program Director of this great program. In the summer of 2014, Lauren took on the role of Special Needs in Art Education Chairperson for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. In collaboration with Dr. Lisa Kay, Lauren also began a PAEA Special Needs in Art Education Collegial Assembly that meets quarterly in and around Philadelphia, with plans to extend this group of peers across the state.

      Lauren has presented at conferences, symposiums and workshops through the National Art Education Association and Pennsylvania Art Education Association at colleges, museums and community arts organizations across the state. Most recently Lauren presented at the World Conference for Special Education which was hosted at Temple University this past August.

      Lauren now lives in Kensington with her husband Will and daughter Shirley. Lauren continues to make her own pottery and is an active member of her community, especially when it comes to working with Philadelphia public schools and their art programs.

  • Rachel Yoder

    Rachel Yoder

    • Website:Rachel Yoder
    • Rachel Yoder was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1981.  She received her BS in Art Education from Tyler School of Art in 2011.  Yoder spent three years teaching art in the inner city of Philadelphia before deciding to return home to Berks County, where she has deep Pennsylvania Dutch roots in the Fisher and Deturk families.  She wanted to be closer to the palpable Pennsylvania Dutch culture and heritage of this area.  She is currently pursuing an MFA in Communication Design at Kutztown University. Yoder is an active folk artist specializing in contemporary interpretations of fraktur style paintings and portraits of der Belsnickel.  Yoder has exhibited at Tyler School of Art, Kutztown University and The Hex Factory gallery.  She just finished writing and illustrating her first bilingual children's book, Penny Olive, in December 2015, which was written to engage young people and help preserve Pennsylvania Dutch language and culture.  Penny Olive was published by Masthof Press in January 2016. Her work has been featured in Deitsch, Side Arts, and reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Yoder lives and works in Boyertown, Pennsylvania with her three children and husband.