Heidi Lowell attended the University of Texas in Austin and studied Applied Learning and Development. She served as Executive Education Director at the University Inter-Cooperative Council, worked as a summer camp director and art teacher in public schools, as well as living in an art guild during that time. She has received awards and accolades that include Teacher of the Year, District Innovation Awards and funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Heidi has studied pedagogy and brain development, and is fascinated by current research in psychology and neurology.
Tess Outlaw received her BA in Studio Art with a Ceramics focus from Southwestern in 2013. Since then she has worked many odd jobs at places such as The Briscoe Western Art Museum, Artworks Art Studio for Children and Garcia Art Glass.
Her favorite way to make art is devising artful environments in the myriad ramshackle spaces she’s inhabited since graduating and curating a curious wardrobe.
Tess has had several years of experience working with children and loves spending time with them because they are insightful and weird. She currently works as an Elementary school SPED teacher in Del Valle ISD.
Dave Meissner was born and raised just off the beaten path from Austin in Hutto, Texas. In 1999, he moved to Austin to attend Concordia University, where he was fully immersed in arts, performing in theatrical productions, assisting with set construction and design, and taking a variety of art classes.
Dave enjoys experimenting with different mediums, his favorites being graphite and pen and ink. He loves drawing portraits and pulling ideas from what he discovers in nature to create abstract art.
For his profession, he enjoys inspiring the young minds of his 2nd graders out in Lockhart, where he also eats plenty of BBQ. In 2017, he and his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Quinn, moved to East Austin where they can create as well as enjoy all of the art the city has to offer.
Nomi Joy Parker is an artist, photographer and educator based in Austin for the past 9 years. She is pictured here at her very first art show.
Hailing from NYC she holds a BFA from SUNY Fredonia & earned her CDA (Child Development Associate) from ACC. recently she acquired an certificate in American Sign Language studies from ACC where she continues to study the language.
Nomi has taught preschool for 7 years and enjoys a variety of nanny positions for different ages. Currently she also volunteers at Texas School for the Deaf in the Heritage Museum and the library.
Utilizing teaching techniques that support the social, emotional & physical well-being of those in her care, she looks forward to sharing her love of reading & learning with an enthusiastic and creative outlook.
Some of her artistic endeavors include: painting, drawing, weaving, sewing, knitting, embroidery, felting, mixed-media/found object art, doll-making, sculpture, music & dance.
When not busy creating or having fun with kids, Nomi is usually outdoors exploring with her husband and their 2 dogs.
Matthew Grey earned his BA in Adolescent Education from the College of St Rose in Albany, NY. Over the years, Matthew found himself teaching such varied classes as preschool in Albany, high school in Brooklyn and The Bronx, and elementary school in small town Upstate New York. Matthew is currently teaching at AHB Community School here in Austin, Texas.
Adrienne Cullins received her M.F.A from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May 2014. She has been showing and selling her work for 12 years, specializing in painting, drawing, and hand cut paper pieces. Although she loves abstract art the most, she is comfortable teaching many different forms of art expression, such as figure drawing, still life, landscape, and illustration. She currently maintains a studio at Cement Loop gallery in Austin. She is very accommodating, outgoing, patient, and never without a big smile. She is eager to teach and inspire students. She encourages others to both challenge and enjoy themselves on their artistic endeavors.
Native Texan, Kera Nellor, earned her BFA through studies in experimental art from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She found a love for being an educator when she taught after school art programs in Austin.
Before becoming a public school teacher, Kera utilized her strong knack for color in creating graphic art and designs for small businesses. With a masters in education, she currently teaches art in a public middle school; believing that creative learning happens through problem solving and experiences.
Kristen Mazzaferro is designer and teacher’s assistant here in Austin, TX.
Originally from Boston, MA Kristen has always had a love for both working with children and the arts. She received her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design & Retailing and worked for many years designing children’s apparel for TJX Companies Inc. in Framingham, MA. Throughout that time she additionally worked with children by nannying, volunteering at schools, creating costumes for children’s theater and teaching.
Some of her artistic interests include painting, drawing, jewelry making, sewing, digital design and illustration, photography and learning many different forms of dance.
When not busy creating, Kristen is usually outdoors hiking, two-stepping to live music, or taking ballet classes at Ballet Austin.
Kristen is currently teaching at AHB Community School and working on her apparel and jewelry brand Ferro & Fawn.
Kellie Stiewert is an artist, teacher and native Austinite.
She studied at Bennington College in Vermont and has worked in preschools or as a nanny for 8 years.
She lives for watercolor painting, traveling, hiking with her two puppies, and helping children learn and grow. She teaches watercolor classes in local senior care venters.
She will be teaching at the North Austin locations this summer with the 5-7 age group.
Gabriela Flores has been in public education for 11 years. It has been a passion of hers to be able to teach young minds about the wonderful world of art. She has her BFA from Texas A&M-Kingsville and holds an all-level educators certification.
Painting and ceramics are her favorite mediums to work with. She also enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling and hiking with her husband and dog.