More than just an art class.

Teacher Bios

We hire professionals with many years of experience who are truly committed to helping children develop a positive sense of self-esteem. Our teachers work side-by-side with your child to help them get in touch with their innate creativity, to improve artistic skills, to build a positive community in the classroom, and to deal with the frustrations and joys of making something look just as they want it too.

Teacher Biographies


Jackie Greenfield

Head Teacher

Jackie began teaching at Young at Art in July 2007. She participated in YAA Teacher Training Program. She has a Master’s degree in Art Education K-12 from Manhattanville College and a BFA from Syracuse University, School of Visual and Performing Arts. Jackie also ran a family, luxury bath and gift manufacturing business for 13 years.

Jen Kaplan

Head Teacher & President of YAA

Jen took over as president and owner of YAA in 2015. Her background is in nonprofit and small business management. She has a Masters in Organizational Change from The New School and has taken classes at Parsons School of Art. Jen was trained by Donna Wiener in the YAA Teacher Training Program. She works in oils and acrylics and enjoys making bakery art.

Maggie Betz

Head Teacher

Maggie began working at YAA in October 2015 with Marsha Mendel and Donna Wiener, the original owners of YAA. She has a masters degree in early childhood and elementary education along with 20 plus years of experience working with young children. In addition to working as a nursery school teacher, Maggie is an adjunct professor at Lehman college. She teaches a course about Art and the Developing Young child to students in the education department. Maggie has a unique understanding of children and their creative process. She enjoys every opportunity to work with children.

Jon Berry

Head Teacher & Private Lessons

Jon joins Young at Art in January 2018. He has had a wide range of teaching experience from young children in head start to the undergraduate level. Jon received both a BFA in Printmaking and an MFA in Digital Media from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is an active muralist and has had work featured in multiple publications. While Jon works in all types of media, he believes it all starts with a strong foundation in drawing.

Melissa Listwan

Head Teacher & Office Manager

Melissa has been working for Young at Art since August 2015. She has been trained by veteran YAA teachers and has been working with young children for 7 years. Melissa's personal artwork has primarily been in woodworking. She is working towards a teaching degree at Westchester Community College.

Katya Meykson

Head Teacher & Private Lessons

Katya received her Bachelor's of  Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, and fiber sculpture. Katya has been teaching art for over nine years, she has taught at Manhattan JCC, Art Fairy Education, L2COLAB, and other schools in New York area. She began working with Young at Art in May 2017.

Emily Gosweiler

Head Teacher

Emily received her BFA from SUNY Purchase. She is the owner of Creative Hearts Art School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She has been teaching art and encouraging free thinking for the past 15 years. She operates with the belief that children have as much to teach us as we do them. She encourages children to discover their own voice, especially through creativity, and trust what they find. Emily teaches the Summer Art Camps at YAA. She has been with YAA since June 2016.

David Limpel

Head Teacher
David is a character artist and sculptor. He specializes in digital 3D models and has worked with and taught others how to use Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter, Photoshop, and Illustrator. He is especially skilled at teaching children how to draw human anatomy and work with proportions. David has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Mercy College.