Kerri has been teaching art, dance, and drama to children for over 25 years. She began working at YAA in 1989. She incorporates drama, dance, yoga, and creative movement into her art classes. She also teaches at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts and the Westchester Jewish Community Center. Kerri graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts and studied dance with Andre Eglevsky, David Howard, and Alexandra Allard. Personally, she enjoys working with stained glass.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Andrea has been with Young at Art since January 2017. She has a degree in Fine Art from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She once designed a dress made entirely out of chocolate. Andrea has extensive experience working with children and teenagers. She has been teaching private lessons for 5+ years. She was a preschool teacher at the Goddard School and ran art programs there. She has taught art at the Primrose Early Education school in Florida. She is also currently working for Creative Little Artists at Greenwich Country Day School.
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.
Nadia has been working at YAA since 2011. She has a BA in Studio Art from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She studied art in Pietrasanta, Italy. Nadia worked in animation as a coloring stylist for Michael Sporn Animation Inc. In the HBO special, “How do you Spell God?” she was the coloring stylist for the segment “The Carrot Seed.” She also worked on “Bingo and Molly” on The Learning Channel (TLC) and in radio for WNYC's "On the Media."