Rebecca D’Angeli (Visual Art) Rebecca works regularly in the medium of acrylic paints but also enjoys creating with a myriad of new art materials. She completed a Master’s in Teaching Visual Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2010 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from West Chester University in 2007. She is currently teaching at Rowan College as an Adjunct Professor of Art and is also involved with visual art fellowships and other community-based teaching opportunities in the Philadelphia region. Rebecca believes in creating an atmosphere of curiosity and passion for learning. This helps in the learning process to not only build life-long learners, but also to encourage students to reach their highest creative potential.
Bea Kaplan (Preschool, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking) B.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University, concentrations in printmaking and drawing. Bea has a range of experience in the art world including being an art teacher, gallery director, mural project coordinator, and therapeutic recreation program instructor. She has provided art instruction at multiple schools in the Tri-state region of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey including Westtown School, Tower Hill School, Friends School of Mullica Hill, NJ; The Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, The Carnegie, Museum of Art, The Children’s Room, Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County – Association for Children.
Erika Matyok (Drawing, Painting) Erika Matyok has enjoyed a passion for painting big, vibrant flowers throughout her life. She takes pleasure in large-scale painting projects and has worked on several popular murals that adorn landmarks scattered throughout Philadelphia, including one that appeared on The Rachael Ray Show. She currently teaches aspiring young artists at an elementary school in Broomall and runs Fancyhands Designs, a company that specializes in custom murals, faux finishes, kids’ rooms, and hand-painted furniture. In 2014, Erika led a community mural project in Northern Liberties Philadelphia for “Clean Up Day”. Her large-scale murals emit energy. They are filled with imagery and impact. “I feel vibrant, alive, and more connected every time I complete a work of art. Each piece contains a unique meaning, process, or look. It’s an affirmation and deeply personal feeling that comes with completion,” exudes Erika. “It’s a natural desire for me to paint, draw, and design.”
Jennifer Roman (Visual Art) Jennifer has been teaching both visual and performing arts for over 20 years. She holds an M. ED in Special Education and Pennsylvania certification in Art K-12 and Special Education. Jennifer taught adapted art and music to both school age students and adults with significant special needs for close to 15 years, as well as typical and gifted children and adults in community centers, after school programs, and arts organizations. Currently she works as a contract teaching artist at the Delaware Art Museum and the Darlington Art Center. When she is not teaching Jennifer is an active in community theater, as a musical theater performer and costume designer. As an artist she is deeply inspired by world cultures and mythology, responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources, and color and texture, and loves working in textiles and mixed media.
Lia Andrews (Language Arts) Lia is the director and founder of Language University. She is a gifted teacher of multiple languages to children. She received her BA in both French and English, with a minor in Spanish from West Chester University. She also obtained a Master’s degree in French from Middlebury College.
In 2008, Lia began teaching French and Spanish to children, emphasizing education through music, drama, and fun. After studying abroad in France and backpacking through Europe, Lia made it her life’s goal to create a program that would introduce a second language to children.