Nancy is a retired Art Educator with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system. Having taught art classes from elementary school through university, Nancy offers a wonderful perspective on the daily lesson preparation and career trajectory. Aside
from the necessary teaching credentials, Nancy tells us potential teachers must also know how to create a safe space for their students, as art can be a means for children to work through their issues as they grow.
Art (Bachelor), Art (Masters)
City: Virginia Beach
Rachel Simmons ’97 is an associate professor of art at Rollins College. Asides from her studio art curriculum, Rachel oversees collaborative community art projects focused on environment responsibility. Check out Rachel's story to learn if a
career teaching art is for you!
City: Winter Park
Marie is an artist in residence at Coney Island USA, a non-profit artist group operating on the fabled Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY. Marie creates the eye-grabbing banners that adorn the exterior walls of the Coney Island Sideshow below,
pulling passers-by in off of the boardwalk to see the latest and greatest attractions! Marie has an incredibly demanding scheduling, spending half of her time in the art studio and the other half teaching art across the river at Fairleigh Dickinson
University in New Jersey. Aspiring artists should listen carefully to Marie's time-tested advice for personal success!
City: Coney Island
State: New York
From www.albertpaley.com:/nAlbert Paley, an active artist for over 40 years at his studio in Rochester, New York, is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest
award to a non-architect ... Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works ... Pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Career Services Director
Sue is the Executive Director of Career Services at the University of Denver. Although her main duties revolve around keeping the big-picture operations running smoothly, Sue tells us she still finds the most pleasure out of the relationships she
forms with the students. It is immensely gratifying to to Sue and everyone in the career services office to guide students to find their passion in life!
Foster Care Fundraiser
Maria Petrakos ’07 is the Program and Volunteer Manager for the Foundation for Foster Children. Located in Orlando, FL, the foundation strives to provide funding for tutoring, arts classes, athletics, and other activities for disadvantaged foster
Art (Bachelor), Art History (Bachelor)
Jonathan is the curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. Asides from tours of the museum, the role of curator also involves researching possible future exhibits, working with museum donors, and even teaching.
Art (Bachelor), French (Bachelor)
City: Winter Park