Our elementary atelierista at School Within School is Erika Bowman. Erika attended college on an arts scholarship, and worked as a student-artist-in-residence to bring students together on community art projects. After college, Erika worked on a documentary and photography projects before becoming a teacher through the Center for Inspired Teaching’s teacher training program. She was the founding director of an arts summer camp for children of low-income families. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade for five years (two years at SWS) before becoming SWS’s second atelierista in the 2015-2016 school year. She currently teaches three days per week, taking arts classes to further her training on the other two days each week.
Our early childhood atelierista is Marla McLean. Please read her inspiring stories here.