Please note that we are full-time working art educators. We are volunteering our time to develop this website and although we will continue to expand our resources, our time will be limited during the school year. Thank you!

Leadership Team Members

Paula Liz

Bio: Born in Puerto Rico and raised near Baltimore, Paula Liz attended the Maryland Institute of Art where she received her BFA in Painting and MAT in Art Education. She believes in the power of student voice and community artivism.  Paula Liz has over 10 years of teaching experience at public, private, and charter schools in New York City, Austin, and DC. Paula Liz currently teaches Elementary art at a two-way immersion school just outside of DC (in Maryland).

Insta: @ms.paulaliz
Art with Ms Paula Liz
Art with Ms Paula Liz
Art with Ms. Paula Liz

Nylah Khan

Bio: Nylah's love for creativity and connecting with children pushed her to pursue art education. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is an elementary and middle school art teacher on two campuses. Nylah was born in Bangalore, India. She has a mixed-race ancestry consisting of Indian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern roots, among others. She moved to the United States in 2001, and experienced Islamophobia in college as a Muslim-American, especially after the tragic events of 9/11. Her experiences led her to become an educator who is passionate about removing social biases, stereotypes and false narratives with an emphasis on teaching students to be culturally competent.

Insta: @nylah.khan
iluvcuppycake art teacher

Francesca Levy

Bio: Francesca is passionate about artistic activism and encourages her students to use art as a tool for social change. Francesca was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is Cuban and Sephardic Jewish and her cultural background led her to become involved in social justice work early in her life. Francesca has an MA in Art Education and Community Practice and is passionate about how art education can be used to uplift communities and create social change. Francesca currently teaches K-8 art in Miami, Florida where she is committed to anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching practices.

Insta: @mslevyteachesart
Ms Levys Art Class
I learned it in Art Class

Khadesia Latimer

Bio: Khadesia was born and raised in South Carolina. She attended Winthrop University where she majored in Art Education. As an African-American teacher, Khadesia has always believed in the importance of teaching diverse, inclusive lessons that can help mold students to be loving global citizens of the future. With only a few years under her belt, she has been inspired by many teachers to continue highlighting the importance of Anti-Racist art teaching.

Insta: @thebusybrushes
TPT: The Busy Brushes
Mrs. Latimer's Busy Brushes

Tamara Slade

Bio: Tamara was born and raised in LA by a single mother who immigrated from Brazil. Tamara is mixed. She is Afrolatinx, indigenous, and Ashkenazi Jewish. Tamara is a double Bruin, which means she got her bachelors at UCLA and masters in social justice education from UCLA. She teaches students of color in LA Unified School District with a social justice lens. She has been teaching for 5 years and has taught 5th, 4th, 2nd, and 1st.

Insta: @teach4tamara
Teach 4 Tamara

Lori Santos

Bio: Lori grew up Somewhere Over the Rainbow, in Haysville, KS, with a family heritage interlaced in Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican cultures. She has lived and worked with Indigenous artists and communities worldwide. Her doctoral studies focused on visual culture and first-person narratives with Hopi artists. She has taught in many contexts across the USA and internationally. Currently she is Associate Professor and Program Director of Art Education at Wichita State University. She supports the application of a social justice lens in art education via community and social practices that include BIPOC artists who use art to bring awareness, critique, transformation, and empowerment via anti-racist and culturally relevant ideologies. She believes in moving beyond tolerance toward valuing/honoring difference. In addition she highlights the use of critical discourses to investigate the intersection of place and identity. Lori sees art as a direct expression of our humanity and a powerful tool for healing and building knowledge that corrects the myths that displace and disempower communities. Lori upholds that art education is a realm where we can seriously nurture change that empowers us to honor true equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Abby Birhanu

Bio: Abigail (Abby) Birhanu is an artist and high school art teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she moved to the United States at the age of nine. She has always believed in the power of art and pedagogy to shape and transform the learning outcomes, experiences, and identity of the next generation. She practices Choice Based Art to encourage creativity and confidence in her students as well as to help them take ownership of their artistic journey.
Abby participated in the Fulbright Teachers Exchange Program as an exchange teacher to the United Kingdom. The experience was transformative and further solidified her commitment to cross-cultural learning and teaching. Abby loves traveling (21 countries and counting) and especially partaking in educational and cultural exchange opportunities with her students. As an educator, she is committed to anti-racist, anti-bias, and culturally responsive teaching that cultivates global citizens that understand and value the interconnected world community.

Insta: @ ms_b_art_escapades

Advisory Committee Members

Will Coukoulis

Bio: Mr. Will grew up in California and Oregon--then later joined the Navy. More recently, he found himself moving to Colorado at the end of a road trip around the country. Mr. Will graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Metropolitan State University of Denver with a focus in Art Education, Painting, and Drawing. He is very activein the community with Veterans and Art. Mr. Will is a curator at the Veterans Arts Gallery in the Santa Fe art district in Denver. as well a part of Veterans of Foreign War Post 1. He has had his artwork shown around Denver and other states. He has helped start an offroad group called Offroading Subarus of Colorado and has partnered up with the National Park Service in doing trail clean ups on two trails that the group adopted. When Mr. Will isn't assisting his community, he is usually on his bicycle, in the mountains, or camping with friends. Mr Will lives with his cat named Frybread.

Insta: @abstraction_of_life_18