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!

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 social justice 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) where she continues her anti-bias, anti-racist art teaching.

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.

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.

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.

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 4 years and has taught 5th, 4th, 2nd, and 1st.

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 received a BFA with an emphasis in Art Education (University of Missouri-St. Louis) and a master's (Webster University) in Education Psychology. 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 tours 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.