Wildflowers Staff

 

 

We love our amazing staff as moms, teachers, friends and all around wonderful humans!!

Here’s a little bit about each one:

EVE GRASMEYER

In the late 80’s, there was a Saturday morning kid’s show called the STM Showboat. It was very low-fi, and made by channel 3, WTSM, in Syracuse, NY. Featured were an  audience of local kiddos, a magician host, and best of all – the Crafty Lady! The Crafty Lady showed us how to make paper plate sun visors, salt-and-flour clay bead necklaces, and that construction paper could transform into anything. Today, Eve is proud and happy that she can be “the Crafty Lady” to a new generation of creative learners at Wildflowers.

Eve earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo in Elementary and Special Education at a time when that dual major was not offered at many colleges. She was a public middle school English and Social Studies teacher for 5 years, and has been a private tutor for the past 3 years. As a tutor, she specializes in making math approachable, fun, and meaningful. She also helps students manage the anxiety that can come with academic challenges. Along the way, she also explored careers in outdoor sporting goods and social services. No matter the career, Eve has always wanted to help others and be a creative problem-solver. She is an artist, and currently works in Prismacolor marker and collage.

 

LIZ PIERONI

20170626_125139Liz is a mother of two, an artist and a certified PreK-12 grade art teacher. Liz first pursued her dreams of becoming an artist at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It was there that she first began to share her passion for art with students of various ages as a teaching assistant and educational coordinator for a curatorial studies program.

After moving to Burlington Vermont on a whim, Liz fell in love with the culture and community. While working as a teaching assistant at Winooski Middle School, she received her license in Art Education from Saint Michael’s College. Liz believes that the arts teach students that problems can have more than one answer and that there are many ways in which to see and interpret the world around them. It helps students to say the things that are difficult to explain. The arts are proof that our cognition exceeds the limits of our language.

After several years of teaching in public schools she stumbled upon Wildflowers Studio with her two children and instantly fell in love with the studio’s philosophy of learning. To Liz, Wildflowers is a breath of fresh air. As an art teacher it had always been her goal that stepping into the art room would be like the very moment when Dorothy realizes she is not in Kansas anymore, stepping out of the doldrums of black and white academia and seeing all of the colors in between.

Liz has devoted countless hours to help Wildflowers grow and is now our STUDIO MANAGER! She is very excited to be facilitating open studio times, birthday parties, school-aged Art Lab classes , drop and shop workshops, and Make and Sip (grown-up) sessions..

 

 

AIMEE RIEGLER

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Aimee spent her childhood playing in Vermont and chose to stay and raise her own two young boys. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Vermont. Prior to her degree, many years of caring for local families and children sparked a love for children and a drive to seek a career path in education.

Since graduating from UVM, Aimee has worked as an early childhood/preschool teacher, a nanny, and a stay at home mom.

Aimee felt right at home the moment that she entered Wildflowers Studio. She found the studio to be a wonderful opportunity for play-based exploration and discovery for her own child, as well as a place to build a community with fellow parents and caregivers.

Aimee is a creative, devoted and passionate educator and artist. You can find Aimee at Open Studio, facilitating classes and facilitating birthday parties and other special events.