Wildflowers Staff

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We love our amazing staff as moms, teachers, friends and all around talented, special human beings!!

 

EVE GRASMEYER, Camp Instructor & Studio Facilitator

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.

 

RUBY HENRY, Teacher and Studio Facilitator

Ruby is a student, artist, and musician living in Burlington, Vermont. As a kid, her favorite thing in the world was playing ~imaginary games~ house, pirates, fairies, teacher, you name it! She would lead her friends on wild adventures through the backyard, discovering new worlds around every corner. Being at Wildflowers has allowed her to share in this sense of wonder and imagination with new children each week.

She consistently brings fresh creative ideas to our Open Studio themes and After School program. Her outside the box thinking and sense of wonder are a welcome addition to our Wildflowers staff!

 

ELIZABETH PACY, Camp Instructor & Studio Facilitator

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Elizabeth is a third grade teacher at Summit Street School in Essex Junction. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. Currently, she is completing an MEd. from Saint Michael’s College in Literacy and an endorsement as a Reading Specialist.

This summer she enjoyed spending time at Wildflowers Studio facilitating summer camp and open studio. She loves being creative, and especially enjoys being able to share this excitement and experience with children. She particularly enjoys finding new purposes for “old” materials and creating learning opportunities through art and design. Elizabeth is a dynamic teacher and leader who offers her wealth of experience to Wildflowers in many ways!

LIZ PIERONI, Teacher & Studio Manager

20170626_125139Liz is a mother of three, 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 as a teacher and 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, Sprouts Teacher & Studio Facilitator

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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.