• OUSD VISUAL ARTS TEACHERS

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BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley Career Technical Education teaching credential

Sydney Barnett

I am a multimedia artist, filmmaker and high school educator in Oakland, CA. I am passionate about community empowerment and strongly believe in uplifting youth voices. Coming from a background of DIY culture, I continue to advocate for accessibility within the arts and social justice movement. I have been involved with several projects such as the AMBOS project and FITE Film, and have created many short experimental films, music videos and documentaries.

School: Madison Park Academy 

I teach Digital Media at Madison Park Academy's Graphic Design Pathway

 

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BFA in Fine Arts; MA in Art Education; Visual Arts CA Single Subject Credential

Elizabeth "Ellie" Barrios

I am a Latin artist who enjoys learning about almost anything. I grow with knowledge, create with tools, and teach with compassion.

School: Bret Harte Middle School

I teach visual arts for 6th-7th Grade students. I focus on guiding my students to trust their unique creativity when working with technical art skills--mixing identity with technicality. We also have an Anime/Art club that meets once a week on Wednesdays.

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BA Technical and Professional Writing, San Francisco State University; MA in Education - Instructional Technology, from San Francisco State University; CTE credentials in the industry sectors of Arts, Media & Entertainment and Information &. Communication Technologies from UC Berkeley Extension

Mary Brune

Previously, I worked in the software industry, writing software manuals, designing icons, and instructional videos. In 2007, I co-founded an environmental nonprofit focused on reducing exposures to toxic chemicals. For my work I received the Suzy Cain Leadership award from the Breast Cancer Fund in 2009. I am a complete Illustrator junkie and love designing logos and making games. In my personal life I sew, paint banners, and dabble in screenwriting. I have three kids.

School: Madison Park Academy

MPA’s’ Graphic Design pathway provides students with authentic, project-based learning experiences in the field of design. Students progress from the principles of design, photography, typography, page layout & composition in year one, through digital storytelling, animation, game design, in year two. In the capstone year, Design for Change, students explore web design, mobile app design, and apply their pathway learning in service of their capstone issue to create positive change in their communities.

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BA in Fine Arts, MA in Graphic Design, MA in Digital & Information Society. Single Subject Credential in Art, CTE credential en Art, Media & Entertainment. BCLAD Authorization (Bilingual Cross-cultural Language in Academic Development). Certificado de Aptitud Pedagógica (Spain).

Malena Fuentes

I have been a Graphic Designer and an Illustrator for more than 25 years, mostly working for the Children's Books Publishing Market, sometimes under the name of ARTIMAGOS. I have been Featured Illustrator in SCBWI where I am as well Spanish Language Coordinator. I am an ACTIVATE Arts Advocate Fellow (LA for the Arts 2016).

School: New Highland Academy

I teach visual arts for K-5th students. We try to support the students where they are, having a mixed practice of Art Integration and TAB approaches.

 

 

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"BA Psych, University of Massachusetts Boston MSW, Boston University AA in Art, Berkeley City College

Jessica Gray

School     Allendale Elementary

 

I am an art educator, activist and multimedia artist who is passionate about the power of art to create a more just society. 

I teach visual arts for TK-5th graders. I take a student-centered approach, embracing curiosity and joy while working to develop flexible, creative thinkers and problem solvers. My curriculum is centered around culturally relevant local contemporary artists. We work across many mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making and collage, in order to expand our definition of what art can be. We also have an after-school art club every Tuesday for 4th/5th graders and every Thursday for 2nd/3rd graders. 

 

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BA Art, Minor in Visual and Performances Arts Education

Elias Hernandez

 I am studio artist that works mainly in drawing, painting, and photography and educator at heart that loves investing time with communities

 

School: Melrose Leadership Academy

 

I am currently a first year bilingual visual art teacher at both Melrose roses campuses teaching 2nd graders through 8th graders. We focus on visual art related practices and give students the tools to explore their mediums in fine arts such as drawing, painting, watercolor, and sculpting/creative writing.

 

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BA, Art, San Francisco State University MA, University of Oregon

Lisa Leal

Born and raised in the East Bay, I am a visual artist and graphic designer. My favorite art mediums are pen & ink, watercolor, watercolor and marker, and acrylic paint. (@msleal_artteacher) I have worked in graphic design both on the client side and on the design side for firms including: Chevron, Nestlé Beverage, Landor and Associates, LeapFrog, Clorox, Clif Bar, Wells Fargo, Ben & Jerry's, Sara Lee, and Frito-Lay. I have also worked for three small Bay Area woman-owned architecture firms doing tenant improvement, residential, multi-family, and senior housing projects.

School: Skyline High School

I teach Graphic Design and Digital Photography to 9-12 grade students.


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BA in Art: Graphic Design, CSU San Bernardino; MA in Learning and Teaching, University of Redlands (Single Subject Teaching Credential - Art); Career Technical Education, University of San Diego (Arts, Media & Entertainment, Manufacturing and Product Development)

Freddy Luque

Who am I? Teacher. Graphic Designer. Movie Enthusiast. Avid TV Watcher. Human Being. What began as simple stick figure drawings during elementary school has now become one of my life’s passions. Throughout my life, both art and education have shared my goal in terms of prospective careers.

School: Roosevelt Middle School

As an art teacher, I helped stimulate the minds of students by delivering the benefits of the arts, either as art education or integrating the arts into other subjects. The responsibility of the teacher goes beyond the textbooks, lectures, or exams; it expands the mind of a student and brings the outside world into the classroom.My core belief is that I am teaching students, not just Art; Art is merely a tool that I use.

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BFA and MA in education

Eldica Miller

Eldica Miller is a professional artist, and an art instructor at OaklandTechnical High School. She is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated with a B.F.A from California College of Art in 1988. She attended Mills College from 1996-98. She graduated with an M.A in education and a teaching credential in 1998 from Mills College.
In 1999, she accepted an art teacher position with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). OUSD placed her at Oakland Technical High School. She teaches drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture to students in the 9-12th grades.

Eldica paints with bold, vibrant colors. Her images are symbolic of her rich African/Caribbean culture. She often uses African and Caribbean images in most of her paintings; such as tropical landscapes/seascapes, African masks/motifs, African drums, Caribbean folk dancers, and the steel drum which is the national musical instrument of Trinidad and Tobago.


School: Oakland Technical High

I teach Art1 and Art2 to students in the 9-12th grades. I teach students from diverse economic and racial backgrounds.

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BS Textiles & Apparel Design, Cornell University; MFA Digital Art/New Media, University of California Santa Cruz; PhD Digital Music Composition, University of California Riverside; Candidate, Visual & Media Art Single Subject Credential

Dr. J no.e Parker

School: Coliseum College Prep Academy

no.e’s multi-modal works form unexpected pathways between visual art, sound, music, science, and technology. Pieces re-contextualize phenomena normally taken for granted to address issues such as pollution and environmental sustainability from a localized perspective, while also suggesting realistic/achievable solutions to global audiences. Works have been featured at SF's Center for New Music, IRCAM (FR), Brazil's National Museum, and Qian Yang Bamboo Museum (CN).

Dr. no.e is head creatrix of the Allendale Elementary CREATIONstation--the school maker space. Students learn to be 21st century problem solvers via visual & media arts, crafts, and STEAM exploration.

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BS Art Education K-12, Marshall University, Huntington WV. MA Digital Learning and Leadership, Lamar University

Rebecca Recco

School: Bret Harte Middle School

Originally from West Virginia, Rebecca has taught all grades from TK-College, and in private, public, and charter schools. Rebecca loves painting, from small watercolors to huge murals.


I teach visual arts for grades 6-8 at Montera Middle School. My program is choice-based, and designed to provide students with the skills needed to grow into the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Arts, Media and Entertainment pathway programs at high schools like Skyline and Oakland Tech. I support students to create art in their own artistic voice, through authentic learning experiences.