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Marybeth Tereszkiewicz

Director of Art Education

Marybeth Tereszkiewicz holds a Master of Education and Credential in Art from San Francisco State University and a BA from the State University of New York. Prior to her current post as the Director, School of Art Education & Teaching Credential Program at the Academy of Art University, Marybeth was the Chairperson of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at ICA High School for 20 years.

Marybeth is passionate about the potential of art education to improve the lives of students, schools and communities. As well as her extensive classroom experience, she has worked to bring the arts to many community organizations, both locally and globally; e.g. School/community Liaison for the San Francisco International Arts Festival and Program Creator/ Director for the ‘Tree of Life Arts Empowerment Camp’ held over two summers 2012-2013 in rural impoverished Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Rachel Shirkey

Associate Director–Online Programs

Rachel utilizes her education and experience in visual arts, education, and project management. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Design Communication from the University of Minnesota, and worked as a project manager at design and brand agencies for several years. Rachel returned to the University of Minnesota to earn a Master of Education degree in Art Education and teaching credential, and has been working in art education since. Prior to joining the Academy, she was a high school visual arts teacher and held positions as a school district Visual Arts and Multimedia Magnet Coordinator.