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Marybeth Tereszkiewicz
Marybeth Tereszkiewicz
Director

Marybeth Tereszkiewicz holds a Master of Education from San Francisco State University and a BA in Political Science 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 Immaculate Conception Academy High School for more than 25 years. In her previous post, she taught visual art, AP art, and dance to high school students and was a member of the school-wide curriculum council. She also was a two-time member of the school's WASC team.

Marybeth has also performed as a professional dancer for over 20 years and dance remains the core of her creations. She is a modern renaissance woman: visual artist, dancer, actor, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and teacher of both visual and performing arts.

Marybeth is the co-creator of the Tree of Life Arts Empowerment Camp in South Africa which was held over two summers in 2012 and 2013. She is also an educational liaison with the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Additionally, she has helped to develop MAPS, a corporate work study summer program that helps incoming freshman high school students. She has also helped to develop the California framework for arts education.

Rachel Shirkey
Rachel Shirkey
Online Program Manager

As the Online Program Manager for the School of Art Education at Academy of Art University, Rachel Shirkey 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 then worked as a project manager at design and brand agencies for several years. Rachel returned to the University of Minnesota and earned 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, teaching all areas of fine arts and computer arts, for eight years. She also held positions as a school district Visual Arts and Multimedia Magnet Coordinator.

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