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School of Art Education

Marybeth Tereszkiewicz

Director, School of Art Education & Teaching Credential Program in the Visual Arts

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 Director of the School of Art Education at Academy of Art University, Marybeth taught Art in San Francisco High Schools for over 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. In 2016, she was invited to present on the topic of Contemporary Art Education at the International Art Forum held in Hainan Province, China.

In 2017, Marybeth was chosen by the California Teaching Commission to be the state’s Lead Assessor for K-12 Art Teaching Credential.

Matthew Sweeney

Associate Director, School of Art Education

Matthew Sweeney received his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, Political Science, and German. His teaching career has spanned a variety of educational environments, including public, charter, and alternative middle and high schools in Vermont and California, where he taught art with a particular interest in utilizing the arts to empower at-risk youth and students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Since joining the faculty of Academy of Art University in 2006, he has also supported students as an Academic Coach and has taught in the School of Art Education since the program began.

Matthew is a strong advocate for art education as our greatest tool for teaching critical thinking and the other skills essential to thrive in the 21st century. He has embraced the spirit of innovation in San Francisco to explore the intersection of technology, art, and teaching through a number of ventures. Beyond his many years integrating technology into his own arts classroom, he served as the Visual Arts Educator for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where he created one of the first interactive museum guide applications, and consults for Bay Area startups in the education technology sector.

Ceana Botts

Administrator & Full-Time Faculty, School of Art Education & Teaching Credential Program

Ceana earned her BA Art Education from the University of Toledo (Ohio), and taught visual art grades 7-12 in Ohio and Michigan. She lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for many years where she painted murals, trompe l’oeil, and faux wall finishes, for corporations, businesses, schools, and private homes as well as created her own paintings.

In 2003, Ceana relocated to the Bay Area, and realized how much she missed teaching, so returned to school. She earned her MA TESL from the University of San Francisco, and had been tutoring and teaching English. Three years ago, she melded her love of language, art, and teaching when she joined the School of Art Education at The Academy of Art University.