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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 the Director, School of Art Education & Teaching Credential Program at 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.

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.

Nicole Jani

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

Nicole Jani is an artist and art educator. She has exhibited in the US and abroad (Thailand, Vietnam, Armenia, Cambodia, etc.) and has been awarded grants for artistic development and to attend residencies (Sustainable Bolivia and the Vermont Studio Center). She has had her work featured in publications including PoV (England) and the Burlington Art Map (Vermont). Nicole has interned for non-profit arts organizations including the Center for Photography and Mount Tremper Arts (both in New York) and works primarily as a painter, photographer, and printmaker.

Nicole has taught at private and public institutions in Vermont, New Hampshire, Thailand, and Taiwan. She is an experienced art educator with a Vermont teaching license currently teaching in the School of Art Education at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.