We are passionate about children's growth through the visual arts.
Jocelyne Adkins is the Program Director and one of three Lead Educators for By Discovery. Jocelyne founded By Discovery at Beye School in 2011 to offer students creative, project-based learning in art and nature-based science. She loves working with children and is inspired by their enthusiasm, creativity and endless knowledge. Jocelyne holds a Master of Arts in Art Education degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Saint Mary's College in Indiana. She has 18 years of teaching experience, including preschool through college levels. She loves spending time with family and their dog Luna, exploring nature and creative endeavors. She looks forward to facilitating spectacular creative projects with By Discovery students!
Stacey Grieff has a background in the Arts and in Early Childhood Education. Through her work as a fine art portrait photographer, she discovered a natural ability for connecting with children and a desire to work with them in more impactful ways. Stacey earned her master’s in Early Childhood Education from The Erikson Institute. Here she gained a deep knowledge of child development and research-based instructional practices. Stacey holds a Professional Educator’s License with endorsements in both Special Education and English as a Second Language. She was fortunate to grow up in a family of artists and craftsmen and knows how creating something with your hands can build confidence, expand problem solving skills and fills one’s heart with joy. She believes all children benefit from creative experiences and is excited to create with your children!
Kim Becker. Maker. Kid at heart. Creative spirit. Usually ready to play. Loves inspiring children and drawing inspiration from them. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Kim has traveled and lived in many places, worked many different jobs and spent many years studying art. She currently lives in Oak Park, Illinois. Kim holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Yale School of Art. She runs her own small photography business and teaches with By Discovery. She devotes most of the rest of her time to her family and making random works of art in her spare time.
Maia Gillet is an educator with a passion for learning and exploration through art. She holds a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, and completes her MA in Elementary Education from DePaul University this summer. She has taught in a variety of contexts, including public schools in South Korea and independent schools in the city of Chicago, and completed her student teaching at Irving Elementary in Oak Park, during Shelter In Place. She knows knowledge and art is for everyone, and hopes to open children’s eyes to the beauty, creativity and fun in the world that surrounds them.
Nguyen is a talented Chicago-based illustrator and graphic designer who joined By Discovery for the 2019/2020 school year. He periodically contributes cover illustrations for the Chicago Reader and produces marketing materials for Chicago Children's Theatre and Collaboracion Theatre. He has also produced design materials for The New York Times, Amazon, Forbes Vietnam, Elle and more. Ngyuyen completed his MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. In his free time, he enjoys coaching kids and adults at 3 table tennis clubs (Net & Paddle, Menomonee and Chicago Slam Table Tennis Club). This summer, in addition to his freelance work, Nguyen looks forward to teaching youth via Zoom with By Discovery and the Beverly Art Center.
Kristina is earning her BFA degree at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her connection to By Discovery began 2 years ago as a volunteer, helping to prepare projects and providing project support to students. Kristina was invited to join By Discovery’s staff that following summer as a teaching assistant and has continued in that role, part time, since then. In addition to art making and working with youth, Kristina enjoys screen printing, bookmaking, watching documentaries, traveling and exploring new restaurants.