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!
With seven years of experience as a STEAM educator, Heath has a desire to inspire children to love learning. Committed to stoking curiosity and creativity, Heath has experience teaching in after school programs at Holmes, Longfellow, and Lincoln schools. He worked at Code Play Learn for 5 years as teacher and assistant manager. Heath has also worked with the Oak Park Arts District Summer Camp and has worked individually with children as a math & science tutor.
When he isn’t teaching children, Heath loves reading and studying a diverse range of topics, including history, philosophy and science. He also enjoys listening to podcasts on current events, politics and history.
Sally Cho is a Korean artist who lives and works in Chicago, IL. She earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sally’s practice involves painting and drawing and more recently writing and screen printing. In the past, she has worked as a teaching assistant for a Korean Language Program at Clarksburg Elementary School. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for the Early College Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sally loves working closely with students of all ages, especially children. She is inspired by the infinite creativity and curiosity of children. She is passionate about exploring the ways art making can be used to encourage their positive growth. She loves coffee, cooking, and reading books!
Sabriah Abdul-Wahid is a recent undergraduate alumna from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in mixed media painting. She began her university experience learning child development philosophy studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has always held a passion for children feeling heard and building curiosity and respect for themselves. She loves taking pictures of her sassy cat Naomi, chatting with new artists around town, and ordering local takeout!
Pamela Penney is a textile and mixed media artist who has enjoyed teaching children and adults for the past 25 years. Through the Oak Park Education Foundation, she has taught in the Art Start program for D97 schools and OPEF's Summer BASE Camp. Pam also sits on the Board for the Oak Park Art League and currently teaches adult and children's programs there. Prior to this, Pam had a studio gallery in the Oak Park Arts District and was the Director of the Arts District Kids Camp for many years. In addition, she taught after school art programs through the O.P. Park District. Pam raised two children who are now adults. She continues to enjoy the company of working creatively with kids when she's not spinning and weaving in her studio or out walking her two dogs!
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 joined By Discovery in 2019 as a TA, Teacher, and Community Project Collaborator. She loves spending time with family and making random works of art in her spare time. Kim looks forward to future community collaborations with By Discovery!