We are passionate about children's growth through the visual arts.

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Jocelyne
Adkins

Jocelyne Adkins is the Program Director and one of Two 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 21 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

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!

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Samantha
Travis

Sam Travis is an artist inspired by the natural and built environment and sees her art practice as a way to be more present and curious of her surroundings. She recently received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and loved their interdisciplinary program which allowed for exploration across mediums and materials. Sculpture, bookmaking, and ceramics are the processes she is most experienced with. Sam believes that art making is not always about the finished product but can be a healing and exploratory process in which meaning is generated through the act of making. She loves working with children for this reason and is always amazed at the inherent knowledge young people have when provided with the tools to be imaginative and confident. Sam is confident that her work as a Teaching Artist will be a rewarding adventure! Sam also loves reading, traveling by bicycle, and going on walks.

Sana
Jankharia

Born and brought up in India, interdisciplinary artist Sana Jankharia is influenced by her experiences in India and Chicago, living with family and living alone, being a child and being grown. Using the form of games, performances, interactive installations and wearables, through various printmaking, fiber and sculpture processes, she attempts to create shared experiences in a time when there are uncertain limitations to it. Her need for play results in her need to work with children. Sana knows that children, with their boundless creativity and imagination, are going to teach her as much as she is going to teach them, and is enthusiastic to be a part of this exchange. While Sana’s art making and teaching is rooted in her own knowledge and experiences, it is only fruitful when it forms branches to those of everyone else. Sana received her BFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also worked as a Teacher Assistant for two years in the Contemporary Practices Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lastly, Sana is a 3rd degree black belt in Karate, so the children are well protected!

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Siddra
Mufti

Siddra is an artist with degrees in art and design. Her art, at its core, is inspired by the beauty of being constantly in both an abstract and concrete process of taking the world apart and putting it back together. She loves playing with delicately defined but adamantly confident lines. These lines, while easily identifiable in shape and form, interplay effortlessly in materializing a moment that is forever teetering on the brink of logic and whimsical bewilderment! She loves teaching children about art and encouraging self-expression. She is a firm believer in nurturing a child’s ability to imagine and to create without inhibitions. She has an emphatic love for all things old… rich with anecdotes of touch and feel absorbed through the years. She is an ardent Dostoevsky fan. A super fun fact about Siddra is that she has a vintage tin box collection and a Cabinet of Curiosities filled with found objects that have sparked her intrigue over the years!

Kayla
Macedo

Kayla Macedo is a Mexican artist from Chicago finishing her last semester at Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Illustration. Her practice involves drawing digitally and traditionally, painting, jewelry making with clay and punch needling. She inspires those around her not only through her ambitious and playful energy, but through her creativity as well. She loves how inspiring working with children can be because of how mindful and curious they are of their surroundings. Kayla’s passions also include pasta, plants and reading! She is pleased to join By Discovery as a Teaching Assistant.

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Subeen
Park

Subeen is a multi-disciplinary artist who loves to work with printmedia, ceramics and painting. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her practice, Subeen explores visual languages with various mediums to represent an imaginative architectural space and landscape. She has experience teaching English to youth in Korea and this ignited her interest in teaching art. She is excited to interact with students in By Discovery, helping them experiment and to create imaginative artworks. Her hobbies are traveling to scenic places in nature, exploring on foot and drawing in sketchbooks. 

Pamela

Penney

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, including substitute teaching for By Discovery, when she's not spinning and weaving in her studio or out walking her two dogs!

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