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After School Art Instructors

Sarah Cheek-Toomey is new to the area having moved from Kalamazoo to Empire in the fall of 2017. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education with a minor in Visual Arts from Michigan State University. She has spent the past fifteen years in public education; most recently teaching elementary art while also serving as the Art Coordinator for Kalamazoo Public Schools.  She earned a Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 2007 that enabled her to combine her passions of art education and the environment into her everyday work with children. Sarah looks forward to establishing roots in Leelanau County with her husband and two young children while expanding her personal body of work.

Leah Lawson earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University with honors in Art Education and a minor in Psychology. She is currently teaching Elementary Art and Math Enrichment at Glen Lake Community School. She taught for over ten years in the Kalamazoo area as an Art Instructor and a Teaching Artist. As a teaching artist, she worked with the area schools to incorporate art learning with the common core subjects.

Nancy Miller is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she earned a bachelor of Art Education. She has taught art to children in summer programs at NMC and GAAC. She has helped to develop GAAC’s pottery program at Thoreson Farm. Nancy continues to explore her own creative interests through ceramics and watercolor painting.

Margaret Weeks is a seasoned art educator. She holds a Master Degree in Art Education from Winthrop University in South Carolina. She taught elementary art in Charlotte, North Carolina for eleven years. Since returning to Michigan, Margaret has been a member of the visual arts faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp for five seasons, teaching junior campers printmaking, drawing and painting, and global arts. She is also a guest teacher at The Pathfinder School and the Glen Lake Community Schools.

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