Who Are We?
We are a collective of like-minded teachers working together toward a common goal. Founders, Adam and Christie, are teachers and parents. They have been teaching children and adults for almost 20 years and are passionate about creating curricula that educates while building confidence, meeting students where they are, and, most importantly, keeping learning natural and fun.
Christie has been teaching arts and music and creating classes in the Atlanta and Decatur, GA areas since 1999. With a degree in psychology, a minor in early childhood education and graduate work in organizational development, she loves building communities of learners by working with talented, compassionate people and helping them bring their passions to others. Christie loves to travel, read, and learn from her daughters. When you can't find her, she may be hiding out trying to finish her first novel.
Adam, originally from Rye Brook, New York and a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, has been playing music in Atlanta since 1996. His natural talents and years of training (since age 6!) and experience shine through in his love of all things music. Adam has brought his enthusiasm and unique spirit to his music students since he turned in his suit and tie and left his management position at Coca-Cola in 1998. Adam loves to travel, geocache and accompany his daughters singing when they will let him.
All teachers are background checked and fingerprinted.
Meet Our Staff
Nancy came to Spunky Arts shortly after graduating from SCAD-Atlanta in 2013 with a major in Sequential Art. Her knowledge of the comic field combined with an enthusiastic interest in her students' storytelling prowess propels the Comics and Character Creation program. She believes everyone and anyone can make comics, and that she is there to help them tell their stories to their readers.
Nancy teaches students preschool through high school. She also moderates the Comics Club programs.
Liz is a textile designer and teacher with a passion for children and building community. Originally from Argentina, Liz has lived and studied in Buenos Aires (University of Buenos Aires), Boston (School of Fashion Design), and New York (Parson's School of Design) before settling in Atlanta. She has been creating and teaching students of all ages for more than 18 years.
Liz teaches Knitting and Textiles, Spanish Immersion, Art in Spanish, Spanish tutoring, and workshops with Spunky Arts.
Cullen is a comic artist, illustrator, and art teacher who specializes in capturing human emotion, quirkiness, and unique details in her stories and characters. As a teacher, she strives to bring out the best in her students by focusing on their individual needs and styles.
She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emory University and a MFA in Sequential Art from SCAD Atlanta. Her artwork has appeared in Action Lab’s “Princeless" series as well as multiple self-published short comics, coloring books, and anthologies. She loves brush pens and warm colors, and she loves to draw empowered girls and unique natural environments.
Maria is a native Spanish speaker and student of the arts at SCAD Atlanta working towards her BFA in documentary photography with a minor in drawing. As an Atlanta resident, she is an admirer of the varied music, arts, and cuisine of the city and its wide range of vibrant cultures and communities.
Maria loves working with children bringing her passion for art and music into Drawing and Spanish immersion classes. Her kind and gentle nature is apparent to all who meet her. Maria can often be found treading through city streets or deep in the woods in search of subjects to photograph. She can also be found assisting our teachers and leading in a variety of classes thanks to her many talents and skills.
Nydia is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Communications. After being a journalist for many years, she stayed at home with her children for 10 years. Later, she became a part-time Spanish adjunct lecturer at Oxford College (Emory University). This experience brought her to work that now reflects her love for children and education.
Nydia works with Spanish Immersion classes and workshops. You may also see her talents as she assists in other classes.
Jorge is an award-nominated artist that has an MFA from SCAD. In addition to teaching and helping to create new classes for Spunky Arts, Jorge also teaches the Comics/Sequential Art summer program for high schoolers at SCAD, co-creates graphic novels, freelances, and is an artist representative at conferences and conventions for Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. Jorge has taught art and drawing to grades K-12. He loves to work with young adults to find their own style and voice.
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