Our Teachers

Holly Burnett

Holly is an experienced instructor in the Arts with roots in alternative education and an extensive background in visual and performing arts.  She has studied and taught throughout the United States and Canada.  Since 1995 Holly has taught at various schools, museums, and nature centers within the community.  Holly lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a docent at the Frick Pittsburgh Museum.

Tom Cofran

Tom has more than twenty years experience in cabinetmaking and carpentry — skills first learned from his father, a longtime teacher of woodworking.  A graduate of Tower Hill School and William and Mary, Tom is now a contractor who resides in Landenberg with his wife and two daughters.  When he’s not working on renovations to their older home, he enjoys fly fishing and coaching soccer.

Andrea Comiez

Andrea enjoys teaching a range of students from ages 3-23…and beyond!  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading Education.  She taught 6th grade English/Reading for three years and worked as an elementary Reading Specialist for six.  She also taught undergraduate education classes at the University of Maryland, College Park – her alma mater.  She now works as a teacher at Walnut Grove Coop in Newark, DE and as a Reading Tutor at Gilpin Manor Elementary in Elkton, MD.  She resides in Maryland with her fantabulous husband and son.  She also believes that the Earth without art is just eh.

Kelly Counsellor

Kelly has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood and has been teaching at children first preschool for 16 years.  Her hobbies include crafting, scrapbooking and listening to music.  Kelly is married and has two children ages 20 and 12.  She lives in Smyrna, Delaware.

Lianne Covington

Lianne is a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, New York.  She is studying Textile Design with a minor in Art History.  She recently studied abroad in Paris learning about the fashion houses and current trends. Lianne first became interested in art during kindergarten and attended Art First, Inc. every summer learning from Holly Burnett, Diane Humphrys and Tracey Simmonds.  She graduated from Avon Grove High School where she enjoyed the art programs and her teachers.  In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting, sewing and jewelry.  Some of her hobbies are reading books, hiking, movie nights and making new friends.

Caitlin Daugherty

Caitlin graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Psychology. She is a kindergarten art teacher for Weaver Day School and the Director of Art Education at the Oxford Arts Alliance in Oxford, Pennsylvania. She wishes to contribute to building a substantial art community through her position at Oxford Arts Alliance where she is able to bring art and culture to the little town daily. Along with her director position, she teaches children’s lessons, classes, camps, and clubs.  She is passionate about bringing people together through art and emphasizes the importance of art-making as a fun way to release stress and replace it with inspiration!

Natalie Ferry

Natalie is an 8th grade science teacher who just completed her sixth year of teaching.  As an avid member of her school’s STEM redesign team, she loves incorporating science into art.  She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2006 and University of Delaware in 2010. She graduated from Wilmington University in January of 2017 with her masters in educational leadership. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 year old son, Benjamin, and 9 month old daughter, Scarlett.

Stacie Forman

Stacie is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been teaching zoology, biology and AP biology for 22 years.  She is married to a math teacher who is also the assistant marching band directior and owns a recording studio.  They have two children ages 9 and 11.  Visiting museums, investigating science, and spending time with their two elderly dogs are things they enjoy as a family.

Stacey Hallman

Stacey is a public school art teacher and mother of three.  She enjoys making arts and crafts with people of all ages.  She loves knitting, crocheting, watercolor painting, and figure drawing.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education with a minor in Spanish and Art History from Penn State University, a Master’s equivalency in Art Education from the state of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Teaching English Language Learners from West Chester University.  She has been teaching formally for 12 years in public schools.

Diane Humphrys

Diane is an experienced teacher with a strong background in arts and crafts.  She has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and has taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.  Diane has also taught summer fun programs for young children, dance, environmental science classes with a local nature center, preschool at children first preschool, and has worked in different schools providing school support services.  She has been affiliated with Art First Inc. since 2004 and is now the owner.  She enjoys mixed media collage, fiber arts, experimenting with different media and new techniques, and teaching art programs to all ages.

Colleen Loughlin

Colleen went to Kings College and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  She moved to Delaware in 2007 with her husband from Philadelphia.  They have a   9 year old daughter who is an alumni of children first preschool.  She is currently a Pre 1 classroom teacher at children first preschool during the school year.

Jo-ann Shiley

Jo-ann graduated from Hofstra University in 1999 with a Fine Arts degree.  She went on to get her Art Education Degree from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, and graduated in 2000.  She also has a Master’s in Education from Wilkes University, which was completed in 2006.  She has been teaching for 15 years as an Art Teacher at Avon Grove Elementary School in Pennsylvania.  Jo-ann believes that teaching art to children gives them a chance to realize there are so many ways to accomplish a task.  It opens their minds to think differently and learn how to express themselves.  During her summer break, she enjoys spending most of her time at the beach with her husband and two children, Emma (11) and Ben (9).

Tracey Simmonds

Tracey has a BA in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Education.  She has spent the last eleven years working with children to create learning experiences focusing on science and art.  Currently she is enjoying spending time with her children and is excited to share these experiences with them.  She currently is working in her studio expanding her alcohol ink creations.

Margaret Vidumsky

Margaret has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  She is an experienced teacher who home schooled for eleven years, was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, taught at a local nature center, and is presently teaching 3rd grade at Avon Grove Charter School.  In addition to art, she enjoys gardening, hiking, birding, bicycling and other outdoor activities.  Margaret lives in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania with her husband and pup.

Jocelyn Whitwell

Jocelyn has an Elementary Education degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She has taught 4th-8th Science, Social Studies and Language Arts, was a school Science coordinator, and taught at children first preschool.  Jocelyn lives in Delaware with her family and enjoys crafts, making jewelry and learning new things everyday.

Delma Williamson

Delma is retired but she fills her time working in her church on several committees. She also volunteers at the West Chester Food Cupboard. When she is not volunteering at church or the cupboard, she can be found crafting at her desk or bowling with the ladies from the gym.  Delma lives in Landenberg, Pennsylvania with her husband.

Debby Wilson

Debby has a background in Art History, business and education.  She worked at Winterthur and JPMorgan before earning her teaching certificate. She has taught elementary math and has tutored in reading as well as math. Debby has taught 4 year olds at the Early Learning Center at Hockessin Methodist Church.  Presently she teaches Pre-K at children first pre-school in Hockessin, DE.  She enjoys crafts, sewing, painting, gardening, and being outdoors.  Debby lives in Hockessin with her husband and daughter.

Jen Lex Wojnar

Jen received her BFA in fine metals from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.  She spent five years in the jewelry industry designing, repairing and stringing pearls.  She left the industry to marry and start a family.  Returning to scenic Chester County has brought back her love for painting.  Her paintings and prints can be found in local shops, online, and at the Oxford Arts Alliance juried gift shop in Oxford, Pennsylvania.  Jen currently is an art teacher at CCAC.