Holly is the founder of Art First, Inc. and has an extensive background in the arts. She has studied and taught throughout the United States and Canada and has taught at various schools, museums and nature centers within this community. After moving to Pittsburgh, Holly turned Art First over to her friend, Diane, and returns each summer to do what she loves – teach and be with friends. Holly lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Mark, and their two Papillions, Max and George. She works at the Frick Pittsburgh Museum.
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 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 Reading Specialist at The College School in the University of Delaware. She resides in Maryland with her fantabulous husband and son. She also believes that the Earth without art is just “eh”.
Maddy is currently a first year student at West Chester University, majoring in English Secondary Education with a literature concentration, She really enjoys working with children as well as developing their talent and passion for art. She has always dreamed of being a teacher and Art First has made it a passion for her. Maddy loves art and enjoys creating in her free time. She has been a teacher’s assistant at Art First for the last two years and is very excited to be teaching now.
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 had 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 16 years in public schools and this is her 14th year at AGIS.
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.
Tracey has a BA in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Education. She has spent her career working with children to create learning experiences focusing on science and art. After a relocation to the Midwest, she has focused on establishing her studio, teaching workshops, and growing her creative spirit. This year she held her first solo alcohol ink exhibit and was featured in the Ankeny Living Magazine. When not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter and new puppy in central Iowa.
Susie is a rising sophomore at the University of Delaware, majoring in Elementary Teacher Education specializing in a science concentration. She really has a passion for working with children and has dreamed of being a teacher ever since she was young. Susie has always loved art and enjoys drawing and painting in her free time. Susie attended Art First as a student before becoming a teaching assistant and then teacher.
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.
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 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, tutored in reading as well as math, and taught at the Early Learning Center at Hockessin United Methodist Church for 9 years. Debby is presently in her fourth year teaching Pre-K at children first preschool. She enjoys crafts, sewing, painting, gardening and being outdoors. Debby lives in Hockessin with her husband and daughter.
Jennifer Lex Wojnar
Jennifer received her BFA in fine metals from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She spent five years in the jewelry industry until leaving to marry and start a family. Returning home to scenic Chester County has brought back her love for painting. Her paintings can be found in local shops and online. Jennifer currently is an art teacher at CACC and CCAC and this summer will be teaching for the National Gourd Association. One of her paintings won honorable mention in the Cecil County Arts Council’s annual juried show in 2018. Jennifer was their featured artist for February, 2019, holding a solo exhibition in their gallery.