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 and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
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.
Kelly has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently back in school to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education/Special Education. She has been teaching at children first preschool for 18 years. Her hobbies include crafting, scrapbooking and listening to music. Kelly is married and has two daughters, ages 22 and 14. Kelly lives in Smyrna, Delaware.
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, Psychology, and Ethics and Sustainability. She has studied abroad in Paris to learn about the design houses and current trends and is now an intern at Wearbest, Bella Dura. 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 weaving, sewing and jewelry. Some of her hobbies are reading books, hiking, movie nights and making new friends.
Natalie is an 8th grade science teacher who just completed her eighth 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, 4 year old son, Benjamin, and 2 year old daughter, Scarlett.
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 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 11 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.
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 saw her work traveling into private collections in England, Germany, and Australia, along with private collectors here in the United States. 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 kids 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 and over the past several years has helped as a teaching assistant. This year she is excited to be teaching her own classes!
Rachel is an art student at the University of Delaware. She hopes to study graphic design under the competitive major, Visual Communications. Rachel is currently completing the core program at UD where she studies fine arts such as paint, photography, printmaking, and typography. Rachel plans to become either a photographer, graphic designer, art director or art teacher one day. In her free time she has volunteered and taught several afterschool art classes at Downes Elementary School and Art First, Inc. and loves coming up with fresh and new ideas for crafts and projects.
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.
Allison, a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting, lives in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania, with her active family and extremely active yellow lab, Quint. With a background in retail fine art sales, gallery and event management, Allison thrives when surrounded by the arts. As a second season instructor to Art First, she is excited to get students creative minds rolling.
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 third 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 is their featured artist for February, 2019, holding a solo exhibition in their gallery.