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Rachel Simko

Art Teacher/Mentor

After completing her foundation year at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Rachel transferred to MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD where she graduated Cum Laude in 2006 with her Bachelors of Fine Arts and a major in Illustration. In the years immediately following college she worked as a Freelance Artist and Designer, spent time at a ceramics studio, a professional framing company, and eventually became a Lead Teacher at a private studio in Bethesda, MD. Throughout these experiences Rachel was always seeking ways to serve others, including teaching art classes at a local women’s shelter and organizing a fundraiser art show to help fund relief after the 2010, BP Oil Spill.

In 2011 Rachel joined a mission organization, packed up her belongings and her cat, Samson, and moved to Quito, Ecuador. While there she traveled between cities and communities and served as a ministry site coordinator, organized and taught arts and crafting classes in low income rural and urban communities, offered after school art clubs, painted community murals, and tutored at risk and former street youths (and also learned Spanish.)

Five years later she and Samson returned to the DC area and in August 2017 was very excited to be invited to join the Tysons Fusion Academy team! Rachel loves all forms and methods of art and especially enjoys learning new techniques and skills, experimenting with new materials and helping others to discover and embrace their personal and unique creative voice. When she’s not making things she spends her time writing, reading, being outdoors, running, biking, learning about astronomy and science, following politics, hanging with friends, and a billion other things there isn’t space for…

 

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