St. Michael's Academy

Inspired Minds

Faith-Filled Hearts

Tomorrow's Leaders



BFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School at the

University of Hartford

Art Education Initial Licencing Program at Westfield State University

Professional Licensure Visual Arts Prek-8, and 5-12

Grade and Subjects Taught

Preschool to Grade 8 Art

My Mission

This is my first year here at SMA, previous to this I have taught in public school from an art cart for over 10 years. I am so glad that I have a wonderful space in a beautiful school to be able to inspire students to be creative and to explore art in a whole new way. My art lessons are always rooted in bringing out what inspires me and what inspires my students, through exploration of media, tools, methods, and techniques all students can be artists. They can use what inspires them to make art, to build, shape and create all that they can dream up. My goal as their teacher is to get to know my students and tailor lessons to bring out the best in all of them. All people have the abilities to use art in their daily lives, but somehow it gets lost along the way, my job here is to make sure that students find a place in the arts where they can flourish, succeed and to build confidence in their artistic abilities. My mission is to inspire others, and being an art teacher makes that possible and I have a large audience of amazing kids motivated to do their best. 

Mrs. Alves