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FACULTY PROFILE: Teresa Assenzo| Instructor of Visual Arts

Teresa Assenzo Art
  • Director of Visual Arts, Instructor of Visual and Performing Arts 
  • M.F.A, Painting and Drawing, California College of Art 
  • M.A., Psychology/Counseling, Western Michigan University 
  • B.F.A, Drawing and Painting, Kendall College of Art and Design

Teresa Assenzo, Instructor of Visual Art, has been teaching at Saint Mary’s School since 2004.  Graduating from California College of Art with her MFA in drawing and painting, she has taught art in a variety of settings including Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. She has exhibited work nationally as well as locally in group and solo shows. Ms. Assenzo has illustrated three children’s books. In addition to creating and teaching art, Ms. Assenzo is also interested in art and pet therapy. She has presented at the North Carolina Art Education Association as well as the National Association of Independent Schools. 

What do you love about teaching? 
I love helping girls to explore their creativity, tap into unknown talents, and discover their own unique voices. It’s wonderful being a part of their creative journey and seeing the girls develop as artists as well as getting to know them as people. It’s incredibly rewarding, and I feel very thankful to have work that is meaningful and fulfilling. 

What do you most value about teaching at Saint Mary’s as an all girls’ boarding and day school?
We really have a wonderful community at Saint Mary’s.  I value the relationships we develop with the girls and their families.  It’s just incredible to watch them grow into young women and be a part of that transformation. Our girls are very creative, eager to learn, and just so much fun to work with. I’ve also been impressed with the kindness and compassion they show toward one another, our Saint Mary’s community, and the community beyond SMS. I also value my colleagues, all the people that we work with who make up this terrific community. 

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