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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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Tambrie Aiken Humanities
Instructor of Humanities & Social Sciences
Joined Saint Mary's in 2017
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TERESA ASSENZO

Director of Visual Arts, Instructor of Visual and Performing Arts
Joined Saint Mary's in 2004
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KAT BYRD

Instructor of World Languages
Joined Saint Mary's in 2019
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Ann Marie Davis Science

Director of Faculty Learning and Development ​​​​​​
Instructor of Science

Joined Saint Mary's in 2013
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Chris Hoskin Math

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Instructor of Mathematics

Joined Saint Mary's in 2005
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Kyong Lee College Counseling

Associate Director College Counseling
Joined Saint Mary's in 2018
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LAUREN MARQUEZ

Director of Educational Technology and Instructor of Science
Joined Saint Mary's in 2017
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Jennifer Moran Music

Academic Chair,​​​​​​ for Visual and Performing Arts, Instructor of Voice, and Director of Music
Joined Saint Mary's in 2003
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SCOTT ORVIS
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Interim College Counselor
Re-joined Saint Mary's in 2021
(Formerly at Saint Mary's 2006-2018)
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MEREDITH PRIMM

Residential and Student Life Coordinator
Seminar Faculty
Joined Saint Mary's in 2017
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Heather Ramee Seminar

Academic Chair, Seminar Program, and Seminar Instructor
Joined Saint Mary's in 2000
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Stephanie Suski Humanities

Academic Chair, Humanities & Social Sciences and Instructor of Humanities & Social Sciences
Joined Saint Mary's in 1998
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Abby Wahlstrom Seminar

Associate Director of Student/Resident Life, and Seminar Faculty
Joined Saint Mary's in 2007
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Kayla Wyscarver Seminar
Assistant Director of Student/Resident Life
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Joined Saint Mary's in 2018
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