Emily Barthel graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in Arts Education. Emily has taught visual arts in Wisconsin, Indiana and Colorado. She loves working with kids and helping them discover creative ways of thinking, expression and art making. Emily has always been an artist and currently uses found materials to create abstract collages. Outside of the art room, she lives an active lifestyle of gardening, running, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends and two dogs, Papio and Fern.