Meet our Faculty

  • FernTFern Tavalin, Chair of Art Education Department, Professor
  • is a creative educator who has spoken widely on topics including arts assessment, technology innovation, project‐based learning, primary source investigation, and the development of digital portfolios. From 1995‐2005, she originated and led The WEB Project, an award‐winning initiative that created collaborative online processes for discussion of student work among artists, scholars, teachers and students. Fern received her doctorate from UMASS, Amherst in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving. Her photographs have been included in many juried shows, and in May 2014, Champlain College awarded her an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts for her contributions to the field of education.
  • KellyMC Kelly McConnell, Director of Art Education Outreach, Assistant Professor 
  • is a dynamic artist‐educator with 20 years of teaching experience that ranges from early childhood to college and includes providing professional development for educators. Her work involves collaborative projects with learners of all ages and walks of life, based in a variety of settings. Because of her involvement with community-based projects, MAT candidates are able to explore teaching placements in schools, museums, and community settings. Kelly draws from frameworks such as Reggio Emilia inspired learning, the Studio Habits of Mind, and the equity‐based pedagogy of Paulo Freire. She received an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and just completed a Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from Harvard University.
  • Piper Bolduc, Adjunct Instructor 
  • has taught students of all ages from kindergarten through college. Having recently retired after 37 years of public school art teaching, Piper brings a breadth of practical experience to the program. An active watercolor artist, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine and has had extensive continuing education courses to support curriculum development in the visual arts classroom. Piper is a state trained teacher mentor and trainer of trainers for teachers who seek to become mentors and still serves on the certification team for district RSU 23. In addition to teaching, Piper has won many awards for her artwork, most recently at the Brunswick Sidewalk Art Festival where she received the Best in Show award.

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