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Our Educators

Along with Education Director, Jennifer Torres, we’re proud to partner with the following local art educators:


Lisa RicciardelliLisa Ricciardelli
Since earning her BFA from UNT in 1999, Lisa has been teaching elementary art in Coppell ISD. In 2008 her passion for arts, culture, and leadership led to being awarded a grant through the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, in addition to recognition as Teacher of the Year. Over the years, Lisa has taught a variety of art workshops for all ages through organizations such as the Crow Museum of Asian Art, Texas and National Art Education Associations, and the Partnership for Arts, Culture, & Education


Rachel MillikenRachel Milliken
A UNT graduate, Rachel Milliken is an elementary art teacher in Coppell where she enjoys spending her days creating with children. Craving a creative outlet of her own, she launched her small business, Cactus Makes Perfect. Her goal is to share her art and inspire others to create along with her. Rachel teaches workshops in the DFW area, is active in the local artisan market community, and is a proud “maker” at The DIME Store in Denton.


Christine MillerChristine Miller
Christine has 45 years of weaving experience, including 30 years of working with wire. Her other areas of expertise include sewing, knitting, crochet, basketry, embroidery, beading, felting, and dyeing. She has been featured in exhibits, taught weaving workshops, and presented at state and national art education conferences. A graduate of UNT with a Master’s from TWU, Christine has been an art educator for the Dallas and Plano school districts for 13 years and shares her creative passion as co-founder of the website, Explore Fiber.


Volta Voloshin-Smith
Volta is a self-proclaimed art and taco evangelist spreading the magic of watercolors to anyone who will listen. Born in the distant Country of Moldova, Volta has found a home in Dallas. Her passion for its vibrant culture and character comes alive in her colorful artwork. Volta started Color Snack Creative Studio as a way to share tips, encourage creative living, and help build the next generation of artists by donating a portion of proceeds to local art education.