Sunnylee Mowery is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design’s Masters in Art Education with and Emphasis on Special Populations Graduate Program. She has taught for nearly a decade in public, community, and Montessori school settings. She is known for her multi-disciplinary projects and elaborate displays of student artwork. She is a graduate of Tyler School of Art who granted her the 2007 Essie Baron Memorial Award for unusual promise in the field of art education. She has also served as the Director of Art Education with Young Audiences of Western New York, a non-profit arts organization that helps professional artists engage young people in creative learning through the arts.
Sunnylee believes the most exciting place in the world is in the middle of an art room where young artists are making creative choices. She is interested in helping young learners develop the skills they need to “think like an artist” across all disciplines. She thinks kids can learn a lot from being exposed to the lives and work of artists that represent a wide array of backgrounds. Her aim is simple: she wants to create classroom experiences that help students find their inner artist and feel really good about it.
Sunnylee is a true-blue Pennsylvanian, but is a transplant to the city of brotherly love. She grew up on a small farm in Central Pennsylvania where her mother, who is also an artist, helped her develop a love gardening and exploring nature through close observation and botanical drawing. When she moved to Philadelphia to attend Tyler School of Art, she fell in love with the vibrant community and world-class cultural events that the city had to offer.
Sunnylee is living her dream as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia.