Art Education PhD Candidate
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Lauren Stetz is a Ph.D. candidate in Art Education. A Penn State Alumna, Lauren graduated in 2006 with a degree in Art Education (Museums and Cultural Institutions and Schools Options) and a minor in Art History. An experienced educator, Lauren has worked with racially, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse populations, including students with special needs. Lauren has taught a broad range of learners, from preschool to college-aged. From 2006 to 2012, Lauren was employed as a secondary art teacher in Fairfax County Public schools. During her time in Northern Virginia schools, Lauren served as Fine Arts Department Chair, mentored student teachers, and collaborated with an Arts Instructional Team to develop a county-wide arts curriculum. Courses she taught included 3-D Art, Computer Graphics, Introduction to Art, Intermediate Art and Journalism. Lauren graduated with an MA in Art History from George Mason University in 2012 with an emphasis on Latin American Art. Following graduation, she taught the "History of Western Art: Prehistoric to 14th Century Italy" at the College of Southern Maryland. In 2016, Lauren joined the world of early childhood education, serving as a pre-k teacher at Temple Sinai Nursery School, a NAEYC accredited and Reggio-Inspired Jewish preschool in Washington DC. Lauren's research explores the living curriculum that is nurtured through the relationship between parents and children within the home and in anomalous places of learning. Through feminist epistemologies, her work decolonizes notions of family, focusing on international households, homes with unique family structures, and those in which violence has occurred.