Teacher Bios

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Belinda Bair, a high school English teacher in Cecil County for 33 years, is a member of the Maryland Writing Project, teacher mentor, home school tutor, camp arts and crafts director, and the NAA’s volunteer coordinator.

Karen Berstler graduated from Kutztown University with a BFA and is a Signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Karen is a watercolor artist who has shown in the mid-Atlantic region for the past 8 years.

Dennis Lawson has an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Camden, an MA in English from the University of Delaware, and a BA in English from the University of Connecticut. He is an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University.

Catherine Houghton has always been both a scientist and artist. After a fulfilling career as a science/STEM educator, Catherine is now enjoying time to pursue her many artistic interests. Her most recent passion involves creating with alcohol inks on a variety of surfaces including yupo, metal, fabrics and glass. She delights in the unpredictable ways the inks move and merge to create vibrant colors and patterns. Catherine creates in her cottage in North East, Maryland where she lives with her dog trainer husband and puppy Piper.

Jamie McAllister loves arts and crafts. With 20 plus years of crafting, she loves learning about, teaching, and experimenting with all areas of art. She loves working with her kids on projects for the holidays, as gifts, or just cause. She enjoys incorporating nature and science with her projects. Jamie has a BA in Business Management.

Margarete Noesner received a BFA in Theatre Design (Boston University) and a Certificate in Painting (PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts). She is an interior designer, artist, and Feng Shui consultant and has taught classes in Rhode Island, Philadelphia, and Delaware.

Leslie Tucker has been crocheting for over 30 years. She is the owner of Surprise Designer located in Newark, Delaware. She designs beautiful and affordable crochet pieces. Many of Leslie’s designs have walked the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards and the Prime Time Emmy’s. Leslie has been teaching crochet since 2002. She loves working with students to create new and exciting designs. Leslie is also available for mentoring and speaking engagements.