Teacher Bios

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JoAnn Balingit is Delaware’s former poet laureate and the author of Words for House Story, a 2015 Best Books pick at BeltwayPoetry.com. She’s taught poetry to children and adults in many venues, and reads her work widely. JoAnn has been honored with fellowships from Delaware Division of the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds Masters degrees from the University of California, Irvine and Indiana University, and an EdD from the University of Delaware.

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.

Catherine Houghton has always been both a scientist and artist. After a fulfilling career as a science/STEM educator, she now enjoys pursuing her many artistic interests. Catherine’s 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.

Gilda Jennings has focused on her art— jewelry making and papercrafts—for the past 10 years. She’s taught classes in both at locations throughout Delaware. Gilda has won several awards for her jewelry and other art pieces in various shows. She holds a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania and has earned her Paralegal and Holistic Health Practitioner certificates.

Jason Majewski has been playing the cello since 1982. He has performed with string quartets, cello choirs, studio ensembles, and orchestras. Jason holds a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Miami and a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from Penn State University. He is a member of the American String Teachers Association.

Margarete Noesner received a BFA in Theatre Design (Boston University) and a Certificate in Painting (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.

Rebecca Sullivan is a statistician by trade and former high school teacher. She has studied many types of music and dance since she was seven. Rebecca added Middle Eastern dance, rhythms, and percussion to her repertoire over the last 10 years. Under the stage name Lorelei, she performs Middle Eastern Bellydance and World Music.