Kim Falco


Kim has been teaching art for over 9 years at Saints Philip and James School in Saint James, and Saint Edward the Confessor School in Syosset. A resident of Huntington, Kim has earned a B.A. in Studio Art (Concentration in Drawing and Painting) from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Art Education from Long Island University. In 2014, she completed a certificate course through MoMA entitled, Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom. In addition to teaching Pre Kindergarten through 8th grade, she has developed a number of after school clubs and workshops including: Digital Photography, Watercolor Painting, Clay Animation, Filmmaking and Illustration. Kim has also been with The East Williston Creative Arts Program since 2003, where she has taught Jewelry Design, Calligraphy and Fashion Illustration in Saturday morning workshops. Kim finds teaching art to be a great joy! Her teaching philosophy is to nurture the creativity in each child, while developing a sense of appreciation for beauty in the art that surrounds us. Kim is thrilled to be teaching at the Smithtown Township Arts Council!  


Missy Bernstein

Missy Bernstein is a local Smithtown resident and New York State certified Childhood Educator. Missy received her BS in elementary education at SUNY Old Westbury College. She graduated the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Apparel Design with a specialization in current scene trends. She has 3 years experience working with a team of designers for the young and edgy fashion company Rampage. Missy's 3 years of experience working in the design room includes: fashion trend research, print and trim selection, design illustration, draping, pattern making and garment construction. Currently she teaches part time at Edna Louise Elementary School in Port Jefferson.

Jillian Hauck, originally from Wading River, NY, is a recently New York State Certified Art Educator and SUNY New Paltz grad with a degree in Visual Art Education. She has been making art since she was young and has a real passion for teaching art to children. Jillian’s artistic focus is mainly Drawing and Painting of organic shapes and movements such as flowers, trees and water. However, she loves to explore different mediums such as printmaking and photography. She is a new teacher, with a big vision for her future in Education. Along with an Art Education Degree, she also majored in Spanish and studied Abroad for a semester of College in Seville, Spain.

Jillian Hauck 

Krista Biedenbach, originally from Smithtown, is a practicing artist and educator. Since 2012, Krista has been teaching art for students in grades K-8 at a Charter school in Brooklyn. Krista actively creates her own artwork and has shown her prints, mixed media and digital work throughout Long Island. She received her MA in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and BA degrees in Art History and Studio Art from Stony Brook University. Prior to receiving her graduate degree, Krista enjoyed teaching a variety of classes at the Mills Pond House. She is very excited to be back at STAC, ready to guide students in creating fantastic pieces and inspiring children to become lifelong learners of art.


Krista Biedenbach


Lisa Fernandez has been teaching art for 25 years to children of all ages and abilities and currently teaches Drawing and Painting, Pre-A.P. Art, A.P. Art and is the Art & Design Club Advisor at Westbury High School. She is also the District-wide Chair for Art at Westbury and serves on the Executive Board for the Art Supervisors Association (ASA).  Her college degrees include Art Education, Elementary Education and School District Administration. She also attended Parson’s School of Design for two years as an illustration major. In addition to teaching she is also a painter and has been working on a series of still life paintings. Lisa was recently honored with the first place award of excellence in the Reflections exhibit at the Mills Pond House Gallery.

Lisa Fernandez



Irene Paquette Tetrault


Irene is a former Smithtown resident and a 1987 graduate of Smithtown High School East. She went to The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where she majored in Fashion Design and Fashion Illlustration. Graduating in 1991 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Irene worked at Pluzynski Associates Advertising Agency in the city as a Layout Artist after graduation, then moved to Los Angeles and worked as a Production Assistant for Lakeshore Learning Materials toy catalog. Family additions brought her home where Irene started a career as a Senior Artist for a wholesale art production company. In 1999 she decided teaching was her calling and graduated in 2001 from the C.W. Post Art Eduction program with a Masters of Arts and Sciences. An artist for business as well as pleasure, Irene has shown and sold work on the East and West coasts alike, as well as donating several of her water colors for auction to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness (including her bio photo). She's been giving private art lessons to children and adults since 1999. Irene is thrilled to be back teaching at the Smithtown Township Arts Council, returning to teach more Fashion and Watercolor after a six year hiatus to concentrate on raising her children.
Chris Ann Ambery is a painter who works in a wide variety of mediums from watercolor to encaustics. She was born in 1965 and raised in Bayside, New York. She studied Illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York City and continued to study at the Passalaqua School of Drawing and Illustration. Currently she is pursuing an MFA at LIU Post. Although she considers herself a painter she has recently begun working with printmaking focusing on the various etching techniques. Chris Ann’s work is often inspired by life around her whether it is the chaos of spinning twirling rides and the families enjoying them at an amusement park, or a calm spring day at the local beach. The philosophy that Chris Ann embraces is that the joy that one gets from creating art cannot be kept to oneself it is meant to be shared. It is this philosophy that led her to begin teaching drawing, painting, and watercolor classes.

A professional illustrator and fine artist, Amal Karzai has provided numerous illustrations to children's book publishers and editorial publications. Her clients include Tuntun, Barons, My Magic World, The EPublic Co., and she does extensive work for self-publishers. She has taught illustration and basic drawing at the Tamer Institute and given workshops at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is currently completing her Master of Fine Art in Illustration through the Academy of Art University where she has studied under Stephen Player and Cathy Locke. She has participated in several group exhibits and her work resides in several private and one museum collection. Artwork can be viewed at

Amal Karzai