Rebecca Wustrau, Owner/ Certified Instructor
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with a minor in Math and Art. She’s always loved how the right and left brain work together to form amazing ideas within each of us and this type of out of the box thinking enabled her to have a very successful career in engineering, management and project management for the past 20 years. But now as a mother of three, Rebecca believes it is important to focus on educating our children, to share her skills and passions and to serve within our community. Working in the high-tech industry for two decades was dynamic, but during that time Rebecca became increasingly aware of the dramatic need for more creativity-based education for our children. Programs were needed to expand their thinking, build their confidence and strengthen their ability to solve problems. Unfortunately, many of the school systems are moving further away from education in the arts and this is the core of creative thinking. As Rebecca researched different programs for her children, she was immediately drawn to the KidzArt® program, and knew it was the right platform to encourage creative expression and build confidence in our future generation of thinkers. KidzArt® has given Rebecca the career she believes in. It has enabled her to combine her technical background and past experiences with her love of teaching to foster creativity.
Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” KidzArt® is the perfect guide for creative thinking and opening up those imaginations.
Kathy Armus, Curriculum/Training Manager, Certified Instructor
Kathy graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on art education and she holds a Texas Teacher certification. She taught in both Austin and Houston before taking a break to focus on family. During this time, Kathy was involved with Art Volunteers in the Classroom in Round Rock ISD, teaching art history and appreciation to students as a volunteer. She also continued to teach art to adults and children and focused on her own watercolor paintings which she sold for many years. In 2006 Kathy joined the KidzArt Austin team reuniting with her two passions of teaching and art! She is the Curriculum and Training Manager for KidzArt Austin and we could not be more fortunate to have her expertise. Kathy is truly passionate about KidzArt and she enjoys sharing her love of art with students. Her goal is to make sure every student feels pride in their artistic accomplishments and enjoys the class. After all, our number one rule is to “Have Fun!”
Anastasia Fabing, Preschool Specialist, Certified Instructor
Anastasia Fabing studied Fine Art and Advertising Design at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and worked for a number of years as a Designer and Manager. After moving to Austin in 1993, Anastasia made a career in the education field and she has since continued her studies in Early Childhood Education and Development. For the past 20 years, Anastasia has served in a number of education roles as a lead Pre-K Teacher, an Afterschool Counselor, a private Nanny, an Art Instructor and a Spiritual Educator as the Children’s Ministry Director for Unity Center of Positive Prayer.
Currently, she divides her time teaching art in area preschools, working as an Assistant Youth Director at Unity Church of the Hills and teaching KidzArt programs afterschool in area elementary schools and during summer programs. Anastasia has been teaching the KidzArt program since 2003 and we are blessed to have her vast experience and compassion for children. Anastasia’s passion is facilitating art and creative experiences for young children. Anastasia is the mother of one daughter who lives in Leander, who has blessed her with 3 gorgeous “grand sweeties”. They are her heart’s delight!
Susan Slomowitz, Elementary Specialist, Certified Instructor
Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with specializations in Graphic Design, Textile Design and Lithography. Susan worked in the design industry for 15 years and began teaching preschool education and art education in 2004. Susan joined the KidzArt team in 2007 and her creative ideas and passion for teaching have been felt by hundreds of brilliant students. Susan is currently the Elementary Art Teacher at the Austin Jewish Academy, yet she continues to teach KidzArt classes after school due to her love of the program and its proven success in helping students to grow confidently in their art and beyond.
Brie Gainer, Office Manager
Assistant to KidzArt Austin’s “chief engineer”, Brie has over 20 years of administrative support experience and currently holds a position as an Associate Underwriter at a local Workers’ Compensation company. Brie is responsible for assisting with general office functions, social media development and business operations. Brie joined the KidzArt Austin team in 2008 and we are so fortunate to have Brie’s expertise and brilliant ideas keeping our team organized. Like everyone on the KidzArt team, Brie shares a love for art and enjoys supporting local artists and musicians.
“Coming across great music and great artwork is unavoidable here in Austin,” says Brie. “This is amazing because whenever there is a chance to expose my daughter and her friends to art, I take it.”
Aurelia Brogan, Business Development Manager, Certified Instructor
Aurelia has been in Austin for the last 7 years with her husband and two young sons. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Trinity College, and a Master’s Degree in Arts Management and Museum Studies from Regis University. Aurelia enjoyed a career in Marketing, Museum Administration, and Non-Profit Development, before joining the KidzArt Austin team part time in 2009. She continues to create art in her home studio and is dedicated to a lifelong commitment to the arts, her family, and art education.
Dana Nisenfeld, Business Development Associate, Designer, Certified Instructor
Dana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. After owning her own business in which she painted murals, faux finishes, and kids’ furniture for 10 years, Dana decided she was ready to start a family and wanted to be able to stay at home with her son. She wanted to still find a way to engage in her passion for art and kids, so KidzArt was the perfect match.
Blake Bruns, Certified Instructor
Blake is a Texas Certified Art Teacher and holds a BFA in Visual Art Studies as well as a BFA in New Media Art. Blake has taught art at the elementary and high school levels in central Texas and has served as a Camp Counselor, Activity Director and Musician at Camp Sweeney for over 5 years. Blake is passionate about teaching and committed to helping children reach their full artistic potential through self-expression and individual exploration.
Karen Dzilsky, Certified Instructor
Karen is a Texas Certified Art Teacher, Elementary Teacher and School Counselor with 30 years teaching experience. Karen holds a M.Ed. degree in School Counseling as well as a Masters degree in Art and Elementary Education. Through her many years as a teacher and counselor, she learned firsthand that children need art in their lives. Karen retired early from teaching in the public schools but she is passionate about educating our youth and sharing her love of teaching. We are glad to have her as a Certified Instructor on the KidzArt Austin team.
Robin Mace, Certified Instructor
Robin is a Texas Certified Teacher with over 34 years experience teaching at both the elementary and junior high levels. Robin holds a Masters degree in Behavioral Science and is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education and Gifted and Talented Education. While working as a teacher with children of all ages and those with learning challenges and behavioral problems, Robin learned firsthand that art and creative expression in the classroom enables a higher learning and is critical to our children’s development. Robin’s passion for teaching and her love of children is evident when you see her in the classroom. We feel fortunate to have Robin on the KidzArt Austin team.
Cynthia Trevino, Certified Instructor
Cynthia is a Texas certified art teacher with 7 years experience teaching elementary art. She holds a BFA in Visual Art Studies and is currently working on an MFA in Art Education. Cynthia is committed to providing a quality art education for students from diverse populations. She has taught art and yoga for the Afterschool Centers on Education and previously taught for KidzArt Austin during the summer of 2008. We are glad to have her return as a Certified Instructor on the KidzArt Austin team.