Amy Levine ~ Discovery and creative expression go hand in hand. Central to Amy’s teaching is her belief that the Arts are a way to further develop student awareness and sense of self, that it enhances understanding of different disciplines and that it nurtures inventiveness and problem solving skills. Participating in the Arts aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline and cooperation. Furthermore, Art helps students gain necessary tools to understand human experience, adapt to and respect others’ ways of working and thinking, and is a venue to communicate thoughts and ideas. Through the visual arts program at SES, students will have the opportunity to explore many different mediums so each person can discover where they find their most creative forms of expression. Amy teaches students in digital and film photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and mixed media techniques. She finds the intersection of art and the environment invigorating and encourages her students to explore and learn to see the extraordinary that can be found in their surroundings. In addition to year long course offerings, she leads the outdoor photography and art exploration intensive theme classes. Amy received her BA in Fine Arts and Speech Communication at Ithaca College in upstate NY and her MAT from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. After several years’ experience teaching in both public and private school settings in both RI and MN, Amy was delighted to join the SES community in 2004.