CONNECT THROUGH LEARNING
CREATIVELY ENTER THEIR WORLD
NURTURE THEIR GROWTH
Michelle Laytner, M.A. in Arts Education, founded The Studio Garden because she believes every child should know that each day is an adventure; that they are an explorer of their outer and inner worlds; and that the tools of paint, musical instruments, and materials from nature are their gateways to unlock their unbridled potential. In her previous work with youth, Michelle founded a youth theater company and also came to work at Sesame Street (which she affectionately refers to as ‘The Mother Ship’) where she focused on the power of art to promote reconciliation through the special series for Northern Ireland and the Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian co-production.
Kia Woods, Director. B.S., Elementary Education; M.A., Expressive Arts Therapy; Curriculum Designer, Music Educator and Resouce Teacher. Kia is an educator with over thirty years working with infant, toddler, preschool, elementary school, adolescent and adult education programs. Her focus has always been on creative potential, personal development and artistic expression. She is the author of Art & Soul, a training course on creativity.
Elizabeth Yoder, PhD, has taught piano and voice to children and adults privately and through music schools for over 15 years. Since becoming a mother, she has become even more fascinated with the influence of music on children and their education. Elizabeth believes that an understanding of one’s potential in music can lead to greater understanding of one’s potential in other areas of life. Alongside her teaching schedule, Dr. Yoder maintains an active performance schedule, which allows her the chance to provide a fresh perspective for her students. Elizabeth continually learns from her students and is thrilled to pass along new ways to enjoy music.