Meet Our Instructors
Stephanie Schuemann - Art
My love of art started at a very early age. When I first began creating art, it was a very solitary function; just me, a piece of paper and a pencil, but I always enjoyed the process. I remember filling the margins of books and my math papers with horses. My fifth grade teacher was so impressed and delighted with these pictures, that she strongly advised my parents to give me art lessons. For a short while I studied with a French art teacher named Nina Buxton in Bellevue, Washington. Through her instruction I learned the sheer joy of painting and drawing. Soon thereafter, I discovered other media such as water colors, colored pencil, and graphite.
Over the past five decades I have explored art on many different levels. I have had the good fortune to create everything from commissioned portraits, to book illustrations, to large murals. Since the 1990s, I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching art to children of all ages. I’m passionate about sharing the techniques I have learned. I feel Whidbey Island is a creative haven and have made it my home for nearly 20 years and I’m always inspired by its natural beauty.
Barbara Martinez-Griego - Early Childhood
Bárbara Martínez-Griego, M.A., Early Childhood Education Department Chair and Lead Instructor. Barbara’s faculty experience includes teaching child development associate courses in Spanish and English and revising the college ECE degree curriculum to infuse strategies for working effectively with bilingual children and families. Barbara earned her Masters of Arts degree from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont with a focus on the adoption of dual language and bilingual teaching practices in preschool classrooms and with adult learners.
Barbara is currently working on her Doctoral degree at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico with a focus on Language, Literacy and Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogy. Barbara has worked as an elementary school teacher, preschool teacher, head start, ece program administrator, and childcare licensor. Barbara received her Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico State University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.
Esther Beach-Rueb - Ballroom Dancing
Jane Billinghurst - Master Gardener
Michele Cooper - Watercolor
Susan Deschenes - Martial Arts
Lisa Foster - Voice Overs
Julie Guay, MBA - Jewelry
Lois V. Harris - Children's Author
Andy Heiser - Computer and Internet Fundamentals
Edward Hunter - Computer Technology
LeeAnne Krusemark - Home-Based Businesses
Karla Locke - Websites and Blogs
Master Gardeners (multiple presenters)
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work in partnership with WSU Extension to educate the public and enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting sound and sustainable gardening practices to home gardeners.
Liz Moncrief - Fiber Dyeing / Making Natural Body Care Products
Chris Monroe - K9 Nosework
Karen Mullen - Photography
Stephen Murphy - Landscaping/Propagation
Stephen Murphy has a B.A. in Business and a M.B.A. in Labor Relations from the University of Portland, in Oregon. He has volunteered hundreds of hours at Fort Vancouver’s National Historical Site Heritage Garden in Vancouver, Washington. At the Turtle Island Resort in Fuji, Stephen put an unproductive garden back into production to optimize garden utility, trained garden staff and redid the composting operation.
Stephen is a skilled instructor at the Skagit Valley College greenhouse where he provides detailed hands on instruction in plant propagation and landscape design. As a horticulturist, his experience of 15 years is extensive in light pruning, plant propagation, landscaping and composting operations.
David M. Neubeck - Estate Planning 101
Andy Porter - Photography
Rebecca Redshaw - The Joy of Writing
Leiann Ronnestad - Bartending
Leiann Ronnestad has taught bartending and licensing since 2003 at over a dozen community colleges and technical schools throughout Washington. Leiann is a certified instructor through the Washington State Liquor Control Board, a professional bartender and a marketing consultant for distilleries, restaurants and hotels. She also maintains a strong background in business and integrated computer applications, and has previously taught business and marketing classes at several colleges.
Beth Rosenzweig - Homeschool Parent Qualifying Course
Richard Russell - Tiny House Seminars
Alan Sanders - Photography and Computer Technology
Alan has been making photographs since the 70's and teaching photography since the 80's. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and Western Washington University. Having previously owned a commercial photography business specializing in advertising and public relations, he now concentrates on fine art photography. His photographs have been in many group as well as one person shows. He has work in the permanent collections of several museums as well as many private collections. Alan currently teaches workshops at WCC and Skagit Valley College and is a digital imaging specialist at Quicksilver Photo Lab in Bellingham.
ReBecca Shotton - Small Business Workshops
Giuliana Sica - Italian Language
Dinah Steveni - Clay and Oil Painting Instructor
Svetlana Kupriyanova - Russian Language
Svetlana Kupriyanova, born in Novgorod, Russia. Graduated with Honors from Novgorod State University. MA in Linguistics. Washington State Certified Court and Medical interpreter. Experienced in teaching Russian language to foreign students. Maintains cultural connections through travelling to Russia every year. Currently living in Sedro-Woolley, enjoys gardening and oil painting.
Mitzi Szereto - Genre Fiction Instructor
Brandi Taylor - Ballroom Dance
Lin Tucker - Cartooning and Sketching
Eileen Winton - Scrapbooking