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Meet Students & Alumni

If you are thinking about applying to our program and would like to talk with one of our current students or alumni, feel free to email those who have included their contact information below.

Current Students

Alissa's Artwork
French Vanilla: 2016, Woodcut relief print.

Alissa Siepka Alissa Siepka (contact me)

I was instantly drawn to the unique relationship that Tufts has with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, as the program incapsulates all of my passions and academic interests. I loved that the Art Education program provides ample preparation for effective practice in both school and museum settings, as well as opportunities for continued art making.

I graduated from Connecticut College in 2017 with a BA in Human Development, as well as a Studio Art minor and a certificate in Museum Education. Knowing that the Art Education program at Tufts would allow me to pursue my dream of becoming at art educator in just one year, I decided to begin my graduate studies immediately following my time at Connecticut College. My internship experiences at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT solidified my decision to show young people how important art is in their lives.


Jeanie's Student's Artwork
7th grade student documenting her artwork, a social realist oil pastel painting, inspired by artist Jose Clemente Orozco.

Jeanie Chu
M.A.T. in Art Education, 2010

6th-12th Grade Art Teacher, New York City Public School in the South Bronx

The MAT program has had tremendous positive impact to my teaching, work with students, perspective and personal growth. The art education program helped to frame my philosophy in teaching art, development of relevant, multicultural, student-empowering curricula, and engagement in knowing and meeting the needs of students. I left the program prepared to engage critically and authentically with minority, underserved populations, while helping students connect to postmodern and traditional art making in the classroom and those exhibited in the city's museums.

Erica's Student's Artwork

Jesse Greaves, Four Bikes, 2014, Gelatin Silver Print

Erica Frisk
M.A.T. in Art Education, 2013

Photography and Visual Arts teacher at Andover High School, Andover, MA

Attending the Art Education program at Tufts University in affiliation with SMFA was truly a life changing experience. I could not have asked for a better program that seamlessly blended visual art, student centered learning, social justice oriented pedagogy and real world, hands on experience. The knowledge and training imparted in this program has broadened my perspective on arts education and assisted me in creating thoughtful and engaging curriculum that allows my students flourish as artists.

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Lena's Artwork

Beavertail State Park, Jamestown, RI, Silver Gelatin Print, 2009

Lena Isenberg
M.A.T. in Art Education, 2012

Rancho Solano Preparatory School, Scottsdale AZ

The Tufts MAT Art Education program transformed my views and abilities in teaching. As a student in this program, I found that the professors were able to ground their philosophical ideas in real world practices. The skills I learned in curriculum design and teaching practices continue to inform and inspire the ways in which I teach.

Kate's Student's Artwork

Photography III student, a senior at Needham High School Multi-layered exploration of self identity through the combination of multiple exposures.

Kate Laberge
M.A.T. in Art Education, 2013

Photography teacher at Needham High School, Needham, MA

It's an understatement to describe the MAT program at Tufts/SMFA as the most crucial and influential experience that led to me being a good teacher. I feel that the Master's program enabled me to apply for jobs with experience and confidence, and I was able to excel in the workplace because of the comprehensive background and tools I was given through Tufts.

Maya's Artwork
Family Dinner Chahine Plate

Maya Jaafar Lena
M.A.T. in Art Education, 2013

Art Teacher - Scarborough Middle School, Scarborough, Maine.
Adjunct Professor - Department of Arts & Communications, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.

The Tufts M.A.T. Program trains forward-thinking educators by emphasizing professionalism and collaboration, as well as encouraging the development of curriculum that is easily adaptable for a range of ages. As an M.A.T. student of Art Education at Tufts University, I became more confident in my ability to write engaging lessons for a wide range of student interests and abilities. I currently teach 6th graders, 8th graders, and undergraduates, and my training has prepared me to engage these students in creative thinking and art making.

Abby's Artwork
Caribbean Landscape: 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 24

Abby Morgan (contact me)
M.A.T. in Art Education, 2012

Art Teacher, Brophy Elementary School, Framingham, MA

Testimony about MAT program:  I had a couple years of teaching experience before enrolling in the MAT program, and was mostly looking to do the necessary schooling to get certified to teach in public schools.  But the program provided so much more than just a road to certification.  Not only was I encouraged to challenge my understanding of the role of the arts in education, but I gained valuable knowledge and perspective on how to best serve students of all backgrounds and abilities, how to incorporate contemporary technology and skills into my curriculum, and effectively collaborate with my fellow educators.  I cannot recommend this program enough, as it truly enhanced my teaching skills and encouraged and challenged me to grow and continuously evolve as an educator.

Katie's Student's Artwork
Cora Parrish, Grade 11, 2013, "Land of the Unknown," watercolor and colored pencil on paper

Katie Sussman (contact me)
M.A.T. in Art Education, 2013

Art Teacher, Bedford High School

The MAT program at Tufts/SMFA prepared me as much as humanly possible for the interviewing process and my first year of teaching.  I feel lucky to have found a program that strengthened my ability to incorporate student-centered learning, interdisciplinary connections, and social justice into my curricula.  I now feel confident in my implementation of rich, meaningful lessons that challenge my students technically and creatively.

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