Ms. Soetaert joined the Kirby faculty in 2012 after teaching art for several years in public and independent schools from Santa Cruz to Salinas, including The Children’s Art Center, Calabasas Elementary, San Benancio Middle School, and Tierra Pacifica. She received a B.A. in Art from UCSC and holds two credentials in K-12 education. While raising her three children, she facilitated various creative school projects including collaborative mosaics, community garden activities, and public artwork displays. Ms. Soetaert’s interests in drawing, painting, mixed media, and printmaking (and Bay Area museums, arts, and culture) continually spark ideas for her curriculum.