Instructors


photo Kathy Gendreau

Kathy has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She developed a love of art when asked to volunteer as an art docent in her daughter's Kindergarten class, and she continued her work as a classroom art docent for the next 10 years.  Kathy combined her passion for art and her love of science and engineering to found STEAMboat Studio in February of 2014.  She enjoys working with students of all ages, encouraging them to learn and explore new things and to think creatively.  Kathy is also a long-time Girl Scout volunteer and troop leader; working with children ages 5-18 in a variety of programs and settings.  She is passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and believes that art can be an effective foundation for STEM education, and the basis for creative thinking in all disciplines.

     
photo Beth O'Brien

Beth has been working with children since she was a teenager, beginning as a dance instructor at age 16, and later as a day camp counselor at Lake Wilderness Lodge.  Beth has been a Girl Scout leader for 7 years, and enjoys doing a wide variety of activities, including arts and crafts, with her troop, and with her own children.  Beth studied math and physics at American University, and enjoys helping students learn, discover, and explore with both art and STEM.

     
photo Jennifer Hatters

Jennifer Hatters is a Seattle-based mixed media artist living in Maple Valley. Jennifer's love of found objects led to her recent series of vintage truck doors and hoods along with smaller Assemblage pieces full of what she thinks of as treasure. She recently showed her work at the Bemis Arts Spring Show in the Bemis Building in SODO, Seattle.

In additiona to being a professional, working artist, Jennifer has been a professional nanny for nearly 30 years. She is passionate about teaching art to children because she believes it gives them another voice and an alternate way of expressing themselves and communicating with the world around them.  ​​​​​​Jennifer is the designer and author of "Art Baby – The Vocabulary of Fine Art for Young Children."

Jennifer is currently teaching classes in Assemblage for children and adults, along with many other unique art programs here at Steamboat Studio.   

     
photo Brenda Chrystie

Brenda is a professional artist living and working in Maple Valley Heights. She received a BA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Idaho. Brenda is passionate about teaching drawing, figure drawing and sculpture. Her teaching experience includes college-level art courses and group lessons. Her work can be found in private collections and on the covers of few books and academic journals and was recently awarded the CPRS, Inc. Purchase Award at the 2017 Maple Valley Arts Fest! If she’s not in her studio or out enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest, you may find her teaching art at STEAMboat Studio.

     
  Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

Tiffany Doerr Guerzon has served as an Art Docent at Lake Wilderness Elementary School in Maple Valley for the past 11 years, planning, preparing and teaching art lessons for grades K-5. Tiffany feels that the making of art is an important outlet for creativity and self-expression in the increasingly structured and media-saturated world that today's children inhabit. She enjoys teaching kids of all ages and has worked with children ages 5-17 in various church programs and has also taught dance classes for children and adults. Tiffany has a Bachelor of Science as a Physician Assistant, and previously worked as a PA in family medicine.

     
photo Lyndsay Burley

Lyndsay has been home educating her three children for last twelve years. In 2015, her oldest graduated and went onto a university to study computer science. Lyndsay found STEAMboat Studio's integrated approach to learning paired perfectly with her desire for an alternative learning experience for her own children and she is excited to be working to create opportunities for other homeschooler as well.  The classes taught at STEAMboat Studio are engaging and creative while teaching difficult concepts – something that can be a struggle to create in a home environment.  Lyndsay will be supporting the development and teaching of programming that will bring the underlying philosophy of STEAMboat to the homeschool community.