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 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.