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Teaching Artists

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Appel Farm is proud to work with a diverse roster of professional teaching artists! We rely on their talents, skills, and passion for teaching to make our programs possible and to help transform the lives of individuals across southern New Jersey. We bring successful and skilled regional artists to our studios at Appel Farm as well as to schools and organizations in a five county area.  Our teaching artists teach artistic technique, enhance social and emotional skills, promote critical thinking and collaboration, and demonstrate how to grow and thrive as an artist. Check out our roster of professional teaching artists below.

If you are a passionate and experienced artist with a love for teaching, we want to hear from you! Appel Farm is always on the lookout for highly-qualified and talented teaching artists to join our roster. Click here for more information about how to become a Teaching Artist for Appel Farm.


Patrick Ahearn

MA and BA in Music Education from Glassboro State College

Patrick Ahearn is a puppet designer, builder and performer. He received his MFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Connecticut. Patrick is a member of the Adjunct Art Faculty at Rowan University where he teaches puppetry. He is the owner/operator of Hob Hollow Studios specializing in puppets, props and mascots for recorded and live events. Past puppet design and performance credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway Theatre of Pitman), The Rocky Horror Puppet Show (Philly Fringe), The Wizard of Oz (New Candlelight Dinner Theatre), Nickelodeon’s Stick Stickly Segments and the Beacon Award winning A Dinosaur’s Day in Trenton for Jones Intercable.


Yann Burrett

Degree from the City College of New York

Born in Belgium and growing up in Paris and London, Yann has been working professionally in theatre since the early ’90s. He graduated from the City College of New York with a Master’s in Theatre Education and has been teaching in New Jersey ever since. He teaches technical theatre, stage management, acting technique, directing, improvisation, dramaturgy and theatre history. He loves computer games, board games, cats, and general geekery. He sounds a little like Mary Poppins.


Kathy Casper

Professional Clay Teaching Artist

As a folk artist, Kathy Casper has been creating with clay for twenty years with hand built tiles, bowls, and mosaics as her focus. She uses stoneware clay with the curda seca technique which uses the process of wax resist to separate areas of color. This style allows her to create tile imagery using glazes in a painterly fashion. As a teaching artist, she works in residence at regional schools and health care facilities where she cooperatively designs, creates and installs tile and mosaic murals. The collaboration with others is a key component to the success of her projects.


Lamont Dixon

Awarded the National Black Author’s Tour ‘s 2014 Philadelphia Black Poetry Honors

Philadelphian Lamont Dixon, aka Napalm Da Bomb, has been a prominent presence on the music/poetry/arts scene for many years. As a poet-performer-teaching artist and mentor to young artists, Lamont demonstrates what he describes as “vibepoetics” – an eclectic mixing of multiple artistic genres to provide dramatic language arts education. His latest book of poetry is “Come Ride My Poems”. In 2007, he released his CD “Pigments of My Imagination”. Napalm performs regularly with his band “The Jazz Poetics”. He received the National Black Author’s Tour ‘s 2014 Philadelphia Black Poetry Honors for “20 years of poetic excellence in the Philadelphia Poetry Circuit and Community.”


Arielle Egan

Degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University

Arielle Egan began cultivating her vocal and acting technique both in the practice room and on the stage at a very young age. Her passion grew as she took on every performance, directing, and teaching experience that came her way. She graduated magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2013. Ms. Egan works as a teaching artist focusing in musical theatre and opera as well as teaching voice lessons and child music classes at music schools in Salem and Gloucester County. She is heavily involved with local theatre both on and off the stage as a performer, musical director, and vocal coach.



Latin Ballroom Specialist

Marck “Flaco” Best’s passion for teaching is only surpassed by his love for dance! Both a performer and a producer, he is best known for Salsa Caliente!(Painted Bride Art Center), which garnished him Philadelphia Magazine’s coveted “Best of Philly” award in 2013. Now in his 17th year with The Mt. Airy Learning Tree, his student and client list includes celebrities such as musician Bobby McFerrin and comedienne Myra J of The Tom Joyner Show. As a Latin Ballroom specialist, Flaco has traveled to teach in Costa Rica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Therése Halscheid

Therése’s latest poetry book Frozen Latitudes (Press 53) received an Eric Hoffer Book Award. Other books include Uncommon Geography, Without Home, Powertalk, and a Greatest Hits chapbook award. Her poetry and essays have appeared in national and international magazines, such as The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Sou’wester, Crab Orchard. Recent contest awards include Welcome Table Press’s Essaying the Body contest. For more than two decades she has traveled widely as an itinerant writer by way of house-sitting and writing residencies. Simplicity connects her to the natural world and has often been the focus of her work. Her photography has appeared in juried shows and chronicles her nomadic lifestyle. A former elementary school teacher, she obtained an MA as a Reading Specialist and MFA in Creative Writing, and now enjoys giving workshops in creative writing to those of all ages. A visiting writer in schools, she also conducts professional development workshops to educators and tailors workshops to meet the needs of each school. She teaches online for Atlantic Cape Community College and elsewhere, and has taught in remote locales such as an Eskimo village in northern Alaska, and the Ural Mountains of Russia.


Anndee Hochman

Recipient of fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Astraea Foundation and the Leeway Foundation

For more than 20 years, Anndee Hochman has helped young and older writers find their voices in poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction. As a teaching artist, she has worked in a variety of settings: school-based and after-school programs, juvenile detention centers and group homes, senior centers and writing conferences. She is the creator of Heart & Craft, a series of writing workshops for adults that take place in Philadelphia and La Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  She also writes the weekly “Parent Trip” column for The Philadelphia Inquirer; her essays and articles appear regularly on, Purple Clover and Broad Street Review. Her work has also been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Ms., Health, Redbook, The New York Times Book Review and other venues. She is the author of two books: Anatomies: A Novella and Stories (Picador USA, 2000) and Everyday Acts & Small Subversions: Women Reinventing Family, Community and Home (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1994).


Jacqualynn Knight

Degree from Boston University

A native of South Jersey, Jacqualynn Knight works out of her studio near downtown Woodbury and focuses most of her work in the Philadelphia region. She is an artist, writer and designer, creating works for galleries and commissions for private, public and non-profit clients. Her work ranges from small ink pieces to large sculptural installations and murals. As a teaching artist, Jacqualynn has worked with children, at-risk youth, teens, adults and seniors. She is a dedicated local volunteer and arts advocate and is the creator of the FAF Coalition in Woodbury, NJ.


Mark Kummer

Two Year Certificate in Animation and Narrative Art from the Joe Kubert School

Mark Kummer is a professional illustrator and designer from Pittsgrove NJ. He is currently the lead illustrator for Cuttoutzz Inc. He has over 20 years’ experience as a freelance Artist, working in variety of areas from television story-boarding to commercial animation. For the last several years his primary area of focus has been in children’s picture books and has illustrated dozens of published titles. He’s studied drawing, painting, and computer animation at Gloucester County, Camden County, and Rutgers University respectively. He is experienced in a wide variety of illustration and animation techniques and many creative & design programs.


Myrhanda McDaniels

BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA

Motivational advocate, choreographer, model, dance instructor and aspiring artist Myrhanda R. McDaniels is from Baltimore, MD. Ms. McDaniels understands the importance of utilizing the gifts that God has birthed in her as a form of ministry. She also is a recent 2013 Alum of AMTC, Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ, where she has had the privilege of working with industry professionals such as Brandin Jay, Derek Morgan, David Elliot and Renee Chambers Liciaga, just to name a few, who serve as coaches for the organization. She has had the privilege of working with many artists sharing the stage with Sheryl Lee Ralph, Carol Riddick, Treena Ferebee, Keke Wyatt, and Vivian Green. She has modeled for Paul Mitchell, Carmelita Couture, and Liliam Akom Akore. She has appeared in the 2000 issue of Baltimore Magazine as a lifestyle model as well as a model extra for upcoming performing artist Luis Vega.


Michele Norton

Michele is a graduate of Whitesville Central School, Whitesville, NY and holds an AS Degree in Photography from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY with a minor in fine arts. Michele has spent the past 25 years preparing graphics for the print media world and diligently practices her photo shooting skills. She also designs beautiful jewelry and pottery and teaches young and old alike the skills she has gathered over the years. It makes her happy to create and be productive and hopes to continue for many years to come. And lives by the motto: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Bonnie Saporetti

Degree from Drexel University

Bonnie Saporetti received her Bachelors in Photography in 2014 and has been a part of the Appel Farm Arts Camp every summer since. She has gone from a photography instructor to documentarian to head of the photography department, as well as teaching workshops throughout the year. Along with teaching photography, Bonnie also has experience working in art galleries, classroom spaces, as well as freelance work photographing weddings and portraits.


Gail Scuderi

BFA Ceramics, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Gail’s teaching experience includes the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Allen’s Lane Art Center, as well as a classroom art teacher. She is currently a teaching artist for the NJ Council on the Arts. She has exhibited in NYC and the Philadelphia region. She has taught art classes at Appel Farm since 2010, including, nature weaving, multidisciplinary, origami and 2D art. Visit Gail’s blog.


Donna Semola

BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA

In addition to teaching ceramics and pottery at Appel Farm, Donna has also taught at the Clay College of Cumberland County College in Millville, NJ. Donna has been creating functional pottery and selling her pieces for over 20 years. She has taught art classes at Appel Farm since 2011 with a large focus on clay workshops.


Nicole Shanté

BA in Poetry at Georgia State University

Nicole Shanté hates wearing shoes, loves pancakes with crispy edges, and is still trying to figure out when a handshake is more appropriate than a hug. Instead of fulfilling her kindergarten dream of being the voice-over for read-a-long cassette tapes, she uses her BA in Poetry to excel as a teaching artist. She is also a Poets House Emerging Artist Fellow and contributing writer for Sula Collective, an online magazine for and by people of colo(u)r. Nicole currently resides in Brooklyn, where she enjoys eating dollar pizza and watching people fall asleep on the subway. Her debut collection of poems was released in 2013 under the title “for the necks my hips have broken.” She is currently distributing “The Layover,” a limited edition chapbook, at her live performances. You may view examples of her work at


Tucker Stouch

Moore College of Arts & Design

After graduating college, Tucker worked as a graphic designer and art director before discovering her love for craft design and teaching. She has taught people of all ages and has worked extensively with people with disabilities. She currently sells her artwork at the West End Garage, Cape May and The Mullica Hill Art Center, Mullica Hill. She has taught art classes at Appel Farm since 2013, including landscape, paper weaving and watercolor workshops. To see more of her work, visit her website.


Emily Sung

Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Westminster Choir College

Emily Sung is a singer and choral conductor based in Philadelphia. A versatile teacher and musician, Sung takes special interest in programs that are devoted to community-building and that explore the intersections between music, culture, and history. Sung serves as the choir manager and conductor at Christ Church, Philadelphia, and the conducting assistant to the Mendelssohn Club and the Philadelphia Voices of Pride.

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