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Teacher Bios 

Posted: 1/14/2015 12:00:00 AM

Amber Baker – Amber is a graduate of MSSU with a BS in Art Education. She is a talented anime artist, and enjoys working with clay. Amber has taught Spiva’s Creation Station class, summer camps, anime, and clay classes. In her spare time she enjoys making steampunk jewelry and drawing anime.
Tricia Courtney – Tricia is a Joplin native who paints landscapes and floral works with a style that’s bold and bright with highly textured strokes reminiscent of Van Gogh. She is also the creator of Buzzlewics, a fanciful land filled with fun characters for children. Tricia is an experienced assemblage artist and frequently uses found objects to create elegant works of art. When asked where she finds her inspiration Tricia confesses, “I don't really start with an idea in mind.” Instead, she allows imagination to be her guide in making any art she creates.
Tiffany Kunkler Tiffany studied at Missouri State University, receiving her BFA in Metals and Jewelry in 2007. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2014, studying metal and jewelry arts. She is an emerging artist who has exhibited and competed nationally including in the 2012 America's All Media Exhibition, the 2012 Midwest Jewelers Trade Show, and the 2009 Wichita National.

Jane McCaulley – Art has always been Jane's passion. Jane is retired from 36 years of teaching art in the public schools of Indiana. She has seven years experience with fused glass. Jane loves teaching fused glass and mosaics to young and old. This is her sixth year teaching at Spiva.

Karalee McDonaldKaralee graduated from MSSU with a degree in art education. In her   spare time she loves to paint and do fused glass. She is Spiva's education coordinator, but every chance she gets, she is in the classroom doing what she loves– teaching.
Amber Mintert – Amber is associate professor of art education at MSSU and taught 
at Webb City High School for 10 years and at Crowder College for five. Her credentials include a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education K-12 from MSU, a Masters in Secondary Education from PSU, and an Associates Degree in General Studies from University of Maryland.
Fred Mintert – Fred is starting his 11th year as the Carthage Junior High art teacher. He loves origami, ceramics and drawing, but he gets to do everything as a teacher. Fred and his family live in Webb City, and you might see them zipping around town in Fred's VW bus, "Ginger."
Jordan Murdock Jordan has a passion for creating and sharing art. As a studio art graduate from MSSU, she has studied composition, theory, and drawing techniques with an emphasis in figurative work. She has worked in a large spectrum of mediums, with oil painting being her first and last love in the arts. This is her second year teaching at Spiva.

Mark Neuenschwander One day, Missourian Mark Neuenschwander decided to become a photographer, and since that day, that's been his very favorite thing to do. After years of glorious food service and making lots of mistakes in both art and business, Mark went full time,started 9art photography, and made it his goal to tell stories with his craft to honor the creator who told the very first story of all. Mark tells photographic stories for publications, organizations, families & kids, other artists, and sometimes just for fun. 

Carolyn Trout Carolyn Trout has been creating Ukrainian Easter eggs (Pysanky) since   1978, when her husband gave her a kit for Christmas and she taught herself the art. In 2007, she was honored to represent Missouri in the White House Easter Egg Display,and it was in Washington, D.C., that she met other Pysanky creators for the first time. She says she learned more from her fellow eggers in the half hour while they were waiting for First Lady Laura Bush than she had managed to learn on her own in the preceding three decades. She has attended Pysanky retreats across the United States since then and continues to learn. Carolyn has been retired from her position as director of the Joplin Public Library for eight years.