ANGELA LISI

Administrative Director at Woodbridge Art School



Angela Lisi Angela has over 25 years of office and retail management experience. She has a passion for working with children and has chaired various educational councils throughout both The Peel Region and York Catholic School Boards. Angela was awarded the 2004/2005 Volunteer Recognition Award by The City of Vaughan for both her Fundraising and Program Improvement Initiatives within her School Community.

Angela is our Administrative Director at Woodbridge Art School who provides exemplary customer service and secretarial support to the students and their families.





DANIELA ALBANESE

Dip Seneca College
B.A Spec. Hons. York University
B.Ed. Lakehead University
OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers)

Daniela Albanese Daniela is a graduate from Seneca College's Graphic Design program and York University's Art History program. Her passion for the arts has flourished not only towards teaching but into owning her own professional practice in graphic design. She is also a graduate from Lakehead University's Bachelor of Education Program (Primary/Junior divisions). Daniela teaches our Primary, Elementary and Junior classes as well as instructing for our Artist in the School Program.

Beyond teaching at Woodbridge Art School, Daniela volunteers her time in multiple elementary schools across the York Region District SchoolBoard. Daniela has been nurturing creative young minds for years with the belief that the fine arts can encourage and promote positive thinking and freedom of expression. Daniela has a passion to teach young children and dreams of pursuing a career as an elementary school teacher.

Art from Daniela Albanese





JENNY YIN YI

B.F.A Honours York University
Education Program Ottawa University
OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers)

Jenny Yin Yi Jenny Yin Yi has started her teaching journey in 2008, after graduating from York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours program. Her passion for fine arts is reflected in her four years of study in art studio, art history and digital photography. While she has solid foundation on drawing, painting and other traditional mediums, her hobbies are drawing Japanese Manga and photo manipulation.

Her strong desire to teach and share knowledge with others has led her to the graduate education program at Ottawa University, after obtaining her teaching certificate from the University of Western Ontario. As a graduate student, she enjoys critical inquiries for better education and shares her passion for teaching and learning with her colleagues.

As a current OCT, Jenny has over 5 years of teaching experience as an art instructor, a special need camp activity leader, and a volunteer for public schools. In addition, she also has 3 years of experience in supervising and training new teacher candidates, as well as designing and writing curriculum and lesson plans for various grade levels.

Overall, Jenny is a creative thinker, a humorous individual who dedicates her time to foster inspiration, and encourage intrinsic motivation. She ensures that every single student come to enjoy her class and leave with a little bit more knowledge about art.

Art from Jenny Yin Yi





IRVA SARACI

Graduate from the Illustration program at OCAD University
Currently completing her OMA (Ontario Museum Association) Certificate.

Irva enjoys working with an array of traditional mediums - over the past few years the simplicity of ballpoint pen has held a tight grip on her hand! Her enigmatic drawings are often depicting female beauty, and comprised of flowing/precise fine lines with colour accents. Irva has been sharing her passion and knowledge of art with young creative minds for years while working for the City Of Markham/Markham Public Library.

Exhibitions include:


Art from Irva Saraci





MARCELLA CINELLI

Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours York University

Marcella Cinelli Marcella has been a practicing artist for over eight years, and has received extensive training at York University within their Fine Arts program, where she is completing her final year. Throughout this training, she has developed a passion for both painting and drawing – but has worked and explored many other mediums. Her work has been exhibited in shows across Vaughan, including the Vaughan Film Festival.

Marcella has also spent her time volunteering in elementary schools throughout Vaughan, tutoring, and teaching; she has developed a passion for working with children. Marcella’s expertise is in the Primary, Elementary and Junior divisions; but has experience with instructing all age groups. Along with teaching at the Woodbridge Art School, she will be instructing with our Artist in the School Program. In addition to teaching children different art methods and techniques, Marcella hopes to introduce the notion that art is a form of expression that can enhance the mind.

Art from Marcella Cinelli





SARA LAM

B.F.A Spec. Hons. York University
B.Ed. York University
OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers)

Head of Faculty Program/Creative Director at Woodbridge Art School

Sara Lam Sara is a graduate from York University, and received a Specialized Honours Degree in Visual Arts (Studio), primarily focusing her studies in painting, drawing, photography, art history and English literature. She has a keen interest in studying works of art in traditional and contemporary methods and techniques.

Sara also received her Bachelor of Education Degree from York University with concentrated studies in the Intermediate/Senior Divisions focusing her teaching practice in the York Catholic District School Board and York Region District School Board. In addition, she received qualifications (AQ’s) in the Primary/Junior Divisions (JK-Grade 6), Special Education, and English as a Second Language from Queens University.

Sara believes that the arts can definitely help children foster a sense of creativity, imagination, critical-thinking and problem­solving skills. She teaches many of our Secondary, Intermediate, Senior and Portfolio Prep classes at Woodbridge Art School. Sara is also an instructor for our Artist in the School Program. She travels to schools across York Region for the York Catholic District School Board sharing her passion and love for the arts.

Art from Sara Lam





VANESSA IABONI

Hons. B.A., English and History, University of Toronto (Victoria College)
PGDE Secondary, English and History, University of Edinburgh
OCT Certified

Vanessa Iaboni Vanessa attended Woodbridge Art School for seven years before pursuing an honours double major in English Literature and History at the University of Toronto St. George campus, focusing mainly on British literature (Shakespearean and the Romantic era), as well as British, Russian, and Irish history.  As a history student, she learned various artistic movements that were associated with specific periods in history, and how historical events and ideas often inspired various European artists.  An avid traveler, Vanessa has also visited many world-renowned museums and art galleries in England, Scotland, France, and Italy.  Vanessa returned to Woodbridge Art School as an instructor for Elementary, Junior, and Secondary classes before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland.  She received her Professional Graduate Diploma in Education. (OCT Certified-Equivalent)

Vanessa’s art has been shown at the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery and the Historic Wallace House in Woodbridge.  Often inspired by nature and everyday surroundings, she is constantly looking to hone her skills through various artistic mediums.  She is an avid supporter of art education in schools, as she believes it helps children and teenagers express themselves inside and outside the classroom.  She also believes art education instills critical minds in young people, which is why it is needed in the classroom.

Art from Vanessa Iaboni





ISABELLA SILVA

B.F.A Spec. Hons. York University
B.Ed. University of Toronto Student

Isabella Silva Isabella is a graduate of York University, where she received an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Visual Arts (Studio) and minor in History. She focused primarily in drawing, painting and photography where she studied different techniques, image development as well as historical techniques and materials. Isabella volunteers her time at a local high school in York Region where she helps the visual arts department and students from grades 9 to 12 develop their artistic techniques. She helps students with their creative expression and encourages them to use their backgrounds, cultures and experiences as inspiration.

Isabella aspires to be an art teacher, where she will be educating and inspiring young new artists. She believes art is multifaceted and shapes identity, but also teaches one to be critical and creative. Isabella will be attending the University of Toronto in the fall, where she will receive her Bachelor of Education Degree concentrating on the Intermediate/Senior Division.

Art from Isabella Silva





ISABELLA SUPPA

St. Elizabeth Catholic High School Arts Regional Program Student

Teacher Assistant

Isabella Suppa Isabella Suppa is at her final year at St. Elizabeth Catholic High School and is in the Regional Arts Program for Fine Arts. Her experience at the Woodbridge Art School began as a young student, expanded to a student volunteer and she is now very happy to be a teacher assistant.

Isabella was a previous R.A.V.E. award winner for Rising Star in Fine Arts. She is very passionate about art and teaching. Her other interests include playing the piano, studying art history and science. She hopes to continue her love for art in her post-secondary education.

Outside the Woodbridge Art School, Isabella enjoys volunteering for various organizations including SickKids Hospital and teaching piano to young students. Isabella is also currently president of the York Secondary Catholic Presidents' Council where she practices her student leadership. She hopes to continue to share her love for art.

Art from Isabella Suppa