Before recently completing a master’s program in Art Education at UT-Austin, Cole taught at leading innovative independent and public schools in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York, including Nueva and Crossroads. In addition to teaching art and photography and serving as an administrative chair of publications, Cole has worked as a freelance arts journalist and designer and photo editor at the L.A. Times. Intrigued by the power of contemporary art to motivate public engagement, while at UT-Austin she worked as a K-12 education fellow and gallery teacher at The Blanton Museum of Art where she designed and implemented curriculum that examines social justice issues through the lens of contemporary art. Cole holds a B.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized study at New York University, where she studied comparative literature and art history, and she studied theater at the University of Paris after graduating from NYU. She is fluent in French and enjoys watching old French movies. Mother to an active and outdoorsy toddler, she volunteers with parent organizations and enjoys hiking with her family at places like Windy Hill. She is obsessed with the dance classes at Uforia in Palo Alto, and can be found there, several times a week, in the back row. Cole’s master’s thesis explores the power of arts programming to amplify social integration and personal life satisfaction within a master-planned community dedicated to the arts. Her practice as a visual artist centers in printmaking and explores utopian ideals and the tension between rootedness and wanderlust. She is delighted to move back to the Bay to join the Pinewood faculty and excited to share her enthusiasm for the visual arts and design with Pinewood students.