Director and Founder
Silvia opened Kids’ Canvas in 2009 while searching for a fun social environment for her daughter. She noticed a lack of appropriate child care options in her own neighborhood, Bushwick and decided to offer arts classes to local kids. She offers visual and performing arts opportunities for kids in a setting that promotes learning, fun and healthy social interaction. Silvia holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and has completed graduate courses in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College and Executive Education courses at Harvard Business School. She is also a founding member of the Bushwick Food Cooperative. Her two children both attended Kids’ Canvas.
Assistant Director and Theater Teacher
Robert Greene has B.A in Drama Education from South Carolina State University and a M.F.A from the University of Louisville. He has been an educator for over 10 years and during this time has taught students of all ages, from Daycare to College. He is the former Chair of Drama for Sacred Heart School for Arts, where he started a community outreach program called Improv for Education. The program captured Robert’s vision of using Improv as a means to create social awareness in at risk students in order to strengthen community development. Outside of education Robert is a working actor and a proud member of The Indicators, an improv comedy troupe. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and the African-American Theatre Program. His education motto is “ the world is a classroom and experience is our best teacher”. Robert has been at Kids’ Canvas since 2010.
Educational Director and Classroom Teacher
Craig has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from New York University. Before making his way to Kids’ Canvas, he spent the previous 17 years teaching Kindergarten and PreK at progressive private schools in Manhattan. He is a musician and animator and enjoys developing children’s apps in his spare time. Craig was a Fred Rogers Early Career Fellow, a contributing author to the Speakaboos Preschool reading app, and an Educational Consultant on the PBS Preschool TV Show Space Racers.
Garden and Early Childhood Teacher
Chloe has a B.A. in Sociology from Stony Brook University and is attending Hunter College for a M.A. in Early Childhood Education. Chloe has worked as an educator in varied settings, from mentoring youth writers to gardening and caring for animals as an educator on a farm. From these experiences, she brings us a love of the natural world which she integrates into all aspects of the curriculum. She brings gardening and greenery into our classroom to foster creativity and confidence in our students. Chloe’s favorite activity as an educator is planting in and caring for our garden with her students. Chloe has been at Kids’ Canvas since 2015.
Art and Classroom Teacher
Marissa Crider has a BFA from the State University of Purchase where she studied painting and drawing. For the last few years she had been working as a pottery instructor at a school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, for both children and adults while also working as a preschool art teacher at a music and art focused school in Manhattan. It was at this preschool she felt her calling in teaching this age group. Her philosophy on creating projects is to take lead from the children: “I find the way children see, feel, and manipulate material inspiring. I want my role as their teacher to be fostering natural talents and imagination and increasing wonder about the possibilities of art.” Marissa is also a Reiki healing practitioner. She has found Reiki to help in her ability to connect empathetically with the children.
Spanish and Classroom Teacher
Lily is a native Spanish speaker from Colombia. She introduces children to the Spanish language through reading and songs. Lily has a degree in Respiratory Therapy and is a mother of two children who attended Kids’ Canvas in their preschool years.
Early Childhood Teacher
Amanda has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Nyack College and has been working as a preschool teacher, in both public and private schools, since 2010. Throughout her career, she has also been involved in various other projects within the field. She has served as a UPK Evaluator for the NYCDOE and a facilitator in a research study looking into the impact of early math instruction with Bank Street College of Education, where Amanda has also completed some graduate coursework. She was born and raised in Ecuador, is fluent in Spanish, and has a love for learning, which she hopes to inspire in all of the children she works with.