Silvia Marinache

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.

Suzana Heeren

Early Childhood Teacher and Educational Director

Suzana is a NYS Certified Teacher with a Master’s Degree in Development Education and Global Learning from the University of London. She has worked with young students in a wide range of educational settings, always with a passion and focus on early learning. Suzana believes young children learn through play, exploration, and hands-on experiences that are meaningful to them. She strives to provide a curriculum that is engaging, child-led, and process based, where experiences are more important than outcomes. She also aims to create a warm, fun and safe classroom environment that encourages creativity, independence and compassion in learners. Suzana believes that early educational experiences are building blocks that play a pivotal role in creating life-long learners. Originally born in Brazil, Suzana has been living in Brooklyn for ten years with her partner and two children.

Amanda Isolini

Early Childhood Teacher and Interim Educational Director

Amanda is a Professionally Certified Teacher with over 12 years of experience. She received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from CUNY Hunter College and her AMI Montessori diploma “Casa de Bambini” from Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR. Amanda believes that children can teach us as much as we teach them! Respect, unity, compassion, and peace all have a place in each of our lives. Amanda has no doubt that modeling and instilling these concepts with our youngest citizens can do wonders for our constantly evolving world. In her free time, Amanda is an avid dancer and lover of all forms of artistic expression.

Liliana Salamone

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.