Katie Thiel has been a teacher with the Mill Valley School District since 2007, and has taught at Old Mill, Edna Maguire, and Mill Valley Middle School.
She says art has been a part of her life ever since she can remember.
“Art helped me be present with my feelings and gave me a sense of accomplishment that nothing else could,” she says, adding that she wants to show children the magic and influence that art can have on their lives. “We learn best by engaging physically and emotionally, and art is powerful in that way.”
Katie attended School of the Arts High School in San Francisco (now the “Ruth Asawa School of Art”), where she developed her technical skills. She went on to study Art with an emphasis in Painting at University of California Santa Cruz. It was during her time at UCSC that her eyes opened to the world of art, and she learned to use art as her voice.
Katie keeps busy raising her twin boys, painting, and making mixed media arts and crafts.