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Hartsdale Leadership Team

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Stephanie Freeland | Director

Stephanie Freeland graduated from Concordia College with a BA in English Writing and Literature and from Monmouth University with a MA in Teaching. With over ten years experience in education, sales, and management, Stephanie has found a home at One River School. She enjoys art-making in many forms including drawing, painting, and creative writing. Stephanie is devoted to bringing the arts to all age groups by leading a team of passionate, world-class educators.

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Brooke Garlick | Assistant Director

Brooke Garlick graduated from Susquehanna University with a BA in Psychology and from Montclair State University with a MFA in Studio Art. Brooke’s personal artwork focuses on deconstructing and reframing various interpersonal relationships through mixed media. Brooke has taught art across all age groups and is deeply passionate about art education. Brooke loves working at One River School because it is an engaging environment that allows artists to grow to their full potential.

In-Studio Educators

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Sonja John

Sonja John graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Painting. Drawing from her parents' homelands in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Philippines, her work explores theories of color, geographic and biological bodies, and post-colonial effects on landscape & culture. Sonja has worked with students of all ages in a variety of educational settings and loves working at One River School because it is a collaborative environment where students feel safe to express themselves.

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Paige Monte

Paige Monte graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Animation. Paige does freelance work as an animator, illustrator, and storyboard artist. She also works for various YouTube channels, helping other creators with animation work and creating her own animation and art education videos. Paige is always excited to share her love for the arts and guide students to grow as digital artists and creative thinkers at One River School.

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Damien Torres

Damien Torres graduated from The College Of Westchester with an Associate's Degree in Digital Media and became a certified artist through The Kubert School. He has been working as a professional commercial artist since 2014 and has worked on various comic books and trading cards. He especially enjoys portraying storytelling through art. Working at One River School allows Damien to coach students to find their own creative voice by passing on his own experiences in the arts.

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Sophie Cymone Bolla

Sophie Cymone Bolla graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA and Concentration in Art Education. Sophie is a multimedia artist-educator whose art ranges in concepts and mediums because to her, art is the best way to fully synthesize lived experiences. Sophie enjoys working at One River School because she finds guiding her students to see the world through a creative lens and teaching them about contemporary artists is as rewarding as it is fun.


Join Our Team

Career opportunities at One River School allow passionate artists, educators and lovers of art to share their love and knowledge of art and enhance the lives of people they connect with everyday.