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My Education & Experience


In progress

Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
Master's Degree in Art Education

May, 2018

The Community College of Allegheny  County, Pittsburgh, PA
Associate of Science in Art

  • -  Dean lists, 2016, 2017.

  • -  First Place Award in 3D Art, Student Art Show, Allegheny Campus, 2018

  • - Merit Award  for Excellence in Painting, Art Show, Allegheny Campus, 2017

  • -  Merit Award for excellence in 2D Art, Students’ Art Show, Allegheny Campus, 2018

  • -  Graduated with Honors

April, 2015

The University of Pittsburgh, ​​​​​​​​ Pittsburgh, PA

Bachelor of Science in the Applied Developmental Psychology, School of Education

  • - Dean’s lists for the School of Education (February 2015; June 2015)
    - University Scholar in 2014 and 2015
    - Cumulative GPA 4.00
    - Graduated with SUMMA CUM LAUDE

August, 2013

The Community College of Allegheny County,​​​​​​ Pittsburgh, PA

Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development

  • -Served as President of CCAC North Campus Child Development Club - Spring 2013

  • Dean’s lists 5 of 5 semesters

  • Cumulative GPA 4.00

June 1987

Medical Nurses College #2,​​​​​​​​ in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Medical Nurse

  • Anna's first education back in her birth country. 


January, 2019 to present

Art Instructor/ Self-employed

As an artist and experienced educator, I am teaching children individual art lessons ONLINE and at my home studio in Fox Chapel, PA

August, 2019 to August 2022

Lauri Ann West Community Center’s Arts & Enrichment Program

II worked as an art instructor at the Center's after-school arts & enrichment program

with children ages from kindergarten to 6th grade, and as a Summer Camp Lead Teacher for various age groups

and as a POD facilitator during the pandemic of COVID 19, Fall Semester of 2020

October, 2015 to January 2019  

The Carriage House Children’s Center, Inc.                                                   

5604 Solway St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

Teacher’s Assistant in Older Toddler’s classroom.
Teacher in 101 Preschool Classroom (September 2018 - January 2019)

  September 2014  to May 2015

The Western Pennsylvania School for
Blind Children

Pittsburgh, PA
Internship: 600 hours

  • Worked for two semesters as an intern-teacher at Kindergarten/First grade classroom with a group of seven 6- to 7-year-old students with visual impairment and other disabilities.

  • Designed and implemented several activities that were accommodated for the individual students’ abilities and needs. These art related activities were engaging for children and stimulated their vision and development.

February 26, 2013 to May 2, 2013

The Cyert Center for Early Education, 
 CMU, Pittsburgh, PA

Practicum: 120 hours

  • Worked as an intern-teacher at Pre-K/Kindergarten classroom with a group of sixteen 4- to 6-year-old children.

  • Acquired new professional skills while being involved in Center’s Reggio Emilia inspired program.

  • Designed and implemented several art related activities fitting the Center’s program requirements and policies. 

     June 2012 to January 2015

Art Home Teacher for Aline and Gregory Zaretsky,​​​    
Pittsburgh, PA

-Worked with their daughter, Monica from age 5 to 9, four hours a week as a constructive  art teacher.

February 2009 to April 2010

Art Home Teacher for Lyudmila and Alexander Kucherenko,
Pittsburgh, PA

  • Worked with their daughter, Katerina, form age 3 to 5

  • Fostered her development of communication and social skills by using active movements, songs, and creative visual arts and crafts.

Wet Paintbrushes


2-Dimensional: Watercolor (25 years), graphic/drawing (25 Years), oil and acrylic painting, 2-D Design, printmaking: woodcut, monoprint, screen printing, collagraph, drypoint (since 2016)
3-Dimensional: sculpting, plywood sculpture, 3-D design, ceramic slab sculpture, decorative and functional pottery, glazing, salt glazing, salt glaze firing, Potter’s wheel (4 years)

 Parents' Testimonial 

Zaretsky Family

Our daughter (now 12-years old), took classes with Anna since she was 5. Today Monica is skilled in drawing, painting with watercolors or acrylics and in creating beautiful collages from simple materials like colored tissue, paper plates and such. It's all thanks to Anna's patient, enthusiastic and loving classes. 
Gregory and Aline Zaretsky

Woman Painting
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