My name is Kimberly Popolizio. I am married to my husband Robert and I am a mom of two children ages 12 and 8. My career started as a New York City public school art teacher. For fifteen years I worked with many children in crisis in some of the most underserved communities. My passion for teaching and for helping children led me to discover amazing ways to reach those that have had to face too much in their young lives. Inspired from Eastern Philosophies, I implemented the use of meditation in my lessons to spark mindfulness and self-awareness. After moving to the Hudson Valley, I continued my efforts working with children and families in crisis. I organized volunteer opportunities with children to strengthen their self-worth and social awareness and worked one on one to build life skills and coping strategies. I am trained in trauma, crisis avoidance management, family and community support services and building resilience in children. I have obtained a Masters Degree and a NYS certification in art for grades K-12. I am fingerprinted through DCJS in New York State.
As a parent and teacher, I feel I have an incredible responsibility to answer the call of providing much needed social and emotional learning to our youth of today. I will provide a non-clinical environment that will allow children to disconnect from stress and express inner thoughts using creativity. This will result in children obtaining valuable tools to self-regulate, increase self-awareness, feel empowered, grow and EVOLVE!
I look forward to seeing you in the studio