Camp Instructor Bios

Mike Berry, Maker Mania & origami club instructor

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mike recently returned from Albany, New York, where he taught for 10 years at the Free School (an urban alternative school). There, Mike found that origami is a wonderful catalyst to work in other subjects besides art. He has used origami to help teach math, science, cultural/social studies and other subjects. When not working with children at Seattle ReCreative, Mike loves to focus his energy on weight training and exercise, teaching and practicing martial arts (holding a black sash in Jeet Kun Do), teaching origami, and folding paper as his form of art expression.

Emily Ellingsworth, Craft Camp Instructor

Midwest born and raised by a creative reuser, Emily Ellingsworth earned her BA in Fine Arts at Flagler College with minors in Creative Writing and Stained Glass. She received her MFA in Non-Figurative Painting and Drawing from Academy of Art University where she made huge found object mixed-media abstractions and studied fashion illustration, for a non-classical drawing approach.

Emily has built curriculum and taught many forms of art over the years, stressing the importance of environmental awareness/responsibility and community engagement, while encouraging using materials and tools in unconventional ways to make colorful, original works of art.

She has worked at many art centers and organizations including the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Art on Wheels, Stuff Redux Creative Reuse Center, Art 180, Performing Statistics Project, the Richmond Virginia Academy for the Arts, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and many more.

Freshly transplanted in Seattle from Richmond, Virginia, she has hit the ground running, teaching art, facilitating community outreach, and running the upcoming Craft Camp, as well as stepping into the new role as Operations/Materials Manager at Seattle ReCreative.


After 15 years teaching preschool and prekindergarten students Marva decided it was time to shake things up. She started back to school almost 30 years after graduating with her BA in Children's Theater from Central Washington University. Before she was a classroom teacher, Marva worked as an administrator and arts specialist  at Seattle Children's Theater, Studio East, and many other locations in the Seattle area.  In her spare time you can see Marva participating in art parades. Marva has been in 3 Fremont Solstice Parades, 5 Burien Arts-a-Glow , and 2 Buskers in the 'Burg, and the West Seattle Mermaid Parade.She was Seattle ReCreative's first intern before joining the staff.


Gillian is a Seattle-based teaching artist and playwright with 20 years experience specializing in devised work and creative drama. Her favorite classes are those in which new worlds are invented, inspired by the environment and ideas in any room, in any moment. Her original works include The Nut-Brown Girl and Tigery, and Heavens-to-Betsey Get Lost in the Salad Bar (Seattle Public Theater), No Way Out(Live Girls Theater), My Pet and My Dead Pet (14/48 Projects) She also created and developed Youth Theatre Northwest’s Haunted Forest series and Annex Theatre’s Ghosty series.

She is a faculty member of Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School and has served as an artist-in-residence with Book-it All Over!, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Queen Anne Elementary. Gillian holds a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University, but that hasn’t stopped her from skating as “Madeleine Str’angle” with PFM Roller Derby.

Jessica Lord, Creative HeARTs Instructor

Jessica Lord is an early childhood educator with over 15 years experience working with diverse populations of young children and families. Her Reggio-inspired classes are always child-centered, with a strong emphasis on creative process, child development and, of course, good old-fashioned silly fun! In addition to art, Jessica also teaches Nurturing Pathways® Creative Dance and hosts Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds in the community. She lives in Broadview with her husband, Nate, and two young children, Natalie (5) and Theo (1).


Jona is a freelance illustrator and designer who grew up frequenting her local creative reuse shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and still loves any excuse to create and get messy! Jona worked for over 3 years as an arts educator at the Chicago Children's Museum, then provided counseling and art therapy in community mental health agencies for 3 years. She earned her B.F.A. in Film, Photography and Visual Art from Ithaca College and her M.A. in Counseling and Art Therapy from Adler University. Check out her work at!