photo Brenda Chrystie

Brenda is a professional artist living and working in Maple Valley Heights. She received a BA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Idaho. Brenda is passionate about teaching drawing, figure drawing and sculpture. Her teaching experience includes college-level art courses and group lessons. Her work can be found in private collections and on the covers of few books and academic journals and was recently awarded the CPRS, Inc. Purchase Award at the 2017 Maple Valley Arts Fest! If she’s not in her studio or out enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest, you may find her teaching art at STEAMboat Studio.

photo Heidi DuPuis

Heidi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education for middle school science, and a Master’s in Education with emphasis in high school physics. Her first experience in science education was running the science fair during the years her boys were in elementary school. She currently teaches middle school science for a local homeschool co-op, and loves helping kids of all ages discover answers about how the world around them works. She also believes that learning through hands-on activities is the best way to explore those answers. When the opportunity came to help create and teach the STEAM Academy program, it was a perfect match. When she is not busy with science, she can be found making music, cooking, or occasionally relaxing with a family board game night.

photo Kathy Gendreau

Kathy is the owner and founder of STEAMboat Studio. She has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and has always been passionate about STEM. She developed a love for art when she was asked to volunteer as an art docent in her daughter's Kindergarten class, and she continued her work as a classroom art docent for the next 10 years.  Through her experience, she saw the strong connection between art and the sciences and the value of hands-on learning and creative expression in the learning process. Kathy combined her passion for art and her love of science and engineering to found STEAMboat Studio in February of 2014.  She enjoys working with students of all ages, encouraging them to learn and explore new things and to think creatively.  Kathy is also a long-time Girl Scout volunteer and troop leader. She has over 10 years of experience working with children ages 5-18 in a variety of programs and settings.  

photo Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

Tiffany Doerr Guerzon has served as an Art Docent at Lake Wilderness Elementary School in Maple Valley for the past 11 years, planning, preparing and teaching art lessons for grades K-5. Tiffany feels that the making of art is an important outlet for creativity and self-expression in the increasingly structured and media-saturated world that today's children inhabit. She enjoys teaching kids of all ages and has worked with children ages 5-17 in various church programs and has also taught dance classes for children and adults. Tiffany has a Bachelor of Science as a Physician Assistant, and previously worked as a PA in family medicine.

photo Casey Vreeken

Casey has a Bachelor’s degree in general science and elementary education from Western Washington University. The opportunity to spend a summer volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium and inspire kids to get excited about the wonder of nature and our environment prompted her to pursue science education. She started her teaching career in the Tahoma school district teaching 6th grade science and math and currently tutors a variety of ages in math and is a substitute teacher. Casey’s favorite part of science is how it helps students connect with the world around them and inspires them to be observant, ask questions and overcome challenges. When not teaching she can be found enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family, reading, sewing or working on a home renovation project.