Jessica Vega, 2014

Major: Art Education, K-12 Certification

“The quality of STAC’s education program has opened amazing opportunities for my school and myself.”

Jessica (Benitez) Vega has spent the last four years as a visual art educator for the New York City Department of Education at the elementary level. In that time, she’s built a strong community amongst the staff and students and received grant opportunities from the Chancellor of Education due to her certification in her area of study. Her time as an undergraduate at STAC prepared her to bring a superior level of instruction to her students.

Jessica received a B.S.Ed in art education with K-12 certification in 2014. While in the program she felt surrounded by dedicated and inspiring art educators who helped her visualize herself in that same light.

“They shared their experiences and how they managed their own classrooms,” said Jessica. “They pushed me to work with local art educators, artists and people in the field that could help support me.”

Jessica made the most of her time as a student at STAC. She served as the student representative to the Curriculum Committee, was named to the dean’s list, and received an academic scholarship.

“The small classroom setting and campus was perfect for me. I was able to build connections with teachers that I still keep in touch with today. STAC made me feel confident to go to work and be successful at the job at hand.”


Picture Captions: (Top) A STAC alumna, Breanna McMullen, who is also an art educator in the city, inspired the wing mural. (Bottom) Students in fourth and fifth grade worked together to create the wall mural in the school inspired by Keith Haring.