Carissa Schlesinger attended college at Montclair State University in NJ, where her dream was to be an art educator and work with children of all ages. However, she discovered her passion for textile design and structure while studying the many different forms of art. This led her to change her course of study and become a weaving major. After graduating as a designer, she worked in a textile mill, where her job was to create woven fabric designs for hospitals, offices, and public spaces. Over the next few years, she began to yearn for her original dream – to teach art to children. She decided to go back to school full time, and earn her master’s degree in art education at Kean University in NJ. It is important to her to be a role model for her family and stay active in local organizations, such as museums, community art programs, and charities that she is passionate about. Her goal as a creative educator is to help students reach their inner creativity by experimenting with new art materials and techniques in a non-judgmental environment.