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Julie Rogers
Director

We should live every day believing there is a chance that a beautiful piece of art has the power to bring people together.  No matter our culture or background, we all have human experiences.  Teaching has blessed me with the opportunity to share and create these “human experiences”  for the past 16 years at a private school, and now here at One River School.
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Maeve Collins
Assistant Director

Maeve Collins is a graduate from American University where she received her Bachelors degree in Art History. She has always been very passionate about art education because of the positive impact it has on people’s lives. Art helps us with creativity, self-expression, relaxation, and critical thinking. As a Bergen County native, One River School combines her love of art with her love for this area. She feels that it is so rewarding to be part of such a fun and engaging community and to watch students grow as artists.

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Julian Tejera
Art Instructor

Julian Tejera received his Bachelor in illustration from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and his Masters in Fine Art Painting at the Academy of Art University. He continues to explore various mediums within representational drawing and painting, but never losing his focus on the emotional presence of the figure. Since 2009 Julian has taught at various schools and art centers, sharing with people his love of the creative process. One River’s unique approach to art education gives individuals the opportunity to experiment conceptually and technically, thus nurturing a creative, curious spirit in all their students. 
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Willa Hut
Art Instructor

Willa Hut graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History, and a minor in Philosophy. She is a painter and collage artist who has taught art in diverse settings including museums, a high school in Rome, and now One River School. Willa has always enjoyed working with children and in community settings. As president of Dickinson’s Arts Collective, she organized art workshops, juried exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, and service projects for the college and greater community. She has experienced firsthand the power of art to enrich communities, first as a student and more recently as a resident of South Orange, NJ where she is active in cultural events.

Willa enthusiastically supports One River’s mission to bring quality art education to suburbs nationwide. As a studio art instructor, she has observed how hands-on artistic projects feed creative impulses in children and offer an important emotional outlet for teens; and she enjoys facilitating these exploratory processes for her students. 

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Michael DeBrito
Art Instructor

I enjoy painting but always love to explore new mediums and push my work in new directions. Teaching has been my way of giving back my knowledge and experience. What I enjoy most about One River School is that it allows students to explore their creativity while being amongst others who share the same passion and interests.

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Nicole Cohen
Art Instructor

Nicole is a video artist with a background in painting and drawing. Her focus is the history of interiors. She inserts performers into vintage interior design magazines and works with perspective and color. She received her MFA from the University of Southern California and her BA from Hampshire College. She has been teaching for over 15 years.

Career Opportunities for Artist, Educators and Art Lovers

Career opportunities at One River School allow passionate artists, educators and lovers of art to share their love and knowledge of art and enhance the lives of people they connect with everyday.

Together we can transform communities by opening our space and sharing what we do for all who are interested. We work hard, laugh a lot, have fun and make people feel good.

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