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Julie Rogers
Director

Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mercyhurst College and later attended School of Visual Arts after beginning her teaching career in a private school where she taught music, art, and theatre for 17 years. Julie joined One River as the Director in February 2017 when the school opened. In addition to playing flute in the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra for 16 years, Julie has studied silversmithing under master jeweler Larry Cove, and is a practicing artist with an affinity towards mixed media, sculpture, and painting. Julie is passionate about the value arts education provides to all people regardless of age, ability, or background and has dedicated her career towards sharing it with others.
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David Shin
Assistant Director

David Shin received his BA from The College of New Jersey and brings his experience in visual production and interior design to One River School. He fosters a creative environment for students, ensuring they gain the best education in the arts and an opportunity to cultivate their unique visions. David brings passion to help develop a community of future creators and artists. He also strongly believes in the importance of art as an emotional outlet because of its positive impact on lives. Outside of One River, David enjoys dancing and shopping for the perfect pair of vintage Levi jeans.

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Corianne Darienzo
Assistant Director

Corianne graduated from Montclair State University with her BFA in Illustration & Animation. Corianne started assisted teaching multiple college courses at Montclair State, and eventually started teaching at the One River School in 2017. After teaching at One River School for some time, Corianne became the Assistant Director in 2018. Corianne loves that One River is a "safe" place for young artists to collaborate and make art as a form of self-expression. In addition to her time at One River, Corianne loves to read and find a new hiking trail every weekend!

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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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Matthew Gysin
Art Instructor

Matthew Gysin graduated from William Paterson University and received a Bachelor's degree in media productions. Since a young age, he has been very passionate about storytelling through theatre, film, and animation. Matthew began his career in the arts, working at various theater companies and creating interesting films and videos. He enjoys sharing his skills with the One River community and watching students grow artistically.

 

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Danielle Weisfeld
Art Instructor

Danielle is a Bergen County native and a new addition to the One River School community. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. Danielle is a passionate multimedia artist who has always enjoyed working with children and in community settings. She takes joy in facilitating an enriching environment for her students to create. “Art is such an important part of our lives and the world around us, teaching gives me the opportunity to show that importance to others every day”.

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Robyn Phelps
Art Instructor

A North Jersey native, Robyn Phelps received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Animation from Montclair State University. Since then, she has started her career working as an illustrator, designer, and educator at One River School. She has always had a passion for creating art as both a career and a way to express herself, and she’s excited to bring this excitement for art and learning into the classroom. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of creating art you love and the joy it can bring, and sharing that with the next generation of artists is an opportunity Robyn is excited to be a part of.

 

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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.

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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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