Meet the Teacher
My name is Ms. Rich (formally known as Mrs. Lakin), and I am an art teacher at Knapp Elementary School. I have been teaching for twelve years now, not including substitute teaching. Before coming to MCAS, I taught in East Chicago, Indiana, where the majority of the time, I taught Visual Arts to grades K - 6. I studied Illustration at Columbia College Chicago before deciding to become a teacher. I received my bachelors in Elementary Education at Purdue University Calumet and am currently pursuing my masters in Mental Health Counseling, with additional certification in Expressive Arts Therapy. All in all, art is my passion; I create every day, whether with pen and ink, acrylics, photography, jewelry making, colored pencils... anything and everything that I can get my hands on! I enjoy working with subject matter from good old Mother Nature and when I'm not creating, I'm relaxing with friends, watching horror movies, reading, writing, or dancing. As the old saying goes, "Art is Life!".