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FACULTY

CARLA EICHLER

Design and Technology, Animation
ceichler@westportps.org | Tel: 203-341-1312   

       Ms. Eichler has been an art teacher at Staples High School since 2005. Her primary focus is digital art and design, and currently teaches Design and Technology and Animation. In the past she also taught Digital Darkroom for many years. Ms. Eichler developed the Animation course in 2013, and is looking forward to teaching Digital Foundations next year. Digital Foundations is a full year, Honors levels course where students can earn UConn Early College Experience (ECE) credit. 

       Prior to teaching, Ms. Eichler had a career in Broadcast Design, and worked at WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT. Her major responsibilities were working with the News, Marketing and Sales departments to create supporting motion and still on-air graphic treatments, as well as web advertisements, billboard ads, and various other graphics needs.

       Ms Eichler earned a BFA with a concentration in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut, and holds a Masters in Art Education from Southern CT State University.

       Ms. Eichler does quite a bit of design work for non-profit organizations in her community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and music, as well as spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

CAMILLE ESKELL

Drawing I, Advanced Drawing, Honors Art Studio, AP Studio:Drawing   ceskell@westportps.org | Tel: 203-341-1306   

        Ms. Eskell has been an art teacher at Staples High School since 2001. Her primary focus is drawing, and she currently teaches Drawing I, Advanced Drawing, Honors Art Studio and AP Studio: Drawing, a program she developed over her tenure at Staples.
       Ms. Eskell is a professional artist and has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally in galleries and museums since 1982. She is the recipient of several Artist Fellowships awards, including the recent Artist Fellowship Excellence Award in Mixed Media from the CT Office of the Arts, an arm of the National Endowment for the Arts.
She has received reviews in numerous publications and her work is in many public and private collections. Teaching since 1997, Ms. Eskell served as adjunct faculty in colleges, universities and art schools throughout the region. She earned an Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and a Master of Fine Art in Painting from Queens College, CUNY.

STACEY PHELAN

Digital Darkroom
sphelan@westportps.org | Tel: 203-341-1443   

Justin Shay

Beginning Photography, Darkroom, Pottery
jshay@westportps.org | Tel: 203-341-1313  

ANGELA SIMPSON

Oil Painting, Watercolor, Silkscreen
asimpson@westportps.org | Tel: 203-341-5124    

       Mrs. Simpson has been teaching at Staples High School since 2001, but her history with Staples began as a student back in the 1980's. Even then, she enjoyed oil painting and photography. Little did she know she would one day teach those subjects at her alma mater. Now, Mrs. Simpson's primary courses are Oil Painting, Watercolor, Silk Screen and  occasionally Drawing and other courses.

     After graduating from Staples, Mrs. Simpson acquired a BS in Fine Art from Skidmore College, then an MS in Art Education at Southern Connecticut State University, followed by her 092 administrative certification at Sacred Heart University.

       In addition to teaching, Mrs. Simpson has held a variety of extra titles within the department, building and district to further serve the Visual Arts programs and the greater Staples community, including SHS Art Department Liaison, Professional Development Coordinator for the grades 6-12 art faculty, Department Representative on the Collaborative Team for most of her Staples career and Chair of the Staples Positive School Climate Committee.

       Before teaching, Mrs. Simpson was a fashion designer for various companies in the garment industry, and also worked in marketing for a home fashions manufacturer. 

       When Mrs. Simpson isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and being a dog walking volunteer at a local animal shelter.

       Ms. Wright has been an Art teacher at Staples High School since 2008, and a teacher in the Westport Public School system since 2002.  Her broad teaching skills in the arts include mural painting (“Painting Big”), drawing, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, and watercolor painting, among other disciplines.  Ms. Wright personally developed and introduced the Painting Big class into the Staples curriculum, thereby bringing student-produced art into the school hallways on large format murals.

       Prior to teaching in Westport, Ms. Wright spent time as a manager of a New York City based high-tech commercial art studio specializing in hand-painted murals and three-dimensional displays for major restaurants and retailers.

       Ms. Wright has earned Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and has studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. 

       Ms. Wright is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast and competes in marathons and ultramarathons.

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TRACY WRIGHT

Ceramics, Jewelry, Mural
twright@westportps.org | Tel: 203-341-1301   

JACLYN JESELNIK

Sculpture, Pottery, AP 3D
jjeselnik@westportps.org  | Tel: 203-341-1311