Meet Mrs. Kuhrau

I have been teaching art with the Diocese of Joliet for four years. While this is my first year teaching with St. Alexander School, I am a proud parent of two graduates of the school. I came to the teaching profession after a career as a "starving artist." I attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and Visual Communication. I worked several years as a freelance graphic designer while I "moonlighted" as a retail store bookkeeper, fitness instructor, and substitute teacher. After my stay-at-home-Mom years, I returned to Northeastern and received my elementary education certificate and middle school endorsement.

I believe arts education provides a creative arena for children to explore individual interests, develop design-thinking skills, and inspire collaboration. I want students to put their best efforts in all they do and use their creative talents to respond visually with emotion and feelings to make connections with their art.

Outside of my art career, I enjoy doing many activities. I love to cook and entertain for my family and friends. I'm an avid bike rider and take pleasure walking my dog daily. I have always loved to draw and sketch, especially people and natural objects. I have been a parishoner of St. Alexander for 25 years where I am involved in ministries including Arts and Environment and Marriage Prep. I am a certified therapy dog handler and volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital and The School with the Expressive Arts and Learning (SEAL), with my lovable golden retriever, Sunny..