After graduating with her Art Education degree in 2010, Mallory Porcelli taught art to adults with disabilities at a residential facility. She then went on to teach at a studio and gallery for people with special needs and troubled youth, where she gave private and group lessons in both studio and home environments. For three years Mallory continued to learn and discover teaching strategies, her own art processes, and the joys of working with artists of all cognitive abilities. In 2013 Mallory began teaching art in grades K-8 in an urban public school system. Teaching a group of 400 students per week presented new challenges and helped continue her growth as a teacher. “I am inspired by the excitement and dedication special needs put into their work,” says Mallory. “It is a joy to be a part of the process.”
Mallory lives in High Bridge, NJ with her husband Brian, and their cat Olivia. When she’s not teaching, she and Brian are usually outdoors hiking, gardening, or making art (of course!). Mallory loves to work with clay and sculpture, as well as watercolor and mixed media. “I find a lot of inspiration for my art in the great outdoors and the animals that live in the wild.” Sharing her love of art with others is a passion, and something she looks forward to doing here at Iguana.