Desiree M Matia, MFA

Pittsburgh, PA · 412-287-2155 ·




Savannah College of Art and Design                                                                         Savannah, Georgia

Master of Fine Arts in Painting, GPA: 3.94                                                                       November 2015


Indiana University of Pennsylvania                                                                   Indiana, Pennsylvania

Master of Science in Education: Art, GPA: 3.88                                                                        May 2008



  • AP Studio Art: 2D Design, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 2018

  • GoGuardian Educator, Online Certification, 2017

  • Google Certified Educator, Online Certification, 2016

  • PA Certification in Art Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2008



  • National Art Education Association, 2017-Present

  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 2016-Present

  • College Art Association, 2015-2018



  • Nominee, Educator of the Year, Propel Schools, 2018-2019

  • Recipient, Educators’ Scholarship, Savannah College of Art & Design, 2013-2015

  • Recipient, Educators’ Forum Scholarship, Savannah College of Art & Design, Summer Educators’ Workshop, 2012



Visual Arts Educator                                                                                             August 2016-Present

Propel Montour High School                                                                   McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

  • Initiated diverse programming in the Arts for grades 9-12 as founding staff member.

  • Collaborated with Arts Education Collaborative to write and implement a district wide curriculum designed for grades K-12

  • Collaborated with Pittsburgh Children’s Museum to develop Professional Development workshops based on studio learning habits

  • Developed partnerships with local artists, art organizations, and museums to support experiential student learning

  • Co-planned Montour High School’s first ever Historically Black College & University and Diversity Tour, offered to twenty five of our scholars

  • Participated and facilitated professional learning year round, focusing on culturally relevant teaching, content knowledge, and providing rigorous and agile instruction

  • Mentored pre-service teacher in partnership with Carlow University

  • Acted as staff mentor to rising seniors for Amizade Global Service Learning program

  • Participated in global travel and service learning experiences with Amizade scholars

  • Collaborated with Artist Image Resource to teach and organize the first annual Arts Showcase for Propel Montour High School

  • Introduced AP Studio Art to course catalog with 80% completion in the first year

  • Lead extra-curricular activities for scholars, including Art Club, Yearbook Club, Female Leadership Academy, and Home Team student council


Crew Lead Pathway                                                                                               August 2017–Present

Propel Schools                                                                                        McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

  • Assisted staff members in developing and implementing Crew, advisory programming focusing on character building, academic rigor, social and emotional learning

  • Facilitated professional learning for staff monthly based on implementation of Crew and school wide procedures as a lead teacher

  • Served on Instructional Cabinet, focusing on restorative practices and academic mindset

  • Planned school wide events focusing on team building, service learning, and school pride

  • Structured lessons focusing on growth mindset, academic habits, and mindfulness

  • Coordinated volunteer and service learning opportunities for high school scholars to reach their 100-hour requirement


Visual Arts Educator                                                                                          August 2008-July 2013

Propel Montour Elementary School                                                                Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Developed lesson plans, prepared for five daily class periods for grades K-8

  • Connected Art and Science through individualized course framework for grades K-2, alongside classroom teachers and museum educators

  • Served on Instructional Cabinet and CORE Team, focusing on academics and positive behavior implementation

  • Participated in after school Art Club, School and Community Council, and Extended School Year



Solo Exhibitions

  • Fleeting Elation, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Di(Pro)gress, Fresh Exhibitions Gallery, Savannah, GA


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Off the Wall, curated by Jill Larson, Pittsburgh, PA

  • AAP 106th Annual, Southside Works, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Just Say’n, Bottleworks Gallery, Johnstown, PA

  • Electric Kool-Aid, Brew House Association, Pittsburgh, PA

  • AAP Newest Members Exhibition, MINE Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

  • AAP group Juried Exhibition, Kauffman Gallery, Shippensburg, PA

  • Port City Review Showcase, Alexander Gallery, Savannah, GA


Teaching Assistant to Vanessa Platacis, professor of Painting                                                  Spring 2015 

Savannah College of Art and Design                                                                        Savannah, Georgia

  • Facilitated group discussion, lecture and presentation during Professional Practices class

  • Held office hours for extra help sessions and check-ins for B.F.A. candidates

  • Assisted in organizing and setting up B.F.A. group shows

  • Supported final visual portfolio development and presentation


Teaching Assistant to Eun Lee, Professor of Printmaking                                              Fall 2014

Savannah College of Art and Design                                                                       Savannah, Georgia

  • Co-facilitated studio demonstrations, discussions, and critiques

  • Lead a demonstration and organized a unit summarizing techniques taught throughout the course


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