Arts Faculty

Linnea Smith

Visual Arts
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Linnea is our Inspire Art teacher. She has been teaching High School Art for the past 5 years in California, Guam and Tanzania. Linnea’s education has included Industrial Design and Art from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Boston’s elite School of the Museum of Fine Arts. During her undergraduate education, Linnea decided that her heart was in teaching, and proceeded to finish her studies with a B.S. in Art Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Linnea has chosen to use her education and Art career to travel the world, which allowed her unique opportunities to grow as a teacher, as an artist and as a person. Linnea constantly draws from her experiences on her adventures to inspire and educate herself and her students. She believes that Art can be taught and learned, not just by the naturally talented, but also by anyone with the tenacity and desire to learn and improve. Linnea is devoted to teaching Art and believes that every student can use art to improve his or her life. In her free time Linnea loves to travel, read fantasy books and play with her nephew, West.
 

Erin Hall

Digital Photography / Videography / Animation
 

Erin, a native born Nevadan, spent much of his youth in the bay area, before returning to Spring Creek, Nevada, where he graduated from high school. As a student athlete, Erin attended both Lassen Junior College and Boise State University where he wrestled and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduating, Erin trekked around the world with his wife, visiting over 21 countries. Although his passion for fine arts was sparked from a young age, his travels kindled his love of photography, which he continues to enjoy today. In his mid-20’s, Erin and his wife moved to Santa Cruz, California, at which point he decided it was time to get a real job and build a foundation for his career in education. Erin worked as an English teacher for 7 years at a charter school in Watsonville, California, before transitioning into teaching in the Arts. For the past 3 years Erin has been teaching Visual Arts, Video Production, Green Construction and Introduction to Engineering. Teaching in the Arts, through project based learning, is where Erin excels and is also the setting where he believes most students thrive. Erin is excited about relocating his family to Chico, where he and his wife can raise their identical twin, 4-year-old daughters. Erin is very excited about the opportunity to be part of such an amazing staff here at Inspire, where he plans to be Inspired, while Inspiring! 

 
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