Leslie Wallant

 

Leslie Wallant

ART TEACHER

Leslie Wallant

Designer, Artist, Writer and Educator…I’ve always been passionate about the varied ways we can express ideas and followed a rich adventurous path to finally arrive at Cedar Hills Prep.

I earned a B.A. from Hobart & William Smith Colleges where I studied Folklore, Children’s Literature, Linguistics, and Education when I travelled to Italy’s Maria Montessori School. My studies at The School of Visual Arts led to a career in Design, Illustration, Graphics and Media Arts. Craving the third dimension, to invent the real objects, I discovered the awesomeness of Science and Engineering and received an Industrial Design Degree at Kean University. I love inventing new things to solve problems and designed many household and toy products. I have written and illustrated children’s books, including the novel and accompanying website, Evie & the ElemMates, and lead hands-on workshops that connected themes to real STEAM projects.

My passion now is to instill in others a passion for design and art. I earned Masters credits at the Hunter College of Education and a NJ Art Teacher Certification. I taught students PreK-12 Art at The Visual Arts Center NJ in Summit, MORE After School Program in Westfield and STEAM at STEM Academy in Edison as well as adult classes at The Adult School of Chatham-Westfield.

All this has prepared me to contribute all I can to Cedar Prep School. I strive to inspire my students employing 21st century education methods, including project-based interdisciplinary themes to teach all-encompassing Arts.