The ARTery Staff
ARTery teachers are creative, inspiring, and fun! They are certified educators as well as experienced visual artists. The teachers craft lessons that combine educational art concepts with artistic expression. Our instructors guide our students to create things they never knew they could. Children will focus on the process of creating art and explore a variety of art mediums. We believe that every child (and adult!) is an artist.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression & knowledge." -Albert Einstein
Owner & Teacher
Marisa is the CEO and owner of The ARTery Studio. She is a mother, certified music educator, and enthusiast of visual art! Marisa has a passion for teaching and working with children. She has taught PK-5 General Music and Chorus at Richard L. Rice Elementary School in Marlton since 2014. She loves to draw, paint, perform, and craft. She performs live music with various local bands as a pianist and vocalist. As a lifelong Medford resident, Marisa is thrilled to provide a unique space in her community for the creative arts. She loves collaborating with other creative minds and bringing local artists and musicians together.
Art Teacher and Manager
Sydney graduated from Stockton University in 2020 with a Bachelors in Visual Art. Sydney is an aspiring art educator. She’s been passionate about art and teaching since childhood and is extremely excited for the opportunity to teach at the Artery. Sydney specializes in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture. As a lifelong learner, Sydney hopes to gain knowledge and new skills from her colleagues and students at the Artery. She is committed and determined to see her students succeed and gain a love for art.
Susanna Saluga Pannone
Susanna received her Bachelors of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University in 1985. Soon after, she was hired by the Pemberton School District. During her 34 years with the district, she has taught art to grades K - 8. Susanna also designed curriculum, instructed art in many after school and summer programs. She received the honor of Teacher of the year for her school in 2015. Susanna has instructed painting and private art lessons throughout the area for many years. She is a lifelong Medford resident and is so excited to continue her passion for teaching at the ARTery!
Cherry Hill based artist-teacher, Becky Tronco has worked at the Artery since it's inception! Her themed classes have been huge hits such as Wizarding 101 where she uses her love of Harry Potter to create a unique experience for kids of all ages. She graduated Rowan University with a Bachelor's in Art Education and minor in Art History in 2013. Becky continues to be a life-long learner by participating in yearly workshops and conferences as she strives to create new and interesting takes on various processes and styles! In addition, she currently works as the art teacher at Springville Elementary School in Mount Laurel.
Michelle received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Wilmington University and is certified as an art teacher in New Jersey. She’s had a love of visual arts her entire life and strongly believes that art is a valuable tool in helping students learn better in seemingly unrelated subjects. By infusing art into core content lessons, students have fun while becoming more engaged in what is being taught. Michelle has taught art in schools, camps, clubs, and has worked as a free-lance artist using various mediums. However, her favorite way to teach art is through art parties for all ages. She is very excited to be part of the ARTery team.
Em is a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design with a minor in Art History. He has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer, fine artist, and product designer. Em was an Art Director for over 20 years in Miami and Baltimore. He worked In both print and product design with companies including The Miami Heat, Mercedes Benz, Disney, and McDonalds, among many others. He has created public art installations for Art in Public Places for the cities of Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables, FL. Em is currently semi-retired and living in beautiful South Jersey. He enjoys working with people of all ages, encouraging them to reach their artistic and professional goals.
Also known affectionately as Miss Catherine, is a local artist around the south Jersey area. She has a degree in fine arts as well as psychology degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. Miss Catherine enjoys art in all forms which she tries to incorporate in every aspect of the world. Her greatest title is that of Mom to her amazing son.
Steve earned a Master of Science degree in biology through his study of tardigrades, commonly known as water bears. He has worked as a scientific demonstrator, part-time lecturer, and researcher, with the overarching goal always to make science accessible to all. Steve believes that the natural confluence of science and art is the simple and careful observation of a person’s surroundings. With this in mind, he hopes to kindle the curiosity of both children and adults so they may discover the world for themselves.