Erika is an experienced Art Teacher and Freelance Illustrator joining EDMO this year as a Coach! Since 2006, she has been active as a Teaching Artist in her local community of New Haven County, CT; making art accessible to everyone regardless of experience. Her illustrations are inspired by pop culture and her own diverse experiences; she also encourages her students to draw from their lives, interests, and imaginations. While also encouraging using art as a healthy form of expressing difficult emotions. After graduating from University of Bridgeport with a degree in Graphic Design, she continued to work with various CT non-profit organizations. And continued to provide artistic and cultural enrichment to both children and adults across the neurodiversity spectrum.