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Melissa Haupt has been teaching art at the Riley Avenue Elementary School in Riverhead for years and was the recipient of the 2016 Educator of the Year.

Melissa loves to bring art programs and learning opportunities to students. She will now be sharing her joy of teaching with East End Arts School, teaching After School Art on Mondays at 4:15 and running our Winter Camp February 15 - 19, 2021. Along with her love of teaching, she is also very active in the community - founding Riley Avenue’s student council, running food drives, hosting fundraisers, and coaching a Police Athletic League cheerleading team.

“She goes above and beyond the call of duty by not only teaching art, but teaching the value of good character through art,” Ms. Raimondo said. “I don’t even know how she does it all."

“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

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