Maura Kern

Art Teacher, PS-6th Grade

Years at NGFS: 18

Education: B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Art Education and Design, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; K-12 Art Education State Certification

Maura has been a part of the New Garden community for many years and previously taught Middle and Upper School art students as well before becoming the lead Lower School art instructor. Before coming to NGFS, Maura taught art in Charleston, S.C. and Winston Salem, N.C.

When asked what she enjoys most about working at NGFS, Maura says, “Working with our amazingly creative students and helping to motivate each child to do their best.” As she begins her seventeenth year, Maura cannot wait to observe the growth of each child and to see how that development unfolds in the art studio.

Unsurprisingly, Maura enjoys art in her free time, especially painting with acrylics, drawing, and pyrography. However, her interests are not limited to visual art and she loves music and dancing as well. She also gardens and takes care of two cats, a dwarf hamster, and several pet chickens. Maura is married to Erik Beerbower, the current Middle and Upper School art teacher, and has two children: Emmett and Esmae, who are students at NGFS.