Primary – Middle School


Creative expression. Art appreciation. The Wellan Art curriculum is designed to help students learn to approach challenges from a creative perspective, develop specific skills in a variety of artistic media, and gain a life-long appreciation for art in its many forms through a foundation in art history and cultural studies.



Vanessa Irzyk, Art Specialist

Vanessa is an artist and teacher from New Bedford, MA. She has been teaching art for over 15 years at non-profit art centers. She has a dual degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Painting & Art Education. When not teaching she can be found painting at her studio in South Boston. She has exhibited her art throughout the country and has had many solo exhibits in New England.

Amy Norrod, Art Specialist

Amy Norrod is both a professional artist and art educator. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education at Bowling Green State University. During her undergraduate program, she studied Western European Art and Architecture across Europe. Since then, she has taught in the states of Ohio and Florida before coming to Massachusetts.

She recently moved to Boston from Jacksonville, Florida, where she was a middle school art teacher for two years. In her free time, she enjoys visiting art museums, oil painting, and trying new restaurants. Amy is very excited to be part of the Wellan Montessori team!

Haley Crocker, Art Assistant

Haley received her BA degree in English and Studio Art from the University of Vermont. Prior to joining Wellan, she helped with marketing at a small floral design studio in Vermont, and she also worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston assistant teaching art classes to children. She is excited to join the Wellan community and its creative, supportive environment.

Haley enjoys making art—especially ceramics, printmaking, and watercolor. She also loves to dance, practice yoga, and go to museums and concerts. 

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Wellan Montessori School

80 Crescent Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: (617) 969-4488   

Fax: (617) 969-4430

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Wellan Montessori School is a non-profit school which admits students of every race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political views.