Meet the Staff
Erica Johnson, PhD
Owner/ Executive Director
Erica has both a B.S. and an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction, a Ph.D in Minority and Urban Education, and a passion for art enrichment. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of education where she taught middle and high school as well as undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses. Over the past four years, Erica has become the owner of KidzArt Palm Beach. KidzArt provides art enrichment classes and camps to students throughout Palm Beach County. Erica is thrilled at the opportunity to have an even broader reach in her community. "I have always made it a point to incorporate art into my teaching, no matter the subject because the skills students practice through regular art instruction, such as problem-solving, critical thinking and focusing, are directly transferable and essential to all subjects! And it's FUN!" Erica makes it a point to hire and train KidzArt instructors with her same beliefs and passion about art education.
Daryl has a B.S. in Marketing, an M.Ed in Elementary Education and a Juris Doctorate. He also has experience working with students at the elementary and middle school levels. He has a strong passion for youth mentorship and enrichment.
Danica has a BA in Communications and a certiﬁcation in Art Education. She worked as a Graphic Designer before going back to school to obtain her certiﬁcation to teach art. She has worked with children of all ages and abilities teaching art in various environments, including preschools, a Montessori school, schools for children with special needs, camps and museum programs. Danica is an artist herself and enjoys inspiring others to tap into their creativity.
Karim has always had a passion for children and art. So much so that she started Aria Marli Art, which specializes in painting children portraits and Nursery Art. She graduated from Miami University of Art and Design with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Karim loves working with children!
Emily De Nicolais
Emily is a multifaceted visual artist, with a strong love of all mediums. As a Bak and Dreyfoos alumna, she has been trained in just about everything from drawing to metal sculpture. Her own work focuses mostly on painting, fiber art and installations that are centered around repurposed items. Emily has a great passion for creative expression and child development. When she isn’t teaching, she’s at home making art with her own children.
Sarah has a BA in Fashion Promotion & Illustration and a National Diploma in Fashion Design from her education in the UK. She has experience teaching children arts and crafts for the past 30 years both privately and in the school systems. She loves encouraging children and adults to be positive about their creativity and is a strong advocate of respectful learning and parenting both in work and at home.