Andrea Conte
Artist in Residence

Andrea was born in Cordoba, Argentina, and got her B.A. in Studio Art from the Universidad Nacional De Cordoba in 1998 as well as a degree in Graphic Design from the Colegio Nacional de Monserrat. After moving to the U.S. she graduated Summa Cum Laude at CSU Chico with a B.A. in Art Education in 2003. She received her teaching credential and a Master of Arts in Education from Chapman University in Sacramento in 2005. Andrea also taught at NCSA as one of our Artists in Residence from 2004 – 2005 and 2006-2007.

Asia Currie
Artist in Residence

Asia has studied at the American College in Paris, CSU Fullerton, and Orange Coast College with a focus on fine arts and child development. She began working in school art programs in 1991 and has been a part of NCSA since 1995. Her goal in working with young people is to inspire self-confidence, positive self-expression, and respect for oneself and the world.

Samantha Jones
Artist in Residence

Samantha has been teaching in California’s public schools for over 20 years. She holds both Art and Multiple Subject teaching credentials, and is a member of the California Arts Educators Association. She became an NCSA parent in 2010, and joined the staff in 2012.

Samantha is an avid sketchbook artist, and especially loves to draw while traveling. She believes that drawing is a wonderful way to understand the world, and that the practice of observing and drawing is an important part of leaning in all subjects. Art making is a powerful way to understand other perspectives and values, and can teach us so much about our shared and diverse human experiences. In the art classroom, Samantha aims to balance technique exploration with skills practice, artist study with personal expression, creative freedom with parameters and deadlines, and community with individualism. Samantha is inspired by the way young children find so much joy in art making, and one of her goals is to help all students hold on to that joy.

Christine Nys
Artist in Residence and Arts Assistant

Christine brings an extensive arts background and a European flair to her role as Art Assistant at NCSA. Since 2007, she has been in charge of art material and supplies, assists art teachers in their lessons and projects, and regularly subs for art teachers. Additionally, Christine has been instrumental in creating the collaborative art concept that results in the class-based student art displayed each year at NCSA’s A Matter of Taste, has coordinated the publication of the school’s Yearbook, and has taught art both for Homestudy and Electives classes.

After receiving her Art Degree in Graphic Design and Typography from the Academie Royale de Bruxelles in Belgium, Christine worked for ten years with Penguin Books and other publishers in London. After a year spent exploring art traditions in Asia, she focused on ceramics, working as an apprentice potter for three years in Devon, England, and continued her art training at the Foothill Community College in Palo Alto, CA.

She is married to Gary Griffith, the 5th-grade teacher at NCSA. They have one daughter, who went to NCSA for 9 years and graduated in 2012.

Gabriel Clark

Gabriel has been teaching @ NCSA since the 2010-2011 school year and has been teaching in CA public schools for over 14 years. Born and raised in upstate NY, Gabriel moved out to California in 2005 after graduating from Ithaca College with a BA in K-12 general music education and instrumental music education. Since his start at NCSA, Gabriel has taught a mixture of main lesson integrative music classes and instrumental music electives classes. Currently, Gabriel teaches T/K, K, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade main lesson music and also teaches private music lessons on piano, guitar, and trumpet.

Outside the context of music and NCSA, Gabriel is active as an alternative health care practitioner within the system of Functional Symmetry.


Amie Ferrier
Amie Ferrier grew up in the midwest and studied music at Northwestern University, Bennington College, and with private teachers across the US and Europe. Amie began teaching traditional fiddle music in 2000 and has been teaching fiddle, cello, guitar, and string band with NCSA since 2015. In the classroom, she works to emphasize storytelling and inclusion, drawing out our naturally musical selves while exploring technique and building skills together. Amie's favorite part of playing music is sharing songs around campfires and in backyards with friends. She has also coached the school mountain biking team and taught gardening and cartooning at NCSA, and runs an annual two-day music camp called Whole Music Camp every July.