Faculty & Staff
“I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember,” Patty Pyrz says. “My passion for art is hard to contain, so any time I have the opportunity to teach, I’m happy to share.” And so she has. Ms. Pyrz has more than 20 years of experience working with students of all ages. She has taught for the Champaign Park District’s Springer Cultural Center, Parkland Community College, Clark Lindsey Retirement Community and UIUC’s Campus Wellbeing Services, among other places.
Ms. Pyrz taught at St. John from 2009-2011 and returned in 2021. She still enjoys the opportunity to work with students of different ages and developmental levels—from the youngest (“They aren’t afraid to get messy”) to older students (“They have more patience and love a challenge”).
Not only do students enjoy art class, but it’s a crucial part of a well-rounded education, she says. “Children benefit from having this class period when they can be artistically creative,” she says. “Art helps engage their senses to use a different side of their brain. It’s an important part of their development.
They need some time to be creative and express themselves in a visual way.” Ms. Pyrz has a Bachelor’s Degrees in Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology/Wellness from the University of Central Florida.