Mary Beth Eldridge is from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A native, she returned to the city in 1992. An artist and teacher, she’s taught art at every level from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Connecticut and Massachusetts public schools. She facilitates professional development for county arts educators, and volunteers in the arts locally in various capacities. In 2016, she was named Massachusetts Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association. She’s recently made the switch from full to part time teaching, giving her time for her own artistic practice. Mary Beth considers teaching art a responsibility and a privilege. To her, engagement with the arts is a part of being fully human. Every child has the need, and deserves the chance to a wide view of the world through the arts.