Asya Sigelman, Ph.D

Dr. Sigelman is a founder of the school as well as a teacher of Latin and Art History.

An Associate Professor of Ancient Greek at Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Sigelman conducts scholarly research on the poetry and literature of Classical Antiquity and regularly teaches both undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on the language, literature, culture, religion, and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome. Her book, Pindar’s Poetics of Immortality, was recently published with Cambridge University Press. Throughout her teaching, Dr. Sigelman encourages her students to explore not only the beauty of the language and literature of the ancient world but also their relevance as the origins of Western culture, politics, art, and philosophy. Much of her work has involved connecting with students with no prior background in classics.

Prior to Bryn Mawr, Dr. Sigelman served as adjunct faculty at Tufts University and as a Teaching Fellow at Brown University. In the course of her academic career, Dr. Sigelman has also accrued experience in primary and secondary education. She has taught Ancient Greek at the Wheeler School, an elite independent school in Providence, RI as well as elementary school classes in Ancient History and English literature at the Shaloh House Jewish Day School in Brighton, MA and at the Torah Academy of Brookline, MA.

Dr. Sigelman holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Brown University and a BA summa cum laude in Ancient Greek & Latin, with minors in Music and in German, from Boston University.

John McCormick

Having started his career with studies at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Mr. McCormick, found that the commercial art field was not the desired direction. After 1.5 years at AIP he was accepted at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and continued with classical art studies to completion of a four year certificate program. In the following years, Mr. McCormick received several portrait commissions and many still life and landscape works, subsequently displayed in individual and group shows. Many of these are now in private and corporate collections.

Drawn towards art instruction, Mr. McCormick had the opportunity to teach at the Delaware County Community College arose. After two years there, Mr. McCormick followed his special interest to teach in the home-school community while simultaneously working with the American Academy, then in Wayne, PA.

Mr. McCormick has now been teaching art for twenty eight years. His training and approach to the study of fine arts is strongly rooted in a classical style with a bold conviction to gain a good foundation in drawing and color. He strives to equip his students to expand their acquired skills in the direction of their personal interest. Without this foundation art is often fluff and feelings with little substance. In contrast, Mr. McCormick believes that students well-grounded in a classical art foundation can rise to any challenge the visual realm can afford. Under his instruction, several of Mr. McCormick’s students have received significant art scholarships and awards.

Marina Voznaya

Mrs. Voznaya began her piano studies at the age of 4. In 1993, she completed eight years of study in Tchaikovsky Music School in St.Petersburg under Elena Trofimova. In 1997, Mrs. Voznaya graduated with honors from St.Petersburg Music Pedagogical College N 3. Where she studied under Natalia Khoreva (piano) and Olga Lusina (vocal). While studying there, she taught children (ranging from 3 to 25 years old) in private lessons and at local schools to play the piano as well as singing or vocal, and explained the theory of music. She subsequently worked as an accompanist of the ballet studio and studied at the Herzen State Pedagogical University in the Faculty of Music from 1997-1999, specializing once again in pianoforte. She went on to be admitted to the St. Petersburg State Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor Tatiana Novikova and graduated in 2006. She received her Master’s degree in Vocal Studies (Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Studies). While she was studying, she went on concert tours to Germany, Italy, Switzerland and England. She worked with the Mariinsky Theater Choir as a soloist, beginning during the 5th course at the Conservatory and continued with the Choir until 2015. As a member of the Choir, she toured internationally concerts and theatrical performances, including the following countries: United States, Israel, Japan, China, England, Germany, Holland, France and Austria. All opera and performances were sung in the original languages. When she became a mother, Mrs. Voznaya taught music and singing at a private kindergarten and elementary school on a part-time basis until 2018. She was a soloist of a cappella church choir in Cathedral of Saint Catherine until 2018.

Sarah Donoghue

Ms. O’Donoghue is an educator and artist originally from Prince George’s County, Maryland. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2009 and her MFA from American University in 2017. Ms. O’Donoghue has taught a diverse array of students in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from preschoolers to incarcerated adults. She served as the lead art instructor at Franklin Montessori School in Washington DC from 2013 until 2015, where she continued to work part time as a classroom assistant teacher while attending graduate school. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she taught studio art at American University and served as an art instructor for both elementary and middle school students in the Montgomery County public school system. She has also worked as a behavior therapist for special needs children (grades K-6) and as an art teacher for Hope House DC, a program that connects incarcerated fathers with their children through art programming. Ms. O’Donoghue has participated in numerous artist residency programs, both national and international, and has exhibited her work in Asheville (NC), Berlin (DE), Brooklyn (NY), Buenos Aires (AR), Gyeonggi-do (SKR), Mexico City (MX), New York City (NY), Phoenix (AZ), Richmond (VA), Sao Paulo (BR), Seattle (WA), Tucson (AZ) and Washington DC. Ms. O’Donoghue sets an example to her students by continuing to be an active scholar of art by instilling a genuine enthusiasm and curiosity she brings to the classroom.