English and visual arts interdepartmental major Tess Skoller ’13 is the Kenney Community Center’s Volunteer of the Week.
After writing a research paper on Visual Thinking Strategies, an innovative way of teaching elementary aged students critical thinking skills through conversations about art, and the importance of museum education programs, Skoller started her own VTS program in April at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center.
Through this program, she demonstrates a lesson on VTS to the students before leading an arts and crafts project utilizing the skills previously discussed. Skoller plans to continue this program after her graduation in June.
An active participant since her junior year of high school in Relay for Life, she was the third-highest fundraiser out of all of the participants at Union during her sophomore year as a member of the Sigma Delta Tau team.
Originally from South Orange, N.J., she has served as a senior admissions intern and orientation advisor for first-year and transfer students. Additionally, Skoller has acted as editor-in-chief of Union’s literary and art magazine, The Idol, as well as editor and staff writer for the Concordiensis.