My Name Is...Zoe Tessier

Teacher at Rock Canyon High School, artist

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Where I’m from

I was born in Park City, Utah. I went to boarding school in Carbondale — a small mountain town in Colorado — and then went to art school at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. I received my K-12 art education license from Metro State University.

Prior to working at Rock Canyon, I was an elementary school teacher at Cherry Creek School District. I then moved to L.A. and worked in the education department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

I moved back to Colorado in May and I teach ceramics and photography, grades 9-12.

My passion


My mom is a professional artist so I learned how to paint and draw at a very young age — we also didn’t have TV growing up so it gave me something to do.

In 2006, I was commissioned to do a mural for a Montessori school in Carbondale — it was of a bunch of flowers. I was also commissioned to do two murals for the University of California, Los Angeles while I was living in California.

I had an artisan residency in Wyoming, which was very cool. And I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where I had four shows and sold quite a few of my pieces.

I’ve exhibited more than 260 bodies of work and my work has been shown in more than 30 venues throughout the U.S.

I think it’s so important for me to practice art in order to teach it to my students.

What I love about teaching

I love how the students keep everything so honest and real. They really inspire my own art.

I take a ton of photographs and I’m always trying to sculpt different things. I ask my students to do the same — I tell them to take photos when they are at home or outside of school for inspiration.

Fun fact about me

I love trying new things. I play tennis and golf. I love to figure skate and sail. I love to cook — even though I’m not very good at it.

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