Lucy Rivera has been a classroom Visual Art and Design teacher for over a decade. She most recently served as an Instructional coach and founder of the Maker/Design program at Leadership Public High Schools where she was the only electives teacher to earn a Master Teacher distinction. She is also a recipient of the HP Teaching Fellowship for the HP Reinvent the Classroom initiative. Lucy worked with her high school students to establish transformative programs such as a travel abroad service club with destinations the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, a student-led news and comedy program, and established educational partnerships with organizations such as HP, Microsoft, Maker Ed and Facebook to expose students to opportunities outside of the classroom.
As the Enrichment Coordinator at Yu Ming, she plans intersession programming and field trips for lower and upper school; develops and supports the Extended Care Program curriculum; and supports the art, music, and physical education teachers in their programs. Her goal is to create programs that strengthen student culture and belonging at school and that bring joy to the school environment. In addition to her leadership role, Lucy teaches the G5-8 Design Lab classes. She is passionate about developing engaging Maker and STEAM curriculum for young people with a futurist mindset, culturally relevant educational practices, and nurturing student confidence through creativity and leadership in the classroom.
Lucy was born and raised in Oregon but has lived in the Bay Area since graduating high school, earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of San Francisco and studying at California College of the Arts.