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Dr. Amy Pieniazkiewicz-Grude

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I am so excited to serve the Antioch 34 school district!  This is my 17th year in education.  I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (the school attached to the museum w the lions in front).  Later, I finished my masters in Curriculum and Instruction, then Educational Leadership and most recently in May of 2018, I graduated with my Ed. Leaderhip Doctorate from Concordia.  I LOVE teaching kids about art and using art as a way to help them learn other more important skills like problem solving, critical thinking, building self esteem, identity, building community, respecting differences in cultures and people, and many other important global life skills.  

I am a wife and Dog Mom of 4, 4 legged Australian Shepherds and a Border Collie. Tootsie is 11 and Lace is 4, Linkin, a 3-5 year old Border Collie that we adopted March 28, 2020 during COVID, and finally, Forest, a puppy that was born in our home on May 30, 2020 during COVID while we were fostering his momma.  They keep my husband and I on our toes!  We love to go camping and traveling with them.  We also love to try new dog sports.  Lace and I are enrolled in agility classes at Flint Creek here in Antioch and we go to Bisquit Beach (a salt water pool) there regularly.  

When I am not teaching, I am rescuing dogs, planning an event or fundraiser for Placing Paws of IL; a local rescue group that we volunteer for, cooking, playing with my dogs or trying a new restaurant.  I also am the Midwest Rep for Australian Shepherds Furever, a nationwide Aussie rescue.  

All of my art lessons are universally designed, so ALL students can create a version of what we are creating.  If you ever need to reach me, email is the easiest at

I look forward to getting to know all of my students' parents and guardians.