Tina Spencer is one of our art instructors. She obtained a Bachelor of Art Therapy degree from Marygrove College. She is a multimedia artist focused on using art as a tool for personal growth, insight and transformation. Art therapy provides a unique nonverbal language with use of color, shape, lines and images. Through her experiences, she has found art is an incredible form of self-expression for individuals of all ages and capabilities. Tina believes that everyone can benefit from art and its ability to repair, restore, heal, and improve one's self.
Meet our Staff
Pamela Travis is the Assistant Director at Living and Learning. She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Madonna University, a Masters degree in Education from Marygrove College, as well as, a special education certificate with a focus on emotional impairments from Wayne State University. Prior to coming to Living and Learning, she was a teacher for fourteen years working with a wide variety of ages and abilities. Working with teens and adults with special needs is not only Pamela’s passion, she is also a parent of a child with special needs. She is walking this journey with you.
Jesse is a music therapist with over 7 years of experience in the field. He studied at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University and has been a guitar teacher for over 20 years. He loves using music to elicit emotional growth, personal expression, bilateral brain activity, anti-stress effects, and to develop social dynamics. Music is one of the true healers we possess and it is his great joy to bring music to his clients in a way that is meaningful to them.
Evan has been on the Living and Learning staff since June 2016. Evan has worked with individuals with disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, for the past 12 years. He is currently a special education teacher at Rochester Adams High School, working primarily with students with emotional impairments. Prior to working in Rochester, Evan worked in the Bloomfield Hills School District as a 5th and 6th grade special education teacher, as well as spending 5 years as a high school special education teacher at Lackey High School, in Charles County, Maryland. He has also worked as a respite care provider, as Assistant Director of Camp Mirage (in Livonia, MI), a camp counselor, Special Olympics coach, and tutor. Evan graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA in Secondary Special Education and Health Education. He also has pursued Master’s level courses at EMU in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and is currently enrolled in an online Master’s degree program at the University of Arkansas pursuing a degree in physical education. Evan finds the greatest joy in his work when he gets to be physically active with his clients and students, and when he is able to introduce them to new experiences in the outdoors, creating new recreational and occupational opportunities , and expanding their social networks. He has a passion for enhancing enrichment and quality of life among teens and adults with disabilities, and harboring strong, meaningful, and long-lasting relationships. In his free time, Evan enjoys cooking, traveling, kayaking, hiking, playing sports, and being active (perhaps, a bit hyperactive!). He currently lives in Royal Oak, MI, with his fiance.