Welcome back Cunningham! My name is Ms. Akpan. Yes, my last name is a little tricky. It's pronounced "awk-pawn" and it is Nigerian! I was born in Tucson, AZ and have lived in New York for 5 years now. I attended Arizona State University where I earned my bachelors degree in Art Education with a minor in Dance. Oh yeah almost forgot, I love dance as much as I love art and I hope to start a dance club at Cunningham! I've danced since I was 7 in the styles of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, west african and currently perform as a member of Kim Elliott Dance Company. I have also recently had a chance to illustrate a children's book that will be going into publishing soon!
I am so excited to be joining the Cunningham family for my third year with the NYC Department of Education. I am also going back to school this year to earn my masters degree in Arts Administration. Growing up art and dance were always my favorite classes. I worked hard to succeed in all my academic courses, but the arts always made me feel alive! I am excited to offer my students the same creative outlets as we explore digital media arts! Let's have a great year!