Volunteers

Volunteer of the Month – Carol Sterling unnamed-1

Azalea Blossom’s featured Volunteer of the Month is Carol Sterling, a world renowned puppeteer currently residing in New York City. Carol Sterling is an arts educator and teaching artist who has devoted her life’s work to advocate for the importance of Arts Education in the lives of people all ages, from young people to older adults, and has served in arts and education leadership positions on local, state, regional, national and international levels for over fifty years. A passionate advocate for the arts in American Society with special emphasis on the critical role of arts education in K-12 education, Carol Sterling has written extensively about the field of Arts and Education. In addition, she has been a frequent presenter and workshop leader at local, state, national and international conferences including appearances in Australia, China, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, and Spain. Recognition of her work on behalf of inclusion of the Arts in Education reform earned her an invitation to The White House. Carol is the recipient of the Distinguished Service in Arts Education Award by the Alliance for Arts Education from the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. and is the recipient of the Puppeteers of America Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin Award for Contributions to the field of Education. She was also selected as a Fulbright Program Specialst and conducted arts education workshops in Uganda (2012), and India (2015).
Carol has served in leadership positions on local, state, regional, national and international levels. She is the former Director of Arts in Education for Brooklyn Arts Council, Director of Education for International Sculpture Center, Vice-President for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) in affiliation with The White House Scholars program, Director of Education for American Council for the Arts, Founding Director of Arts Partners (a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education with the Department of Cultural Affairs), Office of Youth Services and the Office of the Mayor,  and Arts Education Consultant with the New Jersey State Department of Education. She is a former Art Educator and art department chair for K-12 and guest art educator for children’s and adult programs for WCBS-TV, WNBC-TV, WABC-TV and others, as well as an award-winning children’s television producer, writer and host. Throughout her career she has held adjunct faculty appointments in schools of education in the metropolitan NYC area. Carol has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including the National Certification Team for Young Audiences; The School Art League in affiliation with the New York City Department of Education; Arts Advisory Committee for Doing Art Together in affiliation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Teacher Examination in Art Education for the Educational Testing Service; Arts Advisory Committee for The College Board; National Steering Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ Arts Education Consensus Project (NAEP); National Art Education Association Eastern Region Director for Supervision and Administration. Currently Carol is serving on the Board of Directors for The Jim Henson Foundation, The School Art League. ; The Judith S. Kaye High School.  Zawadi Africa Education Fund. and the Penny Jones Early Childhood Puppet Theatre. She is a certified New York State K-12 art teacher and a certified School District Administrator and Principal in New York and New Jersey.
Carol Sterling is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University (MA in Fine Arts and Art Education). She received an Education Administration Professional Certificate from New York University. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University (BA in Sociology) and The High School of Music & Art, New York City Public Schools.
Azalea Blossom is grateful and humbled for the time Carol has given towards overseeing and giving advice for the puppet segments of the SAFE through the arts program.
To learn more Carol, please visit: www.carolsterling.net

Sharrvaari MorgaonkkarIMG-3529

Sharrvaari is a Master’s student at New York University majoring in Management of Technology. She is currently interning with Azalea Blossom Incorporated in the field of Business Administration. She has previously worked in an Electronics Company back home in India as a Junior Project Coordinator. Sharrvaari volunteers with Best Friends.org which runs adoptions as well as helps animals. In her free time, she loves to explore Manhattan and visit crazy and exciting places all over New York. Being a big foodie Sharrvaari likes to try out different cuisines and taste different and unique foods. She is passionate about helping people and bringing a smile on their faces. She aspires to make a difference in people’s life by helping them along with excelling in her desired field.