University of Michigan
University of Miami (OH)
773-456-7890; asteph@cps.edu

Catalina Bellizzi (who goes by Ms. BZ) is a practicing artist and art educator who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art Education. During her time at SAIC, she worked as a student and alumni representative for the office of admissions, where she was trained to review portfolios and help students get accepted into the school. College readiness for the “creative” types is a subject Ms. BZ knows a lot about and loves to assist students who are interested in pursuing an artistic career with.

Alongside being an art teacher for 5 years, BZ has experience as an SpED instructional assistant, teaching math in Northwestern University’s Saturday Enrichment Program for gifted students, reading intervention at Jahn, and leading an after school Spanish club. With a wide variety of teaching experiences, one of Ms. BZ’s goals is to find relevant areas of integration between the arts and other subjects, forever exploring how the arts improve academics and give students the tools needed to be college and real-world ready. 

Curriculum-wise, students at Jahn can enjoy a wide variety of mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, and many more) with very high standards and a lot of room for exploration and improvisation. Ms. BZ loves to teach specific, attainable skills that take student work to the next level, drawing out the intrinsic talent and excellence that is already present within the incredible students at Jahn. Out of all the schools she has taught at, Jahn students are by far the most naturally inclined to art, easily picking up new techniques, creating work that is far beyond the typical level of kids their age, and cultivating a positive creative atmosphere that is welcoming to new student artists.

Ms. Bellizzi is half-Colombian, half-Argentine and loves the diversity at Jahn. Using the arts, BZ enjoys encouraging students to fully embrace who they are and celebrate the various cultures represented at our school.