I am a freelance illustrator and elementary art teacher. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in Illustration (B.S.) in 2012 and a Masters of Science in Education and Learning with an endorsement and license in Art Education in 2021. I enjoy creating artwork that merges imagination with telling a story.

I also enjoy sipping tea, sitting with my cat Sherlock, and finding beauty in the little details of everyday life.

After working with a corporation for over 4 years as a Marketing and Design Coordinator, I began teaching art to elementary students.

My drive in teaching has been to enable elementary level students with the building blocks of art and visual communication. Through the practice of art, my goal is to instill students with a sense of agency over their lives as they develop skills in communication, problem solving, and identity.

ABOUT BESS A. De La Cruz (Yontz)