Galina Yakovenko


For me the questions, “What do you do?” and “Who are you?” have the same answer. I am a teacher. I can’t imagine a better way to spend my life than working with young people, learning, growing, exploring, creating, and developing meaningful relationships with children and their families.

Below, you’ll find photos of several projects from my teaching artist days.

Painting at Allendale Elementary with 3rd - 5th Graders

We learned to mix many different shades of each basic color, including browns. Then, students created a painted self-portrait from a photograph.

Color Mixing and Fractions at Sankofa Academy with 4th - 5th Graders

Students created recipes for their original colors by recording which fraction of their color was red, yellow, blue, or white. Then students used these colors for self portraits.

Food Chains and Food Webs at Sankofa Academy with 4th - 5th Graders

Students imagined their own carnivores, omnivores, herbivores, decomposers, and producers for a class food web.

Screenprinting at Oakland Tech with 9th - 12th Graders

We created designs and hand printed t-shirts to publicize the on-campus clinic.

American History with 4th - 5th graders at Sankofa Academy

Students created physical geographical maps of the United States, made crafts similar to those made by Native Americans in different parts of the country, and created stop motion animations about American history using the world maps they created.

Geography with 3rd graders at Sankofa Academy

Students created drawings of regions and physical features of California

Mural about Kindness with 1st graders at Sankofa Academy