Early Childhood Education Faculty


Early Childhood Education Faculty & Staff

Lori Coffey

Lori is the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at VMFA, guiding and provoking learning experiences in children ages 3 months to five years old. Lori expanded the ECE programs to include infants and toddlers and implemented pedagogy from the Reggio Emilia teaching approach. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages in public schools and private settings. She holds a BA in Art Education and a BA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

April Heitchue

April is an Early Childhood Educator at VMFA, leading the Preschool Group Visit program. April has developed interactive storytelling and sensory activities for ECE programs. She is a state certified art educator and has taught young children in a variety of settings, including public schools and libraries. She holds a MA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies and received a BA in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

Corrin Brewer

Corrin is an Early Childhood Educator at VMFA, teaching Tots of Art and Wee-Kids Workshops. She has taught various art classes, camps, and children’s programs in the Richmond area. She writes and illustrates children's books, gathering inspiration from her students. She holds a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Fine Arts in the Communication Arts field as well as a Fine Arts Certificate from John Tyler Community College.



Ariel Richards

Ariel’s career in creative arts began in London, England as a design assistant and then as a Youth Campaigns Coordinator, using her design, and illustrative talents to inspire and motivate children. Her experience and love of visual art, design and architecture drives her daily life and her eagerness to share that love with children. She holds a BA in Studio Art and English literature from San Diego State University.

Kathryn Rickards

Kathryn is an Early Childhood Educator at VMFA, and teaches the Infants and Preschool Wee-Kids Workshops. She also teaches in K-12 environments, and hopes to bring inquisitive, exploratory learning experiences to all of her students. She is particularly interested in access and multiple ways of knowing and the ways in which these connect to her work. She received her BFA in Art Education with minors in Art History and Painting/Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Call for Teaching Proposals

Educators with early childhood and art education experience are encouraged to send in teaching proposals! Individuals interested in proposing a workshop not currently offered at Early Childhood Education Programs are encouraged to email vmfapreschoolprograms@vmfa.museum. Please include a descriptive cover letter, resume, workshop description, and, if available, a website address or blog. All proposals will be considered. Please familiarize yourself with our current offerings before you submit a proposal. Course offerings are set at least six months in advance of each semester.