Meet The Team
Candace was born in El Paso and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She returned to El Paso at the age of sixteen to attend EPCC and later UTEP. She received a BA in art education from the University of Texas at El Paso and a MAE from Texas Tech University. She has taught art I, dual credit, and international baccalaureate art at El Dorado High School for 14 years. In 2016, Candace and her students received the honor of being the sole winners in the nation for a community service project that promoted environmentalism and art. This project, later called the It’s Your World Project, had community members collecting trash from the highway, cleaning/sorting it, then turning it into artwork. Local recycled art workshops were hosted in order to educate the public on environmental issues. A recycled art contest was also hosted, called Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure. Chelsea Clinton visited El Paso twice in order to help Candace and her students raise awareness about this project. The cleanups, workshops, and art contest have continued to grow and receive community support. As a result of this, Candace and other community members decided to start a non-profit, Green Hope Project, to continue these endeavors. Candace believes that large-scale, positive change is possible when like-minded individuals come together and take action.
Zulema was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BFA including a concentration in graphic design and education. In the fall of 2006 she began teaching. She has taught art1, AP art studio 2d, AP art history, digital arts 1,2&3, UT onramps arts & entertainment technologies. Currently she is a digital arts teacher at Chapin high school in El Paso, Texas. It's an awareness of the damage being caused to our environment, combined with her passion for art and teaching that compels her to take part in this venture.
Darlene is a middle school teacher certified in Social Studies and Language Arts with 17 years of teaching experience. She graduated from UTSA with a degree in American Studies. Her personal interests are in history, social sciences and ecology. She is especially interested in assisting with curriculum and implementation of Metamorphosis on other campuses, districts and cities.