Kymberlee Behnia

Visual Arts Department Chair

I have my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University, and my Masters of Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University. There are many things that I enjoy: first, my family, then traveling, creating a variety of art, being outdoors near water (I grew up in Michigan and spent a lot of time on a lot of lakes!), and of course teaching! I knew McLean was the perfect fit from the moment I started teaching here in 1993! Growing up, school was difficult for me because of my attention issues and learning differences, so I wanted to become a teacher so that I could help students like me succeed in school. My goal is to help students find the tools, and develop the courage and confidence that it takes to thrive as unique individuals. Art is the conduit for me to reach and teach my students. Art serves students by giving voice to their feelings as they go through the cognitive process of creating and then provides immediate gratification that elevates their self-esteem. The joy of my profession is to be part of that process and enabling students to find their voice.

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
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