Kyriakakos said she infuses her art classes with life lessons that will serve her students well beyond whatever charcoal sketch or sculpture they're working on that day.
"In the class here, we teach how to work hard, perservere, build resilience ... focus, mindfulness, all these things they need to be successful citizens. I teach it," she said. "That's why they need art. They don't need one art class, they need five."