Jorge Somarriba is a professional Elementary and Secondary school art educator with a teaching career of 30 years. Originally from Nicaragua, Jorge is a US citizen who has lived in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area for the last 45 years. He holds an Associate Degree in Community Studies and, a BA in Studio Art from The American University in Washington, DC. Jorge Somarriba is a professional Elementary and Secondary school art educator with a teaching career of 30 years. He taught High and Middle School for 12 years with District of Columbia Public Schools and, for the past 18 years he has been teaching K-4 at an independent school in Bethesda, MD. Prior to teaching art in school settings, Jorge directed and painted outdoor community murals with teenagers during summer programs throughout the 1980’s in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia sponsored by various Youth Non-profit organizations in the metropolitan area.
During the 1990’s, Mr. Somarriba also conducted workshops for teachers on “The Mirror of Our Identity” through the Smithsonian’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to incorporate this art form into an academic multicultural curriculum.