Clarissa is a lifelong artist and maker with a passion for alternative education. She believes that play is essential to learning and that children are naturally curious and intelligent. Clarissa studied illustration at Pratt Institute and continued on to study the Montessori method of education after earning her BFA. In addition to being a part of the team at PlayArts, Clarissa owns her own small business selling her handmade pottery. She adores being outside, baking vegan desserts, and reading fantasy novels out loud to her partner.