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A caring and nurturing team of educators

At KidsFolio, our educators are enthusiastic and passionate about learning. Our creative teachers guide each student in finding their unique artistic voice. We mentor children to use their imagination and artistic skill as a form of communication and self-expression. We have fun exploring the art world, and the best part is getting messy while learning.   


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Jowa Alfano, Founder

Hello, Hola! 

Jowa Alfano, Founder and principal instructor at KidsFolio, is an artist who has found her true passion in teaching and inspiring children to be creative. Jowa received a Bachelor's in Fine Arts degree and a Master's in Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, New York, NY. She worked as an Art Director for three years at a local New York City television station before becoming a teacher. Jowa was accepted into the prestigious New York Teaching Fellows teacher program in 2013 and received her Masters of Science in Education degree from Long Island University in 2015, with a concentration in Special Education. Since then, she has worked as a teacher in NYC, Hoboken, and Union City, NJ public schools, committed to helping children succeed. She received her certificate in Business Entrepreneurship in 2019 from Cornell University. 

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Alyssa Baez, Co-Founder

Welcome, Nice to meet you! 

Alyssa Baez, Co-founder at KidsFolio, is a lifelong Union City resident who has always been driven to help the children of her community learn and grow in holistic and innovative ways. Alyssa received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in School Counseling from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. She has worked as a childcare worker for over six years at a local preschool center in Union City before becoming a certified school counselor for grades K-12. Alyssa has focused mainly on social-emotional approaches with children. Alyssa has worked closely with the Hoboken Board of Education Special Education Department in serving children with learning and social disabilities. Alyssa is an active member of the New Jersey City Universities Board of Advisors Counseling Department. Committed to providing a safe and inviting learning environment, Alyssa is thrilled to initiate an art center for children and see the profound impact KidsFolio will make on countless lives.