Lynne Jordan Horoschak was born in Allentown, PA in 1943. She grew up in an area where there were not many opportunities to attend cultural events, but, somehow, her parents instilled in her an appreciation for the arts. Although her parents were not artistic, they were creative - enjoying gardening, sewing, and cooking. Her mother was a great influence on her life in many ways, as well as other women, like Barbara Weisburger, the founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She took private art lessons for several years because there were no art classes in her high school.
At 17, Lynne went to Holland as an exchange student and attended an art school there. She was accepted to Moore and intended to be a fashion illustrator. In the summer of her sophomore year, she got a job with the YWCA of New York City in the Catskills as an art teacher. This was a turning point in her life. George Sklar, her mentor at Moore, encouraged her to become an art teacher. As an undergraduate at Moore, she was on student council and residents’ council, where she was given leadership opportunities. She thinks being at an all women’s college empowers the students.
Her first job out of college was as an art teacher at a North Philadelphia elementary school. Her art room became a sanctuary for the students. Although her job was not specifically to teach children with special needs, she always had an interest in doing so. At the time, there was no curriculum specific to teaching art to special needs populations.
The second school where she taught, Loesche Elementary, became very committed to bringing special needs children to the school, so Lynne had a lot of on-the-job experience. Lynne believes that every person is creative and teaching art is about getting children in touch with their creativity; art changes lives.
In 1993, Lynne was asked to teach an art methods course at Moore, while she was still teaching fulltime at Loesche. In 1996, she designed and taught the first course at Moore that focused on teaching art to children with special needs. This is a required class for all art education majors. One of the main points of the class is that teachers must know the children in order to adapt the teaching style to the child. This applies to all children – not just those with special needs. What is unique about this class is that it is not just theory – the children actually came to the class and worked with the art education majors. She says some graduates get hired specifically because of their experience working with special needs children. Lynne recognizes that no matter where students ultimately teach, they are going to be working with children with special needs, so she wants her students to be prepared.
Lynne is now developing a graduate program at Moore called a Masters in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Needs. Nothing like this exists elsewhere in the country.
Her hope is that the graduates of the program will be so motivated that they will make an impact on how children with disabilities are taught through the arts.
Lynne was nominated for the George Bartol Arts in Education Fellowship by one of her mentors at Tyler School of Art. The award recognizes a person who uses the arts in innovative and creative ways. As a result of the award, a booklet, “Lessons from an Art Teacher,” was published on her work.
Lynne received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Moore in 1999.
Lynne has spent almost a lifetime at Moore – from being an undergrad, to teaching part time, to chairing the department, and now starting a new graduate program. “You put into (Moore) whatever you want, and you get it back four-fold. It’s a great place to be.”
Lynne is also an exhibiting oil painter. Her work is an expression of her emotions and spirituality.