August 14, 2013 // Franchising.com // Sterling, VA - Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education is expanding its reach as it welcomes two new franchise units that will operate in neighboring Texas communities. With programs set to get underway this fall, children and families will soon benefit from access to creative art programs at Abrakadoodle's newest locations. Abrakadoodle-Houston Metro is led by franchise owner Charla Stuart of Houston (photo, center). Abrakadoodle-Katy will be led by franchise owners/sisters Joanna and Jennifer Quintero (photo, left & right, respectively) of Katy.
"We are delighted to welcome Charla, Jennifer and Joanna to our award-winning Abrakadoodle franchise system," said Rosemarie Hartnett CFE, President and Co-Founder of Abrakadoodle, Inc. "These talented women bring a winning combination of business and education experience with a passion for art, which I am confident will help ensure success in their respective communities that embrace the benefits of art education and cultural enrichment with an emphasis on developing creative thinkers."
Charla Stuart of Houston has an impressive background in which she has supported such educational initiatives as: creating a state-of-the-art child care facility for Enron employees, managing educational programs for NASA Johnson Space Center, and managing corporate and foundation grants for KIPP Houston Public Schools, among other positions within Houston's non-profit community. Ms. Stuart commented, "I am passionate about keeping art education in schools because art is often one of the first subjects sacrificed when schools face budget cuts. My son Aaron has found both joy and success with art, and Abrakadoodle is the kind of program that I want for him and kids like him." Charla was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Charla earned an MBA from Duke University and received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. She learned about Abrakadoodle when she read an article about the company in Black Enterprise Magazine. Charla and her husband William have two children: Christian, 15, and Aaron, 12.
Jennifer and Joanna Quintero, who moved from Venezuela to Texas in the past year, bring a tremendous combination of business and education experience, as well as roots in the visual arts. "We grew up amid canvas, brushes and paint," said Joanna Quintero of growing up with their mother, an artist and reflecting on a culturally rich life in Venezuela. Her sister Jennifer agrees, noting, "Our mother said that art is not copying, which made Abrakadoodle particularly attractive because of its process art philosophy with an emphasis on originality." According to Jennifer, "There are many reasons why we decided to open our Abrakadoodle business. I am thrilled to use my skills in education, and I have always wanted to contribute to the community in which I reside." Joanna commented, "We love Katy! It is a family city, and we feel that we can make a big difference in enriching the lives of children through quality art education." Jennifer has bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Education Management, as well as 10 years experience as an elementary teacher in preschool through grade three. Additionally, Jennifer possesses a Master's degree in Educational Technology and a MBA. Joanna enjoys art as a hobby, and she is a systems engineer. Joanna worked for Coca-Cola FEMSA for 9 years as Forecast Planning Manager and most recently was promoted to Strategic Planning Manager reporting to the COO and serving the company's board of directors. She is married and resides in Katy with her husband and sister.
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Creativity is the cornerstone of Abrakadoodle's award-winning multi-arts program for kids, which since it was founded in 2002, has delivered the very best in art classes, camps, parties, events and experiences to more than one-million children! Co-founded by award-winning educator/franchise developer Mary Rogers, MA.Ed, and children's services franchising expert Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE, Abrakadoodle sparks kids' imaginations while they think, create, discover, problem solve and build confidence. Art classes and programs are offered to children ages 20 months to 12 years old at host sites, such as schools, community centers, parks and recreation facilities and more. With Abrakadoodle franchise locations throughout the U.S. and in six international countries and growing, Abrakadoodle is literally building a world of creative kids' one child at a time.