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Carina Ybarra

Employee Information

Middle School, Upper School, Visual Arts
Visual Art Teacher, Art Chair for Middle & Upper School

Contact Information

Room / Office
The Dino R. Ghilotti Motta Visual Arts Center

Education & Achievements

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Dominican University
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, Lewis & Clark College
Monoprint Course, Dominican University
Spanish 101, College of Marin
Teacher Grant Summer Program, Academy of Art University
AP Art Institute: Studio Art Summer Program, Sacramento State University
Summer Course: Maximize Student Success Through Enhanced Instructional Design, Dominican University
Teacher & Community Based Project Developer; Peace Corps Service, Africa
SFMOMA Education Program Coordinator Intern
Head Art Teacher, Marin School of the Arts
Fluent in French


At SD Since

Carina Ybarra holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Lewis & Clark College, and a California teaching credential in art from Dominican University. As an undergraduate, Carina studied art in East Africa. After graduating, she worked in the Department of Education at the SFMOMA. She then joined the Peace Corps, living in a remote West African village, without electricity or running water. There she taught English and AIDS education to francophone students and worked in community development, creating a nationally recognized girls’ club.

After her Peace Corps service, Carina spent a year traveling solo around the world, through Africa, Europe, southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. She has worked as head art teacher at Marin School of the Arts and at Palo Alto High School, among other schools.

Carina has also worked with St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room in San Rafael, leading students in creating artwork, based on photographs of diners, with the goal of teaching students that art can be a positive force for social awareness and change.

In her spare time, Carina enjoys working in her home studio on her Encaustic Painting. Carina shows her own professional artwork in the teaching artists’ exhibit "Inspire" with YIA annually.

For three years running, Carina has spent her summer enrolled in the Dominican University Summer Course "Maximize Student Success Through Enhanced Instructional Design".

Carina was recently selected as one among the first few teachers in the nation to pilot the College Board’s AP with WE Service program. This program was designed to help teachers integrate service-learning opportunities into their AP curricula.

“My favorite part of being a member of the San Domenico community is co-creating the sense of commitment and enthusiasm that makes San Domenico so unique.


  • The Grumbacher Art Award
  • Wrote & received grant from US Embassy to implement regional African girls' health and AIDS education seminar

Professional Development

  • Monoprint Course, Dominican University
  • Spanish 101, College of Marin
  • Art Workshop for Teachers, Marin Art Teachers, Marin
  • Studio Art Workshop, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley
  • Screenprinting workshop, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley
  • Monoprint workshop, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley
  • Felting Workshop, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley
  • Encaustic Workshop, The Image Flow, Mill Valley
  • Ceramics Open Studio, Mill Valley Potter's Studio, Mill Valley

Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, AP with WE Service Pilot Program: AP Studio Art at San Domenico
  • “Inspire: Teaching Artist Exhibit", Marin Youth in Arts, "Art Exhibition"
  • Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art Exhibit, Linda Penzur Gallery, San Rafael, "Art Exhibition"