About Me


Maryellen Grillo has been at St. Joe’s for the last 11 years.  She previously taught at the Academy of the Holy Angles and at St. Joseph Academy in Bogota.  Maryellen is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she earned a BFA in Illustration.  She received her certification through the Alternate Route Program at Ramapo College.


Bergen County, NJ

Teaching philosophy:

Since I began teaching, my philosophy has always been to put emphasis on cross-curricular projects and activities. Arts Education is a big part of 21st century thinking.  It can provide information about where we came from and how that has shaped our current place in the world. I am a firm believer that art is a way to engaging students and allowing them to make connections across all subject areas. It builds connections that reinforce related concepts and it provides a better understanding and allows students a glance behind the scenes of historical and cultural events.

When I am not at SJR you will find me:

Puttering around my house, baking, knitting or something else creative.

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I like working at SJR because:

Everyday is a new adventure!