Lilian Bityou, a first generation Assyrian-American, is a visual arts teacher. Her expertise is in drawing and painting with an emphasis on portraiture, but she also enjoys printmaking and metalsmithing. Lilian’s favorite painting is Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist. She has donated artwork to be auctioned off for a non for profit organization for relief and aid to Assyrians in the Middle East, collaborated in creating an ofrenda that was displayed at the National Museum of Mexican art, and lead professional learning in the arts for over 30 schools.
Lilian attended Loyola University Chicago and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts. Upon graduation, Lilian worked at the University of Illinois Chicago in the Department of Psychiatry’s Clinical Neuropsychology Department as a psychometrist for six years before obtaining her Master in the Arts of Teaching from Columbia College Chicago.
Her teaching philosophy is rooted in developing life-long passionate learners hoping to inspire students to be reflective and to critically examine their classroom learning to understand the transferability of classroom activities to real world experiences. Lilian’s curriculum focuses on the foundational skills of drawing and painting through a thematic unit of instruction.
Her teacher leadership experience has been building teacher capacity through professional learning focused on understanding that intentional planning leads to alignment between intended versus implemented learning outcomes and empowering colleagues to critically examine their teaching planning and practice to increase student achievement and motivation.