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Brenda Lynn Gress Bartnick, American art educator. Certified teacher art, emotional disturbance, psychology. Named Advances of Year, Orange County Counselor's Association, 1995; grantee, Kids In Need SHOPA Foundation, 2003, 2005; scholar excellence in teaching art, Orange County Public Schools/Grand Bohemian Hotel; Darden Restaurants Innovative grantee, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006-2007, 2009.


Bartnick, Brenda Lynn Gress was born on October 14, 1955 in Brooklyn. Daughter of Paul and Claire (Shabsis) Gress.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture magna cum laude, University Miami, 1977. Bachelor in Psychology magna cum laude, University Miami, 1977. Master of Education, University Center Florida, 1983.


Counselor, art Camp Joseph, Lake McWain, Maine, 1973. Educator University Miami, High School Equivalency Program, Coral Gables, Florida, 1974-1975. Assistant to curator Lowe Art Museum, 1976.

Senior advertising representative The Key West Citizen Newspaper, Florida, 1977-1978. Educator Gerald Adams Elementary School, Key West, 1978. Educator, special education, severely emotionally disturbed Cherokee School, Orlando, Florida, 1979-1982.

Educator, special education, behavior specialist Project ECHO, 1982-1984. Educator, special education, emotionally handicapped Lancaster Elementary School, 1984-1987. Diagnostician Magnolia School, 1987-1989.

Behavior specialist Orange County Public Schools, 1989—1994, SAFE coordinator, 1994—2001. Art educator Ocoee (Florida) Middle School, since 2001. Consultant Seminole County Public Schools, Orlando, 1986.


  • Certified teacher art, emotional disturbance, psychology.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: EHSED Autistic Newsletter, 1989-1990. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Troop leader, Daisy Girl Scouts, Orlando, 1986. Volunteer Lake Watch (Florida) March of Dimes. Member National Art Education Association, Florida Art Education Association, Orange County Art Education Association.


  • Other Interests

    Scuba diving, horseback riding, canoeing, ink drawings, sculpture.


Married William Michael Bartnick, June 30, 1974. Children: Brianna Rae, Scott Ian.

Paul Gress

Claire (Shabsis) Gress

William Michael Bartnick

Brianna Rae Bartnick

Scott Ian Bartnick