Christine Puzzilla White

Profile Updated: August 17, 2009
Christine Puzzilla
Residing In: Portage, IN USA
Spouse/Partner: Jason White
Occupation: special education teacher and freelance artist
Children: Marie, born 2005
Military Service: U.S. Navy  
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I attended art school in NY and then Chicago (School of the Art Institute) where I got my BFA in 1993. I went on and got my MFA from U of Illinois at Chicago in film/animation in 2000. I worked for 8 years in the animation industry in Chicago as well as made a couple independent films that were shown in festivals in Chicago, NY, and CA. Though I hope to make more animated shorts again in the future, I plan to go the digital route, as film animation in very very expensive.

I also spent 14 years in the US Navy Reserve as an aircraft structural mechanic (I enjoy variety in life). I met my husband Jay in the Navy and we married in Dec 96.

During the years I worked as an animation artist, I also volunteered in the Chicago Public Schools working with at-risk students. I realized I enjoyed working with kids more than just sitting behind a drawing desk all day, so I went back to school several years ago to get my teaching license and M.S. in Special Education.

I have been a special education teacher now for 7 years in both Illinois and Indiana, but continue to work on freelance art projects when I get a chance. I have also taught animation and photography to my students as well as for kids at the local Boys and Girls clubs, alternative schools, and local colleges.

In 2005 I had my little girl Marie, which completely changed my life. We make art together all the time.

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