Arnisha Paxman, Lead Counselor

Arnisha Paxman, Lead Counselor

Arnisha Paxman was born in Arizona into Cherokee, Creole and Ghanaian ancestry. Her family moved to Omaha in the 1980s, where she lived for fifteen years before relocating to the Southwest and then to the United Kingdom.

Arnisha focused on the visual and performance arts in high school with every intention of completing degrees in World Art and Museum Studies. Life intervened, as did other areas of fascination, eventually leading to three years of teaching English as a Foreign Language, and a contemporary craft practice that spans making, writing, museum interpretation and facilitation.

For more than two decades, Arnisha supported the creativity, learning and development of children and young adults from culturally diverse communities across Greater Omaha, Tucson, Arizona and England. After many years abroad, she returned to the Omaha area to support Art Works - Joslyn Art Museum's interactive learning space - before moving to Lincoln in October 2015. Arnisha currently mentors students active in the Lighthouse After School Programme at Southeast High School. She is excited about her new leadership role at Spark Summer Learning.

Arnisha is an identical twin; her sister lives in Omaha. She is married to an Englishman who writes Young Adult fiction. She enjoys making sculptural narratives for play, decoration and collection, completing challenging jigsaw puzzles, and reading historical narrative, West African folktales and children's picture books. She also serves as a Docent at the Sheldon Museum of Art.