Barbara Mandel taught art for 14 years at the Lowell School, an independent lower school in Washington, D.C. She now teaches middle school art at Holton-Arms. She has an art education certification as well as a master of arts in art therapy. Prior to teaching at Lowell, Barbara was an art therapist for 15 years at Graydon Manor, a residential treatment center. She also taught art at Create Expressive Arts Center, where she was the administrative assistant. Barbara has received several grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to provide art therapy to abused women and their children, and she also served briefly as the managing editor of ChildArt magazine. An avid watercolor painter, Barbara spends her summers painting at art centers such as the Monteverde Studio of the Arts in Costa Rica and Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. She exhibits locally.