Michelle Bontemps

Arts Director

Michelle Bontemps is an educator and artist with more than 20 years of experience cultivating creativity and work ethic in young people.

She has more than 40 years’ experience in the performing arts, and has performed in the secular and gospel arena, with artists including Mariah Carey in Madison Square Garden and Josh Groben at Radio City Music Hall. Ms. Bontemps released an EP, “Reflections” in 2004, followed by 2019’s “Decree Life”.

Ms. Bontemps has been a part of the Bronx Arts family since 2020, initially serving as a SETSS Teacher for Grades 6 – 8, where she worked closely with students with IEPs to ensure they were properly accommodated for success. She currently serves as Arts Director, striving to ensure all her students understand that they can carve their own path to success, through hard work, pursuing passion, and embracing joy. Ms. Bontemps has a passion for students who have academic challenges and knows that through the arts students can find a world that connects them back to education so that they move from surviving to thriving.

Ms. Bontemps holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science from the College of New Rochelle, and a Master of Arts in Childhood Education Grades 1 – 6 from Lehman College. She is currently pursuing a certification in educational leadership.