Phone: 651-293-8610


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Science in Education - Fine Arts University of Wisconsin - River Falls Bachelor of Fine Arts-University of Wisconsin

Ms. Colamatteo


As the art teacher at Cherokee Heights, the students call me Ms. Terri and/or Ms. Colamatteo. I love working at Cherokee Heights because I live in the neighborhood and love working at a school where I feel I am a part of the children's community as well. The staff are a terrific team as well all passionate about what we do and why.

Outside of school, I love hiking, yoga, skiing, birding, gardening, and family. The art I am interested in involves textile arts. Making silk scarves using indigo dyes and shibori (Japanese tie dye techniques), weaving rugs and blankets, embroidery and drawing people. I have been in many art sales in the past, but now I am focused on art for my own friends ,family and myself.







Serves on the Visual Arts Steering Committee, St. Paul Public School District

Committee Member for the Family Teacher Organization (FTO) at Cherokee Heights Elementary

Member of Arts Educators of MN (AEM) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA)



Born in Chicago, Illinois

Married to Karl Hakanson, 2 daughters Sonja and Kara

Lives on west side of St. Paul, Cherokee Heights Neighborhood



  • Art Teaching Philosophy:

    Growing and Guiding Greatness through the exploration of art, listening to the child's voice of imagination and seeing the creativity in every child. Celebrate cultures, traditions and a sense of place as a global community.


    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Pablo Picasso