Rachna's Home Art and Garden

About Me


I spent 20+ of my early life growing up in Nigeria, where I graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering and taught the same to undergrad students at the Ahmadu Bello university, Zaria. I pursued a Civil Engineering career for a few years and also taught at a college in India, until I decided to pursue things I was more passionate about. One thing led to another, and here I am today teaching and practicing art and gardening.
My Background in Art Smart: I am the Director of the Art Smart program at Tualatin Valley Academy (TVA). In this capacity, I teach 4 new Art Smart projects each year, from different cultures around the world, to about 170 children from preschool through 6th grade, and to some parent volunteers as well. I've been teaching Art Smart at Tualatin Valley Academy for 6+ years and have taught over 25 unique projects, each with a unique cultural background and practical application. Kids and parents absolutely love the Art Smart projects, and I love seeing the excitement in their eyes. You can read their testimonials here.


Starting 2019-2020 school year, I am personally funding the entire Art Smart program at TVA, including the Art Show held during Open House. I'm offering Art Smart Summer Camps to raise money for the Art Smart program at Tualatin Valley Academy. If you would like to contribute towards funding of the TVA Art Smart Program, please feel free to contribute here

My Background in Gardening: My interest in gardening goes back to my childhood over 30 years back as I grew up in Nigeria. My father pursued his hobby in gardening against many odds and I started by helping him and learning from him. Over the years I've maintained that hobby and for the past 15+ years I've maintained a lush garden of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, trying new varieties each growing season. It's a great feeling to do gardening and during the growing season I grow more produce than is consumed by our family. Much of the extra gets canned or frozen for consumption beyond the growing season. Due to the scarcity of exotic (Indian) plants in my town, and growing interest and encouragement from my friends and family, I've decided to make some of what I grow available for those interested in growing their own.