Uniit Carruyo (she/her) is an artist, author, and educator with 25+ years experience with children 0-6. She is a Montessori teacher trainer, and has taught Montessorians nationally and internationally.

Ms. Carruyo's publications include the award winning Team Teaching in Early Childhood Settings: Leadership Tools for Reflective Practice (Red Leaf Press, 2017), Montessori Life, The Infant Toddler Journal, Ithaca Child, and Clarice, her self-published children's book.

She founded and directs Flaming Imagination, a professional development approach for educators and caregivers. Ms. Carruyo holds an MS Ed Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, a BS in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia, and an AMS 0-3 credential from CMTE.

Photo Credit: Olivia Grace Productions


Ms.Carruyo is based in the Finger Lakes of NY where she makes visual art, music, and treehouses. She works with salvaged, heat treated pallets to create one of a kind, encaustic and mixed media pieces.

Ms. Carruyo layers original photographs, beeswax, damar resin, found retroreflective glass and fuses them together with the heat of the flame on a birch ply substrate.

Uniit spends her days in her happy place, a tiny off grid treehouse art studio overlooking the valleys of the finger lakes, the honeypine trees, and the sweetest pond you've ever seen.

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Uniit Carruyo on Staying Creative Through Transitions, on Creative Recovery Podcast