Darron DeSantis, originally from Keene, New Hampshire, has been a resident of East Ridge since 2012. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Plymouth State University and studied at The Savannah College of Art and Design. Darron taught in public preschools and elementary schools in New England for 14 years. In 2010, after being unlawfully terminated from employment, he became homeless and jobless for the first time in his life. After a brief rocky period, Mr. DeSantis became a member of Chattanooga’s AIM Center and received treatment for Bipolar Disorder. He is an active volunteer at his church, as well as at his local Masonic Lodge. He continues to find solace in creating art, primarily enjoying illustration with pen & ink and watercolor. His work often focuses on historical sites and landmarks, due to his avid interest in history.