Artist / Educator with a Master’s degree and 5 years of classroom specific teaching experience, 9 years overall.
Art Curriculum Design: Design lessons that get students excited about creating art in a variety of media. Integrate cultural material, other disciplines, and higher order thinking skills into art learning. Support students’ development in creative thinking and expression. Encourage student dialogue and analysis around a rich array of images of professional art. Bring students into the evaluation process through rubrics and clear goals and guidelines.
Classroom Management and Integration: Warm and enthusiastic teaching style gets students excited about learning and art. Use responsive classroom practices to support student understanding and mastery of multi-step projects. Teach students to use creative problem solving to address conflicts as they arise. Creatively differentiate curricula and/or provide accommodations to meet the needs of diverse learners. Collaborate with other school staff to support students with learning differences.
Community Building: Communicate clearly in person, by phone, and through email with other teachers, administrative professionals, and parents from a range of backgrounds. Collaborate with other teachers to design multidisciplinary learning. Bring in creative professionals to meet with students. Creative, self-starter, skilled at negotiating a variety of educational environments.
Education, Honors, and Certifications
Masters of Art in Art Education, 2008, University of North Texas, GPA: 3.98. In 2002-2003 received the Marcus Fellowship.
Art Teacher, Wakefield Elementary School, Sherman Independent School District, Sherman, TX 2014-present
Teach art in a K-4 Title 1 elementary school. Emphasis on developing critical thinking skills alongside ‘Studio Habits of Mind’ through writing and discussion about adult and student art. Provide students with varied opportunities to develop skill in 2D and 3D media, such as painting, drawing, collage, clay, bookmaking, and more.
Teacher, Youth Villages, Germaine Lawrence Campus, Arlington, MA 2013-2014
Develop and teach differentiated curriculum for at risk girls in a therapeutic program. Design, prepare, and teach Social Studies and ELA curriculum for girls aged 12-18. Work as part of a team to design complementary learning experiences. Provide tutoring to individuals and/or small groups of students. Improve children’s behavior through coping skills and other therapeutic interventions. Assist support counselors in crisis response as necessary.
Museum Education Coordinator, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA 2011-2012
Managed all Museum Education Programs in a fast paced, small to mid-sized art museum, overseeing school partnerships, 40 adult volunteer teachers, teen professional development program, family learning, hands-on gallery activities, community outreach, and museum education website. Initiated collaboration between departments to strengthen educational message and marketing. Collaborated with K-12 and University Educators to write curricula aligned with classroom requirements. Strengthened Teen program by adding 6 career exploration workshops at prestigious art institutions. Hired, trained, and managed Museum Education Interns, Teen Volunteers, and Adult Volunteer Teachers. Researched and wrote successful grants and National Endowment for the Arts grant report.
Thesis Director, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 2012
Guided Masters candidate in Museum Education through the process of researching and writing her thesis. Directed graduate student towards relevant books, journals, and authors. Modeled best practices in Museum Education. Facilitated her participation in adding in museum education programs at the Danforth Museum of Art. Edited each thesis draft.
Art Specialist, St. Stephen’s B-SAFE Summer Program, Dorchester, MA Summer 2011
Wrote powerful, effective curricula for elementary and middle school students from low income, urban communities. Taught art classes and mentored teen counselors.
Visual Arts Teacher, Long Term Substitute, Memorial Spaulding Elementary School, Newton, MA December, 2010 – June, 2011
Taught an interdisciplinary art program in a K-5 elementary school. Quickly developed positive relationship with students and cultivated parent support through regular feedback and communication. Collaborated with classroom teachers and school librarian to create art units that supported student learning in Social Studies, Language Arts, and Science. Successfully differentiated curricula to meet the needs of diverse learners. Created beautiful displays of student work and oversaw creation of a new school mural.
All Level Art Teacher and Art Department Director,The Selwyn School, Denton, TX 2007-2009
Directed and taught a comprehensive pre-k through 12 school art program at an independent all-level college prep school. Taught dynamic Advanced Placement classes. Supervised University of North Texas pre-service teachers. Collaborated with teachers and community stakeholders to enrich student experience in the arts. Managed limited budget to support the development of exciting and varied art making experiences for learners. Designed accommodations to support students with learning disabilities.
Gallery Instructor, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX 2004-2005
Designed and implemented dynamic programs and tours at a mid-sized art museum. Drew from deep grounding in education theory to create gallery learning experiences for urban and rural public school students that aligned with state learning standards. Modified tour curricula for students from preschool to medical school. Taught popular professional development workshops to other educators and assisted in training volunteers. Also facilitated fun, informal studio classes for families.
Online Museum Learning Paid Internship, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX 2005
Studied both curatorial research and primary documents to create engaging online lessons based on a collection of bird’s eye view maps.
School Programs Talented and Gifted Teacher, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX 2003-2004
Collaborated with a team of educators to design interdisciplinary, multiple visit learning program for urban public school students identified as academically advanced. As the head teacher, led dynamic tours which were popular with students and teachers alike. Trained volunteer gallery teachers to lead effective interdisciplinary tours.
Art Museum Education Paid Intern, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Summer, 2003
Awarded a competitive internship in the Museum Education Department of the Art Institute of Chicago. Worked with several departments to help design educational programming in the galleries and online. Researched and wrote for Art Institute of Chicago website. Developed tours for specific programs such as the Elder Hostel program and a new (at that time) preschool program. Spent much of my teaching time developing rapport with students from at-risk and/or urban backgrounds.
Parent Educator, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, City of Austin, Austin, TX 1998―2000
Designed and implemented fun, effective infant nutrition classes for urban and rural low income mothers, many of them teens. Counseled new mothers, individually, in the hospital. Provided guidance and training to new parent educators.
Software (PC and MAC environments):Adobe Photoshop and other photo editing software,Microsoft Windows®, Microsoft Word, Xcel, InDesign, PageMaker, Adobe Photoshop, Mac Operating Systems, PowerPoint
Professional Development in Education
Student Teacher, Borman Elementary School and Guyer High School, Denton, 2006
Planned and taught engaging, age appropriate lessons, using a variety of teaching aids, such as Children’s books, internet websites, and PowerPoint slideshows. Began to learn Spanish to better communicate with bilingual student population. Taught two Art I Classes, using websites and PowerPoint slideshows to facilitate learning. Designed and taught lessons for a successful combined AP 2D and 3D Studio class.
Professional Activities and Affiliations
Texas Art Education Association, New England Museum Association, Boston Museum Education Book Club, American Alliance of Museums, Boston Emerging Museum Professionals, Creative Cause, MAAM (Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums), Museum Education Roundtable, Museum-Ed Group, National Art Education Association (NAEA)