I have over 25 years experience teaching art and gifted students at all levels and in many different settings. I have taught in public schools in urban and rural (reservation) settings, for home school groups, in a private school for gifted students, as well as in an institutional setting (detention center), and at summer arts camps. I also teach workshops for art educators and lead therapeutic art workshops for colleagues, seniors, and tourists.
Although each lesson is founded on the common core arts standards, standards of other disciplines are addressed as well. I am a strong proponent of student directed and project based learning. The arts in particular easily follow this individualized and differentiated approach to education because art is a personal expression of each student's thoughts and feelings. It touches all our learning styles and modalities: visual-spatial, tactile (kinesthetic), verbal (linguistic), auditory, mathematical, musical, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. I teach the art of seeing rather than copying, and address emotional intelligence in my art lessons for maximum expressiveness.
National Honor Roll Outstanding Teacher 2006, Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2005, Ganado High School Teacher-of-the-Year 2005, Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, University of Northern Colorado Honors Program Invitation
Master of Arts, Art Education and Asian Art, Prescott College 2011, Bachelor Arts, Education, University of Northern Colorado 1988, Fine Arts Major, University of Colorado 1973-1975, Graduate Studies, Special Education, Educational Psychology, University of Northern Colorado 1990-2000, Graduate Studies, Gifted Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Phoenix 2002-2004
Certification: Standard Secondary Education Art; Endorsements: K-12 Art, K-12 Gifted, K-12 ESL; Memberships: National Art Education Association, Arizona Art Education Association, Arizona Commission for the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, American Association of University Women