After I received my art degree, I began my (official) career in education at the Ohio State University's child care center, where I began an art program for the pre-K and kindergarten students based on a Reggio Emilia approach. I enjoyed my work so much that I decided to go back and pursue my masters in education, which I was lucky enough to do at night while teaching art on an alternative license at my alma mater high school. I was the fine art department chair for seven years at Cleveland High School in TN, where I taught a variety of media and team taught with everyone from history to science to technology. After giving birth to my first daughter, I decided to join the ranks of full-time mommies for awhile. I enjoy volunteering with my oldest daughter's kindergarten teacher- I just love being in a school again. It feels like home!
I like to go where the children lead- it's easiest to learn when you're interested and engaged. I personally appreciate brainstorming, visual learning, and activities that create something (art!). I always feel good on a day when I've made something!
2008/09 school level Teacher of the Year for Cleveland High School 2008/09 district level Teacher of the Year for Cleveland City Schools $20,000+ awarded in grants 2008 National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and Freeman Foundation teacher study tour participant to China and Japan, focusing on setting up digital exchange programs
1997 honors graduate of Cleveland High School, Cleveland TN University Honors Scholar at East Tennessee State University 2001 graduate of East Tennessee State with a BA in Studio Art 2006 graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Masters in Education, licensed K-12 Fine Art ...and current online class addict!
For many years I bumped around my own medium, going from weaving and fibers to printmaking and finally settling on photography. I enjoy historic photography processes and taking classes at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, when I can. But my favorite art projects revolve around my two daughters. I love it when they will sit still long enough to be the subject of my work, but I equally love creating things with them. Coloring in small spaces in adult coloring books with my 3 year old (because we all know anything "for adults" is more special), following "patterns" to create elaborate dresses out of construction paper with my 6 year old, or anything messy- you've got our attention!