I have been working with kids since 2005, I started in high school by teaching dance to my peers and younger age groups. During college I continued that while beginning my career as an actress and choreographing at many different high schools around the greater Washington state area. I started my official in-school district teaching job in 2014--where I became a paraeducator in the Clover Park School District. I have been a graphic artist since 2009 where I dabbled in cartoon's and comic book making. I own a Wacom Cintiq 22HD - 22 " HD, wide-format Interactive Pen Display with Grip Pen -- I use this to make all of my art.
I am a paraeducator at Harrison Preparatory--my specific role in the school is the Learning Assessment Program (LAP) Interventionist, I work with Achieve3000 (an online-based teaching program) to help my middle school and high school student's who are below reading standard to achieve reachable goals by the end of each semester. My specific style is interactive and individually based, each student has their set learning program that will progress as they do--by the end of each lesson, each student usually feels some level of success before the bell rings. I also am the HP Drama Club Advisor and run the only theatre program at Harrison Preparatory (a rarity in my district)--there I play many hats from Stage Managing, Choreographer, Scenic Designer to Director. This environment is all about fun, using what we each bring to the table as individual actors and applying our knowledge so our audience can understand our intentions.
There are awards I have received over the years (2005 to present) for Outstanding Choreography in a musical at The 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards. The awards I treasure most is the comfortability and safeness my students feel in my classroom. I get several students throughout the day (even ones that I don't specifically have) who come in just to talk, need help with certain parts on their homework, or would rather be in my classroom to take a test because they feel a bit more comfortable than in their regular classroom. It makes me feel pretty accomplished as a non-certificated teacher.
I have received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences: Community Psychology and am currently in online school working on a Teacher Certification as well as my M.Ed. in General Education with an Endorsement in SPED.
After graduating from the University of Washington in 2011, I went into a Musical Theatre career for 3 years and worked back-and-forth between the two biggest Equity Theatre's in Washington state, 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle) and Village Theatre (Issaquah/Everett). I have been dancing since 1996, primarily ballet at Pacific Chamber Ballet and have danced for many companies around Seattle throughout the years (PNB, The Moore Theatre, Dance This!, etc.).