I am a first year elementary art teacher! My experiences range from elementary art placements during my time at Kendall College of Art and Design, student teaching at the high school level in Kentwood, MI, teaching and designing curriculum for summer camps at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. I also interned in School Programs at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and at the Art Institute of Chicago in Photography Collections.
I believe in a comprehensive art education. While teaching technique and art vocabulary is essential, I also believe in going deeper. My lessons focus on integration and meaning making. I focus on the life changing qualities of the lesson. How is it relevant and engaging? In an ever changing world, I want to ensure that my classroom is a safe space for my students. I focus on brain development through creative problem solving and integration, self-expression, and character education. My art curriculum is designed to improve brain functioning through creative problem solving, honor all students through Universal Design for Learning, and improve student engagement through multi-sensory experiences, structured learning, and novel experiences. My lessons are designed for deeper learning. While these lessons may take longer than a traditional art lesson, it is well worth it when I witness student engagement, excitement, and growth.
National Art Education Association Preservice Teacher of the Year (2016-2017); Kendall College of Art and Design Excellence Award for Art Education (2017); Michigan Art Education Association Scholarship Memorial Recipient (Fall 2016); Albion College Outstanding Art History Major (2011)
Kendall College of Art and Design, Art Education, BFA; Albion College, Art History, BA
Michigan K-12 Certified, Art Education [LQ]