This store is hosted by a certified Visual Arts teacher based in Chicago. He directs community projects, leads professional learning programs, curates art exhibitions, and is a visual artist. With a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University and experience rooted in schools, nonprofits, and art museums, he strategically builds and sustains community engagement with high quality arts education. Currently, he is on the board of directors of the Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), advises the state of Illinois for its revision of the Visual Arts Learning Standards, and is a juror for Scholastics Inc. Recently, he finished two consecutive years at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Teacher Institute program, which includes summer residencies. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, I was a Project Associate for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) for two years and worked in art museums for five years.
As a teacher, his goal is to facilitate student growth and development in the realms of design thinking, concept development, creativity, and visual storytelling. The ability to communicate visually is imperative to all aspects of art and design, from product to expression. Cultivating the Growth Mindset developed by Carol Dweck and clarifying goals, such as winning competitions at the school, city, state, and national levels is imperative to motivating students, particularly those in AP-level classes and those pursuing careers in the visual arts, who need dynamic portfolios that win scholarships from colleges and universities.
Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Member of National Omicron Psi Honor Society; Sterling Sentinel Nominee for Visual Arts, The News Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN; Winger Award for Outstanding Graduating Seniors, Indiana University; Lowell Scholarship, Indiana University; Della Fricke Scholarship, Indiana University; Ione Auer Arts Scholarship, Indiana University; Motz Family Scholarship, Indiana University; Waterfield Fund Scholarship, Indiana University; Tapestry Alumni Scholarship, Tapestry Alumni; Psi Iota Xi Fine Arts Scholarship, Psi Iota Xi IU Alumni Scholarship, IU Alumni Chapter of Northeast Indiana; Scholastics Gold Key, Scholastics, Inc.
Currently, he holds an MSEd in Art Education, a BFA in Studio Art, and Minor in Art History all from Indiana University. He also studied graduate level studio art at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and ceramics at La Meridiana Ceramic School in Tuscany, Italy.
K-12 Teaching Certification in Visual Art, Illinois State Board of Education