I have more than one career. For over 20 years I've worked as an artist in both the graphic and as a fine artist doing both for many years. Then I took my experience from being an artist to my love of working with children to get my teaching degree so I can help children who need help to learn. I have found that children need visuals in order to help them to learn and see things in a way that makes them understand what they are learning. I've created several study aids and worksheets for my daughters and their teachers have used them in their classrooms as well. I've substituted and have been an Instructional Aide. While I was an aide I had done research for teachers and taught different lessons including working with ESL students, self-contained students, regular ed, and special education. I've run the spectrum but never had a classroom of my own. Teachers who I have worked with have enjoyed my ideas and my abilities telling me that I would be an asset to any classroom.
Since I'm an artist I tend to break things down using color and design to make it easier and more visual for students to understand concepts better. I like to be creative and with a professional background in using PowerPoint, Illustrator, and Photoshop it gives me a lot to draw from in being creative in making my materials for students.
TEACH Grant, Presidents List throughout my studies in Education, Graduated Summa Cum Laude
When I was in school learning I was not much of a student. I had a hard time focusing and my attention was not very good. After HS I went to art school where I did really well. After I graduated I went to work and studies art in NYC, there I met many people one who got me to read more and learn more about art and art history. This gave me my passion to read. Then while doing graphic design as a living I started to see things in a different perspective. Now as a mom with 2 daughters with learning disabilities I have created many learning aids and worksheets to help them learn and study. This I can do because I know how difficult learning can be but if you use design and color you can break things down in simplest form making it easier for students to learn. This is why I went back to school to be a teacher.
Since I grew up on a dairy farm I've always been a more hands-on type of person where visuals really make a difference. If I was to see a picture of something I can figure out most anything from it. I'm very resourceful when it comes to most anything giving me the ability to tackle most things.