I have taught 6th grade through graduate school: math, literature, writing, art, humanities, photography, feminist theory, and art theory and aesthetics. I have taught in the K-12 district of Porterville, CA; Porterville Community College, CSU Bakersfield, and California Institute of the Arts.
I create a community where students are comfortable taking risks. I listen to my students and change the curriculum as they bring me new ideas and resources. I have high expectations in terms of critical and creative thinking, and I work to understand the strengths and weaknesses of my students so that I can help them to build upon their strengths, and overcome their weaknesses. My basic formula after exploring content is: 1. Ask a question and student writes an individual response; 2. Student shares response in small group (4 students); 3. Students discuss the answer with the entire class. I work to empower students through student generated explorations.
Many years ago I was a consultant for a series of anthologies and workbooks where classic stories were re-written so that lower readers could read interesting content rather than the children’s books that were all that was available. I used to present the content of a book I wrote (Using Guided Visualization for Better Writing, Educational Impressions) at NATE, CATE, and GATE conferences. I received a grant to explore paying students’ families each semester when their child earned a 4.13 or better (ask me about the results.)
BA English and Diversified Liberal Arts, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA BFA Photography, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA MFA Art and Critical Writing, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
I have shown artwork and written art criticism internationally, and written a book about mountaineering: High Altitude Interiors: One Woman’s Guide to Climbing CA’s 14ers.