I teach art to grades 3-8 as well as ESL to adults. I have been teaching for the past 7 years, working with a wide range of students including gifted and talented, and special needs students who have been mainstreemed into my classes. I started my career in outreach education.
I believe that students need creativity in the formative years and that the integration of the arts is crucial. I use a firm yet nuturing teaching style to encourage my students to feel safe, structured, but free to be creative and to make their own choices (and mistakes) when appropriate. Each year of a child's life is as important as the next and the right (creative) brain should be utilized from the start.
Art -2nd Place Digital Arts Category, Summer Judged Show, San Clemente Art Gallery, 2010 -Honorable Mention Other Media Category, Summer Judged Show, San Clemente Art Gallery, 2009 -3rd Place Masters Category, Winter Judged Show, San Clemente Art Gallery, 2008 -2nd Place Other Media Category, Fall Judged Show, San Clemente Art Gallery, 2008 -Honorable Mention Photography Category, Fall Judged Show, San Clemente Art Gallery, 2008 -3rd Place Other Media Category, Summer Judged Show, San Clemente Art gallery, 2008 -Patty’s Ribbon Memorial Award, 38th Annual Mother Lode Exhibition, 2004 Academic -Magna Cum Laude (UCI) -Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students (UCI) -Golden Key Honor Society, (for academic achievement through the sophomore year) (UCI) -Phi Theta Kappa (SC) -The National Dean’s List, 2001/2002, 2002/2003, 2003/2004, 2004/2005
BA Studio Arts (Magna Cum Laude) University of California, Irvine MA Fine Arts, Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton, UK
Most of my products and lessons contain an element of artwork done by hand. Although many people are now using computer generated images, I prefer to draw images by hand if possible. As time passes and I have posted more lessons and products, I hope to share the idea of multi-culturalism and tolerance in many of my lessons.