In addition to my teaching experiences in the elementary classroom, I worked as the Curriculum Coordinator for a 21st CCLC afterschool program requiring academic connections. During this time I designed a year-long collaboration with a local historic house and a service learning project with the state's Wildlife Division of the Dept. of Environmental Protection. I'm currently an art museum docent and a member of the New England Museum Association.
I combine structure and innovation. My units touch as many learning styles as possible. When planning my docent tours for school groups, I do the same. There is so much that can be done before, during, and after a museum trip. Museums are happy to tailor a tour or allow a class to use a gallery for its own specific activity. I hope you find this site helpful in making your museum experiences powerful turning points for your class.
My greatest honors come to me now from former students. "I'm a writer now, and it's all because of you, " says a former 2nd grader; "You always told me to trust myself," a phlebotomist tells me, "Remember that Ikebana we did? My mother still has it on the mantle!" a former 6th-grader says. They come to me when I least expect them, a tap on the shoulder in the supermarket, or sitting in a restaurant, or at the bookstore. There is no better award and no finer venue!
I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Anthropology (emphasis in cultural anthropology) and elementary teaching certification. My view of a multicultural classroom went far beyond the rainbow and ratios of skin colors. I also taught adult English as a Second Language for a few years and while trying to make the world a better place the world changed me.
Teaching is like swimming. It never leaves you. I am in love with museum education and my new world of art. Most of my tours are for elementary schools in search of common core connections. Now I compare the colors used by an artist to the words of an author. Ultimately nothing has changed. You and I, now, then, and always, are looking for that "aha" on the face of a child that says "Oh, yeah!"