I have been teaching Elementary Art in Pennsylvania for the past 7 years. I teach grades K-6 with a 550+ student population. I am also in my fifth year of teaching Visual Communications to my elementary students, a technology and arts integrated course focusing on Design Thinking and 21st Century skills. I create a wide range of arts based resources. These resources are created for both art teachers and classroom teachers to invigorate their curriculums with creativity and excitement. Check out my Art Education Blog which is where I document what goes on in my art room! http://themagnificentpaintbrush.blogspot.com/
I am a strong believer in integration, collaboration, communication and creativity. These are the vehicles in which our students need to succeed in all areas of life. I have a fond love for recycling and getting the community involved with what we learn in the art room and within our school. Students, faculty, parents and teachers collect various recycled items to donate to our classroom to use as tools and as useful pieces to make art. I believe art is found in all aspects of life:from the cars we drive, to the clothes we wear, it surrounds us and consumes us. I like to teach my students about the lives they are living and how skills and objectives we learn in the classroom can be applied to all areas of life.
I received the ‘Outstanding Teacher Award’ for 2013-14, sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council. I presented at the 2013 PA State Art Education Conference in Bethlehem, PA. I conducted a workshop on the use of Pan Pastels and designed various lessons on the use of the materials.
Bachelors of Science-Art Education K-12 Masters Degree-Art Education K-12
I enjoy nature and the beauty found in it. I love to discover and learn with other artists and educators and explore new ways of teaching, learning, and growing as an educator and artist. Gardening is a must do when summer and spring arrive!I love to get my hands dirty. Music is my calm and my inspiration when I paint. It plays a huge role in the movement and expressive aspects of my own art. I like trying new foods and cooking delightful meals! My concetration is Printmaking and Painting and I love combining both mediums and techniques. I love traveling and visiting new places. The beach is a beautiful escape when I can get there. I am active and engage in working out and exercising.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Specialty, Math, Other (Math), Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, World History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Music, Drama, Art, Geography, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Instructional Technology, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Dance, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, For All Subjects, Engineering, Phonics