I have over 20 years as both a lead teacher and a teaching artist. I have taught in elementary, middle, and high schools, both public and private. I have also conducted art and writing workshops for adults. Other settings in which I have taught include museums, community centers, camps, libraries, festivals, in homes and private studios and even outdoors! I was the head of the art department at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp and School for over a decade. I hold an MFA in Writing and a Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching Art.
While my educational focus has been in the arts, primarily in visual arts and creative writing, my pedagogy embodies a deeper, global dimension. This enables my students to develop not only themselves, but to see beyond themselves—in essence, to embrace the communal. For example, I have in recent years developed an arts curriculum called, Art Around the World, in which, while exploring an art form of a different culture, students learn about that culture in a humanistic and collective way. I also incorporate a great deal of Art History in my lesson plans.
Writer’s Residency Award, Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico, Winter 2017 Community Engagement Grant, Leo McCarthy Center, University of San Francisco, Spring 2016 Conference Scholarship, Writers’ in Paradise / Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida, January 2015 Acker Award, Children’s Literature Category (Feather Floating on the Water) 2014
MFA in WRITING 2016 University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California MASTER of ARTS in TEACHING / MAT (Art Education) with High Honors 1988 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island B.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE 1985 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia STUDY YEAR ABROAD 1983-1984 L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Nice, France
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