Pre-K to grade 5 interdisciplinary art teacher, integrating art with science, math, ELA, and environmental studies.
Hands-on, experiential. Field work and citizen science with grades K-5. Designing custom field trips for K-5 students for 15 minutes to 1.5 hours, exploring nature and capturing it through art.
Cirino Education Grant 2001 • RIPIN Grant 2006 • Rhode Island Foundation Arts in Academia Grant 2007, 2016 • ArtsReach Grant 2008 and 2009 • ABC6/Audubon Poster Contest winner (student work) 2008 • The Power of Art Scholarship 2008 • YAM and RI Alliance for Art Education participant (student work) • PS2013-2017 • ASRI Environmental Educator of the Year 2012 • Whole Foods Garden Grant 2014 • Seed Savers Grant 2016 • Wheels to Woods grant 2017 • Loraine Tisdale Award 2017 • Carter Spark grant 2018 • Schoolyard Habitats (USFWS) 2018
Education/Certifications: • University of Rhode Island, Master Gardener certification, 2011 • Lesley University, Master of Education, May 2006, summa cum laude • Rhode Island College, BS/Art Education and BFA/Painting, May 1999, magna cum laude • Cumberland High School, Diploma with Honors Trainings/Workshops: • Intro to EE, Cornell, 2017 • GLOBE, Soil and Precipitation Protocols, 2016 • Project Learning Tree, 2016 • Project Wild, 2016, K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide • Sustainable Schools Summit, 2012 • URI Master Gardener 2011 • ASRI, Schoolyard Science for an Urban Ecosystem, 2010
Professional Affiliations/Memberships: Audubon Society of Rhode Island • NEA/RIEA • RIEEA • National Wildlife Federation (Certified Wildlife Habitat) • Roger Williams Park Zoo • URI MGA/Desourdy School Garden Central RI Administrator Website: 15minutefieldtrips.blogspot.com Youtube: 15 Minute Field Trips Lectures/Workshops at School Gardening 101 Conference 2015 and NEEEA Conference 2016, and on the topics of insects, citizen science, school gardens, and sustainable gardening practices.
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Graphing, Science, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (ELA), Problem Solving, Holidays/Seasonal, Autumn, Winter, Earth Day