Students are never too young or too old to develop their minds in a well-rounded way. In my classroom, the purpose of education is to enrich the lives of students with the knowledge, creativity, and skills that empower them to think confidently and independently about the world they live in.
I have experience instructing students ages eight to eighty: with diverse backgrounds, skill sets and learning styles. Years of one-on-one tutoring and studies of psychology and critical pedagogy have helped me to develop a keen ability to create differentiated curriculum that accommodate all learners.
I am a practicing artist: my proficiency comes from experience. I utilize and demonstrate a wide variety of techniques and tools, from traditional media to digital, two-dimensional to three-dimensional, live performance to video and animation.
My art classroom is safe and creative space where an array of topics are discussed and better understood. Thematic curriculums based on critical thinking allow for lengthy explorations of topics such as social issues, media literacy, visual culture, and identity development. Students engage in techniques and topics that are relevant, important, and applicable to their daily lives. My goal is to prepare students for their lives as future and current members of society while encouraging them to look more deeply at the world around them. Students leave my classroom with sharper minds, competent skill, and the confidence to speak using art--the universal visual language.