Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in Visual Arts Teaching K-12 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Please take a look at my Pinterest page under WEB RESOURCES
I am entering my 4th year here at Sylvester Middle School. I'm looking forward to this new year and building on the changes in curriculum I started this past Spring. I want students to feel like they can create a piece of art that is their own rather than being a factory for projects. Students are encouraged to explore various art materials and subjects in a way that allows them to meld their own interests into their work.
I've always loved art and I respected the support my teachers gave me when I was in middle school and high school. I have always wanted to be a teacher. When you're a kid dreaming of the possibilities, I knew even then that this was it for me. Art can be powerful. It can give people a voice when they otherwise might not think they have one. It unites us as part of humanity.
On some levels, art is easy. We grow up being drawn to it as children. But then perhaps the people around us or even our inner monologue might tell us we're no good, we're not gifted. EVERYONE can learn art and be successful at it. But it doesn't happen from not trying. Just like math or english or science or any of the other many subjects we are taught in public schools, you have to learn it. If you know a 'gifted' artist, it's because they put a lot of hard work into their craft. They are good because they work at it. I encourage all of my students to try new things and show me what they've got locked away inside of them, because that artistic voice, it's in all of us.