EDUCATION

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
MAT in Art Education, 2011
BFA in Fiber, Magna Cum Laude, 2010
 

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Instructional Credential, Art PK-12
  

EXPERIENCE

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher, Westtown School
West Chester, PA   2017 - Present
Teaches Drawing, Painting, Photography, Digital Art, and Portfolio Development to students grades 9-12
Director of Westtown Art Gallery, Co-Clerk of Arts Advisory Council, Cross Country Coach 

 

Pre-AP Arts Development Committee, The College Board
New York, NY   2015 - Present
Advises on visual and performing arts pedagogy, research, and advocacy for implementation of Pre-AP Program
Lead writer for Pre-AP Visual Arts content including course frameworks, crosswalks with national and state standards, curricular modules, performance assessments, student and teacher resources
Develops professional learning sessions including Course Teacher Institutes and Readiness Workshops

 

Upper School Visual Arts Department Chair, Bentley School
Lafayette, CA   2016 - 2017
Restructured the scope and sequence of visual arts curriculum towards process based learning with an emphasis on iteration, revision, and meaning
Hired new faculty, conducted performance reviews, and worked with staff to set personal, team, and department goals                
Mentored new faculty members in teaching craft and independent school culture
Head of K-12 Cross Divisional Arts Committee, determined annual professional development initiatives and goals for visual and performing arts
Managed annual department budget and planned for long-range expenses and facility improvements

 

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher, Bentley School
Lafayette, CA   2016 - 2017
Taught Introduction to Visual Arts (Drawing, Ceramics, Photography), Intermediate Drawing, Advanced Drawing & Painting, and AP Studio Art to students grades 9-12
Developed course content emphasizing analysis and interpretation, reflective writing, and experimentation
Admissions Committee, Cross Country Coach, Winter Run Club Coach, and Track Coach

 

Director of Student Advocacy, Padua Academy
Wilmington, DE   2013 - 2016
Planned and developed advocacy curriculum and school wide initiatives based on qualities of student success
Identified school wide advocacy issues and addresses them through specific interventions and strategies
Led professional development training for faculty based on best practices in student mentoring
Coordinated school research initiatives related to student wellness and academic growth

 

Visual Arts Teacher, Padua Academy
Wilmington, DE   2011 - 2016
Taught Graphic Design I - II,  and AP Studio Art to students grades 9-12, previously taught Art I - IV
Developed appropriate technical skills in digital media, drawing, and photography in units
Examined complex ideas relating to identity, environment, and culture through reflective lessons
Member of Strategic Planning Committee, Global Awareness Committee, and Middle States Committee

 

Faculty, Young People’s Studio, Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD   2011 - 2013
Taught innovative and exploratory art education courses to students grades 6-12
Specialized in graphic design, costume design, digital photography, and drawing

 

Teaching Artist, American Visionary Art Museum
Baltimore, MD   2012
Developed and taught experimental fashion workshops to students grades 7-11
Engaged visitors in art making and dialogue that connects collection to contemporary life

 

Summer Instructor, Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.   2012
Developed and taught summer curriculum for Fabric of History course, grades 6-8
Linked content to collections of African Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, and American Indian Museum

 

Lead Education Assistant, The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, MD   2007 - 2011
Managed team of education assistants in best practices for museum education
Taught variety of media in studio workshops, museum tours, and classes

 

SKILLS

Digital
Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and Microsoft Office
         
Studio Art
Depth of study in fiber arts including digital pattern and print design, screen printing, dyeing, shibori, weaving, sewing, embroidery, beading, knitting, crocheting, assemblage, and garment construction

Breadth of study in drawing, painting, graphic design, collage, mold making, casting, papier mache, ceramics, sculpture, book arts, printmaking, video, and photography

 

PRESENTATIONS AND HONORS

Pre-AP and AP Art: Writing, Dialogue, and Artistic Practice, NAEA National Convention, Boston, MA 2019

Process of Thinking and Creating, Hawaii Department of Education, Honolulu, HI, 2019

Building a Successful Pre-AP Program, College Board Forum, Dallas, TX, 2018

Whisper Down the Lane: Iteration in Cross-Disciplinary Contexts, Westtown School, West Chester, PA 2018-19

Whisper Down the Lane: Tools for Translation and Transformation in Student Artwork, NAEA National Convention, Seattle WA, 2018

Addressing Process in Art Classroom Practice: Structures and Strategies for Middle and High School, NAEA National Convention, Seattle WA, 2018

Analysis and Interpretation in Pre-AP Arts Classrooms,  AP Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2017

Break the Wheel,  NAEA National Convention, Chicago, IL, 2016

Brainstorm: Strategies for Conceptual Development in Studio Art,  AP Annual Conference,  Austin, TX, 2015

On the Edge: Teaching Habits of Success Through Advocacy Intervention, Canadian Positive Psychology Conference, Ottawa, ON, 2014

AP Summer Institute in Studio Art, La Salle University, 2013

Finalist Patricia Krongard Art Education Award, 2011

Finalist Grainger Marburg Travel Grant, 2010

Uncovering Social Responsibility and Artmaking with Thematic Family Tours and Instructional Resources,  NAEA National Convention, Baltimore, MD, 2010


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