“The Arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.”
— Elliot Eisner
I have a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Visual Art at Maine College of Art, and a Teacher's License from the State of Maine. I completed my student teaching at both Yarmouth Elementary School and Fiddlehead School for the Arts and Sciences.
My background is multi-ethnic, multilingual, and international, having grown up living all over the world including Argentina, the Basque Region, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Armenia, Uganda, and now, China.
I completed my BA at Bowdoin College with a Major in Visual Arts, focusing on Sculpture, Installation, and Social Practice. After an Artist Residency on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy, I spent a year as the artists' assistant in San Francisco. I have experience with Montessori and am most inspired by Reggio Emilia pedagogical practice.
My Studio Practice is multimedia, inspired by nature and the inner workings of humans. The tactile quality of various materials- paper, wool, wood, and stone- inspire me.
As an Art Educator, I design projects for my students that lead to engaged, hands-on, experiential, and collaborative art making.
I practice Responsive Classroom and Interactive Modeling techniques in the classroom and strive to both model and engage students in a respectful and highly co-creative art making process.
In addition to teaching in schools, I have also collaborated with Portland Ovations and the Portland Public Library to lead workshops that connect hands on art making with literacy and storytelling.
I am currently teaching art at an international bilingual IB candidate school in China, and loving the experience.
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