I am a certified k-12 Art Teacher and the three most important things to me are, in no particular order: Art, my students, and Nature. I feel lucky to be teaching art, and enjoy the challenge of creating new lessons, and all of the surprises along the way.
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. Since then, I have been teaching in 2 different international bilingual schools in China.
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, and Uganda.
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. Nature is my biggest inspiration, as well as other artists, especially those focused on social justice and the human experience.
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 have most recently been teaching art at an international bilingual IB candidate school in China, learning a lot from my students and from being in a different culture every day.