Teaching Philosophy


As a teacher, I have found a truth to myself: The purpose of education is to spark curiosity in the world. To explore the wonderment of what a material can unfold and figure out challenges one may run into in life. I wish to promote a sponsorship for the ‘aha!’ moment and have a classroom full of tinkerers, explorers, and students asking questions. I want to see light bulbs flash when they talk to a friend about a challenge or bias they face. Through my guidance, students will set challenges for themselves, solve and tinker through problems, and I will ask them to persevere and not give up at first, second, or third chance. It may take years to build this community, and even longer to make a difference across the school community I will fall into, but it is worth every student I will teach. 

Through a classroom community based in curiosity, self- empowerment, wonderment, and perseverance, I will make the next generation of movers and shakers lateral and divergent thinkers in the world.

Education

2014- 2015        MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART (Baltimore, MD) | MFA in Art Education | 3.53 GPA

2010- 2014        MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART (Baltimore, MD) | BFA in General Fine Arts | 3.66 GPA

Exhibitions

2019                   CORNWALL ART COLLECTIVE GROUP SHOW, Cornwall Library (Cornwall, NY)

2015                   LOOK SEE MAKE BE, Riggs- Leidy Galleries (Baltimore, MD)

2015                   MICA GRAD SHOW 2015: TEACHING MAT SHOW #2, Fox 3 (Baltimore, MD)
2014                   COMMENCEMENT EXHIBITION, Decker- Meyerhoff Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2014                   ARTWALK, Decker- Meyerhoff Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   SELECTED SENIOR THESIS GROUP SHOW, France- Merrick Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   GFA SENIOR THESIS GROUP SHOW, France- Merrick Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   MIXED MEDIA BOOK GROUP SHOW, Fox Building (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   MIXED MEDIA BOOK GROUP SHOW, Fox Building (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   DIGITAL PHOTO GROUP SHOW, Main 0 Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   MIXED MEDIA BOOK GROUP SHOW, Fox Building (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   SENIOR GFA GROUP SHOW, France- Merrick Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   FACULTY & STAFF GROUP SHOW, Peter's Valley School of Craft Gallery (Layton, NJ)
2013                   GFA JUNIOR INDEPENDANT GROUP SHOW, Alvin & Louise Myerburg Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   SMALL WORKS, BIG IDEAS; AN MAT EXHIBITION GROUP SHOW, Fox Building (Baltimore, MD)
2013                   MENDHAM HIGH SCHOOL EVENING OF THE ARTS, West Morris Mendham High School (Mendham, NJ)
2012- 2013        PAINTING ON THE BRINK GROUP SHOW, Meet 27 American Bistro (Baltimore, MD)
2011                   GENERAL FINE ARTS GROUP SHOW, Main Building (Baltimore, MD)
2011                   PAINTING II GROUP SHOW, Main Building (Baltimore, MD)
2011                   LOSS AND CONSEQUENCES JURIED EXHIBITION, Casewerks (Baltimore, MD)



2012- 2015

DR. BOB'S PLACE

Artist (Baltimore, MD)


Working towards completing a commissioned series of name plaques for the individual rooms of Dr. Bob's Place to provide individuality to the rooms children stayed in. Will be completing about a series of 20.

Commissions & Special Projects

2012

BOROUGH OF CHESTER

Artist (Chester, NJ)

Completed a series of 25 2x3' oil paintings of historical landmarks and places in Chester, NJ to commemorate the progress and growth that Chester has developed since its founding. The paintings are on permanent display in the Chester Borough Municipal building.



2012

DR. BOB'S PLACE

Muralist (Baltimore, MD)


Prepared and proposed mural project to Dr. Bob's Hospice. Sketched, lead painting team, and painted mural in main foyer area over the course of five months. Completed mural spanned 22.8 x 5.3 feet and included an array of child-friendly cartoon animals hand drawn and composed together.

Employment


University Academy Charter High School

Art Teacher

2017- 2018 (1 School Year)

• Taught a full course load (6 classes); (2) Art 2, (4) Art 1 Classes,

• Kick-started failing art program to re-invigorate school-wide respect towards art.

• Headed multiple projects to get artwork into the immediate community, including the Sidewalk Mural Project

and the End-of-Year Art Show at NJCU Campus,

• Proposed and Orchestrated Archery Club after-school Program,

• Rotated and maintained artwork in hallways every month with new student projects to highlight students work.


Creative Arts Workshop

Arts Teacher

2017- 2018 (Seasonal; June- August)

The Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) offers students an opportunity through the summer to unleash their creativity, energy and imagination and explore a variety of media each day.

Taught a full course load of four different classes: Fashion Design, Jewelry Design, Scrapbooking, and Traditional Hand Sewing

• Successfully ran (2) Art Shows of Student Work within (3) Months,

• Photographer for the Weekly Parent Newsletter,

• Head Archery Instructor and Interim Cooking Instructor in the after-camp program,

• Grew camper retention rate via built relationships with campers and parents throughout the summer.


Bayonne High School
Art Teacher

2015- 2017 (2 School Years)

Bayonne High is a Blue Ribbon-winning public high school that focuses on Academies with 4 tracks: a Scholar's, Arts, STEM, and Humanities track.

• Grew students application rate via built student and parent relationships throughout the school year,

• President of Staff Sunshine Club,

• Volunteered services for multiple school events: Play Productions, SAT Testing, Art Academy Interviews/ Application Judge, School-wide Poster Production,

• Co-Supervisor to Art Club,

• Supervisor of Lunch Club: A wellness group of art students to talk about issues within and outside of school.


Peter's Valley School of Craft
Special Topics Studio Assistant
2013 (May- August)

Peters Valley in a non-profit artist commune centered within the NJ Delaware Valley National Park System. Summer Studio Assistants are responsible for:

• Assisting Studio Managers, Visiting Instructors, and Students,

• Responsible for Studio Maintenance, Safety, and Organization of Materials,

• Preparing workshop Materials, Tools, and Space including: Kiln Maintenance, Glass Preparation, Furniture Arrangement for Tools, Making copies of Worksheets/ Packets, etc.,

• Picking up Instructors and Students from Newark Airport before Workshops,

Transporting Students, Instructors, and Visitors around Campus,

• Headed Tours of the Historic Delaware River Valley and Surrounding Peter’s Valley Campus,

• Launching Flyers and Promotional Items via Social Media and Mail, Organizing Flat File Documents, making Copies, etc. 

Press & Publications

2018                      The Storm King School, Student Designs Light Up the Runway at SKS' First Fashion Show 

                                  https://sks.org/student-fashion-show/

2018                      The Storm King School, SKS Enjoys Hair-Raising Halloween Fun

                                  https://sks.org/halloween-2018/

2018                      The Storm King School, NYC's East Village Comes to the Mountain

                                  https://sks.org/nycs-east-village-comes-to-the-mountain/

2018                      The Storm King School, Young Fashion Designers Make Their First Creations

                                  https://sks.org/young-designers-create/

2015                    The Baltimore WatchDogNew Art Teachers Hope to Inspire Future Generations
                                  http://baltimorewatchdog.com/2015/02/18/new-art-teachers-hope-to-inspire-future-generations/ 
2013                    Peter's Valley School of Craft, Faculty and Staff Exhibition Catalogue
2013                    Observer- TribuneChester Landmarks Preserved for Prosperity in Paintings
                                  http://newjerseyhills.com/observer-tribune/news/chester-landmarks-preserved-for-posterity/article_241b6310-617b-11e2-a2e5-001a4bcf887a.html
2013                    Observer- TribuneLandmarks Preserved for Prosperity in Paintings, Volume 79 No. 4 (January 17, 2013 Edition)
2012                    JUICE///BOX, Issue 1 (November 2012 Edition) (Centerfold)
2012                    The Black River NewsChester Artist Commissioned to Document Town History Through Paintings, October 2012
2012                    The Mendham- Chester PatchLocal Artist to Create Paintings of Chester Landmarks
                                 http://mendham-chester.patch.com/articles/local-artist-to-create-paintings-of-chester-landmarks

Awards Received

2014- 2015        Maryland Institute College of Art Art Education Graduate Merit Scholarship
2010- 2014        Dean's List
2010- 2014        Presidential Scholarship

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