The formation of a personal pedagogy and the informing of an art-making practice.

Community Engagement




Teachers have the power to reach far into their school and home community, by having exhibits of student work, displaying work at local businesses and galleries, helping to coach or run clubs, and more! Through this they can positively impact their students, peers, and their environment!


Curating Shows & Displaying Student Work

I like to enter student work for display in local galleries, and display their work within the community whenever possible. Teaching and learning through the arts can be further encouraged through the public display of student work. In addition to facilitating the learning process, student artists can taken pride in their work and take their place within the community. Onlookers can also gain a greater appreciation for the arts and humanities.

Athletic Coaching

Student artists are often multidimensional, with interests outside of the art studio that help to build them up as well-rounded individuals. Athletics can often provide another way for students to grow. I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching student-athletes in soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse!

  Club Advising

After school opportunities for enrichment and arts engagement have always been important to me. I have been running the school's Art Club for several years. Students have been led in the creation of murals, tie-dye techinques and more. Self-directed art-making is also encouraged.

Tech Education

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I am a firm believer in the STEAM philosophy. My own work as an artist has proven that Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are all related. My own sculptural work would not be possible with out my background in technology education. This fact leads me to pursue further education into engineering technologies, like 3D printing, while working with tech educators to bring classes together. Without this knowledge, building modular murals, and helping students to create their own canvas stretchers would be impossible.

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Last edited 5/1/2020

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