Arizona State University M.A.T. in Indisciplinary Art Eduation
Columbia College Chicago LBSI Endorsement IB MYP Design Category 2 Certificate IB MYP Arts Category 1 Certificate
I am excited to join the Jahn School of Fine Arts community serving as both a visual arts teacher and a learning behavior specialist. My teaching practices emphasizes multicultural, interdisciplinary and inquiry based learning that encourages student responsibility, global awareness and student interest. My instruction is driven by clear and understandable expectations, which allows students to express themselves freely in an emotionally and physically safe environment. I am also passionate about incorporating eco-conscious practices and learning into our all aspects of our classroom environment.
I was raised in La Grange Park, a suburb of Chicago. I attended Arizona State University where I pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in art education with a minor in art history. My study of education continued at Columbia College Chicago where I earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in interdisciplinary art education. I received my Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) certifications in both Design and Arts. I have spent 10 years in CPS serving the Bronzeville community teaching visual arts, special education, MYP arts and MYP design prior to joining the Jahn faculty.
I enjoy getting inspiration for my own art making and teaching by visiting art galleries, museums and traveling. I love the outdoors and participating in running, yoga and snowboarding. In my free time like to read, cheer on the Cubs (life-long fan) and tend to my indoor plants and outdoor garden. Cooking with the vegetables and herbs from my garden is great fun.