How this blog works is simple…I post curriculum as it develop in my classroom. Traffic on this blog has doubled-tripled and more since I began it only 3 years ago and for that I am proud of my professional presence online. Hopefully you can find something useful or share some insight with me as we journey through the incredibly important world of Art Eductation together.
First and foremost, I love teaching and I love my job. Art education supplies a great foundation of problem solving skills, creative thinking, and confidence building. Ultimately, it is one of the best platforms to build relationships with students – something that is central to my core values as an educator. My passion in life is teaching and working with children so that they can find their identity and voice through the arts and their own passions. Students walk into my classroom and can and will succeed with what they are doing.
I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. I graduated in 2005 from Urbandale High School and received my B.A. in Art Education with an emphasis in Graphic Design and Photography from University of Northern Iowa. I currently work at Hoyt Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa as an Art Educator. Prior to Hoyt, I worked at Findley Elementary for five years. Findley Elementary is a Turnaround Arts: Des Moines school, part of the Turnaround: Arts program through the Kennedy Center. Prior to Findley Elementary, I taught at Webster City Middle School in Webster City, Iowa.
I live just outside of Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa with my husband, Matt, who teaches High School Building Trades in Carlisle, Iowa and son Philip, who is just over a year old and keeps us on our toes. We also live with our energetic dogs, Penny & Roxxy. I love traveling. Some students often ask what kind of art I make – I enjoy water color painting but really, my favorite kind of art is teaching. My goal is to enjoy life and have as many experiences as I can – after all, you only live once. If you need to contact me, please feel free to email me or call.
This blog is an updated source of what is happening in my art room. Resources, lessons, and thoughts will circulate throughout posts. Scroll past the comments section to gain use of some handy widgets like search or “tagged” topics.