How this blog works is simple…I post lessons as they 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. At this level, my teaching primarily focuses on introducing young artists all the foundational skills of art making. This can be anything from cutting and pasting to assembling a collaborative project – elementary students really allow the possibilities to be endless. 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 Findley Elementary in Des Moines, Iowa as both an Art Educator and an Arts Integration Specialist. Findley Elementary is a Turnaround Arts: Des Moines school, part of the Turnaround: Arts program through the President’s Committee of Arts and Humanities. Findley is also a Dreamer Academy through the I Have a Dream Foundation (Des Moines), an organization that focuses on giving students the means and opportunity to receive Post-Secondary education. My passion in life is teaching and working with children so that they can foster and develop their creativity in a way that will be enjoyable and helpful in their lifetimes.
I live just outside of Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa with my husband, Matt, who teaches High School Building Trades in Carlisle, Iowa. We also live with our energetic Boxer, Roxxy, who is 6 years old and our lazy American Bulldog, Penny, who is 1 years old. They are inseparable. I absolutely love reading and 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.