EDUCATION

Virginia Commonwealth University

Masters of Art Education

Graduated May 2016

 

James Madison University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Graduated May 2005

 

CERTIFICATION

Post-Bachelors Professional License, VA

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Peter Paul Development Center, Art Educator

Richmond, VA / Fall 2018 - Present

  • Art educator for 4 school locations of PPDC, 10 classes/week 

  • Designed and pitched an organization-wide art program for grades 2-7th grade, and set schedule with classroom teachers

  • Program focuses on mindfulness of self, energy & expression

Earth & Sky Summer English Camp, Visiting ESL Teacher

Prague, Czech Republic / Summer 2018

Co-designed and taught a week of integrated English lessons to local children ages 5-9 years in a summer school program at Rosteto: a babusarium garden. Art lessons investigated nature, yoga, and the senses. 

Play Tectonics, Brand Rep. and Education Advocate

Richmond, VA / Summer 2017 - Present

  • An integral motivator for the new ideas and energy that has expanded the brand and strategy of Play Tectonics including  visual communications of and their new blog, PathwayToPlay.org. 

  • Advocates for play language in educational settings through own pedagogical practices that support critical inquiry and student-centered learning via paper puppetry media.

Peter Paul Development Center, Elementary Educator

Richmond, VA / Winter 2016 - Spring 2018

Lead elementary after school teacher for 3rd and 4th grade. Teaching a strictly academic, yet creative choice-based pedagogy where homework completion is a top priority. Amidst reading, writing, and math practice, the students work on a monthly arts integrated project.

Catapult Tutoring, Elementary Reading and Math Tutor

Richmond, VA / January 2017-May 2018

Designed and taught mini lessons and tutored at Swansboro Elementary School, as well as 13 Acres elementary School, by way of in class help, small groups and one-on-one.

Peter Paul Development Center, Art & Literacy Educator

Richmond, VA / Summer 2017

Designed and led a full time summer arts and literacy program for grades 2nd-8th that involved hands on experiential projects created around the book James and the Giant Peach. 

John Marshall High School, Grad Student Teacher

Richmond, VA / Spring 2016

Designed and taught 2 meaningful units that include a focus of intention within the ancient Chinese culture of ink painting and contemporary abstract art, and for Art 1 and 2, and an exploration of connections in fiber art for Art 3/4.

 

Greenwood Elementary School, Grad Student Teacher

Glen Allen, VA / Spring 2016

Designed and taught 6 meaningful units to K-5th grade that include storytime for kindergarten, textural worlds for 1st, personal strengths for 2nd, heroes for 3rd, humans in nature for 4th and reinventing discarded objects for 5th.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School, Grad Student Experience

Richmond, VA / Fall 2015

Co-designed and taught an arts-integrated unit in a 9th grade English class that investigates a theme, The Danger of a Single Story. Art and literary criticism are interlaced into practice of unpacking descriptive and objective language. 

 

Binford Middle School, Grad Student Experience

Richmond, VA / Spring 2015

Designed  and taught an arts-integrated curriculum in a civics classroom with the unit theme, Artist as Critical Citizen by investigating what it means to be a critical citizen through practice of art criticism and creative inquiry of their own ideas and beliefs. 

 

Art 180, Program Designer and Lead Teacher

St. Joseph’s Villa, Richmond, VA / Summer 2015 

Designed and taught a 12-wk program to children ages 12-18.

The unit Reinvent, inspired students to re-invent both themselves and discarded objects.

Abriendo Mentes, Visiting Teacher 

Potrero, Costa Rica / Spring 2015

Co-designed and taught a week of arts-integrated English lessons to local children ages 4-10 years old in an after school program. Lessons investigated nature and narrative. 

 

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, Volunteer Art Teacher

Richmond, VA / January - August 2014

Designed and taught art lessons within a behavioral needs school, teaching activities that stimulate a deep exploration of various materials alongside art criticism practices. These include simpler craft activities such as cupcake design, paper beads, sock puppets, and face painting. 

 

Maymont Elementary School, Elementary Practicum Teacher

Richmond, VA / Fall 2013

Designed and taught various art lessons within

a special needs classroom including activities that specifically stimulate exploration of the senses.

Hopkins Elementary School, Elementary Practicum Teacher

Richmond, VA / Fall 2013

Designed and implemented 2 lessons with young students that explore emotional expression through watercolor and application with various tools.  

Richmond Waldorf School, Aftercare Assistant Teacher

Richmond, VA / 2012 - 2013

Provides after-school care for children ages 3-12 years old,

and facilitated creative activities.

Richmond Waldorf School, Summer Arts Program Lead Teacher

Richmond, VA / Summer 2013

Designed and taught 3 one week art programs that explored both indoor and outdoor lessons. 

SKILLS

15 years professional digital experience as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer, videographer and animator. Proficient in the following software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Cinema 4D.

 

Technically skilled in the following traditional art media: ink, graphite pencil, pastels, acrylics and oils paints, watercolors, needle felt, paper mache, clay, discarded objects, natural found materials, simple book binding, and simple print relief processes. 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Virginia Art Education Association (VAEA)

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

Ruth Hibbs Hyland Scholarship Award

VCU/ Spring 2016

National Art Education Association Convention, Presenter

San Diego, CA / 2014

Sunday Session: A Waldorf Nature Table exploring local nature technologically evolves for further learning and online sharing. The lecture will inform how a Waldorf Nature Table evolves with technology by using a turntable, an iPad, and Arqspin to capture a 360° video for learning and sharing online.

 

Art 180, Intern for MAE independent study program

Richmond, VA / Fall 2012

Co-designed, directed, and set up the opening

First Friday’s exhibit in Art 180’s new location.

 

EDUCATOR CERTIFICATIONS

Natural Connections

Lewis Ginter / Richmond, VA / Spring 2013

Taught by Lewis Ginter staff  and the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) with visiting guests 

The Sabot Institute

Sabot School / Richmond, VA / Spring 2013

Personal Pathways and Paradigms

Taught by The Sabot School staff

 

Comix and Zines

VCU / Richmond, VA / Spring 2013

Taught by art educator, Olvia Gude

 

Southeast Regional Waldorf Gathering

Emerson Waldorf School, Chapel Hill, NC / 2012

Taught by educator Karen Smith

 

ARTWORK EXHIBITIONS

3D Experiences

VCU Art Ed., Richmond, VA / Fall 2015

 

Group Art Show

Gallery 5 / Richmond, VA / Spring 2013

 

Group Art Show

Crittenden Studio Richmond, VA / Spring 2006

 

Solo Show, “Flat Squirrels Prevail”

The Artful Dodger / Harrisonburg, VA / Spring 2004

DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION EXPERIENCE

Creature Theater, Owner and Director 

Richmond, VA / Summer 2015 - Summer 2017

Designed, directed and implemented a public art education model that teaches with puppets in urban settings through

the collaboration of local community members.

ART 180, Communications Manager  (& mentored interns)

Richmond, VA / Spring 2016- October 2016

Manages, strategizes and creates copy and visual material for all communications platforms including press releases, video, photography, social media, video, and other methods in order to communicate brand develop mission.

VisualResearch, Art Director (& mentored interns)

Richmond, VA / Winter 2013- Winter 2015

Manages and creates various client projects that include working with data analysts to create info-graphics, videos, and brand development.

 

Media General, Broadcast Designer (& mentored interns)

Richmond, VA / 2007- 2012

Concept designed and created motion and still graphics for broadcast and marketing strategies. Video and commercial concept, design and editing for syndicated. 

Crittenden Studio, Designer and Assistant (& mentored interns)

Richmond, VA / 2005- 2007

Established identity concepts & web design for clients that include editing photos for commercial, portrait, and product photography. Assisted in photographing commercial and studio shoots. Maintained designs of company promotional material.