Visual Arts | Cheerleading | Computer Applications
I was born and raised in San Diego California. After high school, I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Visual Communications from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles, California. I worked as a Freelance Interior Designer where I got to design office spaces and sold artwork to customers in LA, Orange County and San Diego.
After spending four summers in Gonnieves, Haiti teaching, I realized I would never be as happy designing houses, as I would be teaching kids. I moved to Austin, Texas in 2013, to attend the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 2017 with a degree in Visual Art Studies so that I could become a teacher.
I am newly married as of July 27, 2019. My husband and I are parents to 30 houseplants, and a Cat named Cat. I'm so thankful I get to have the best job in the world and teach these middle school babies all day. I'm Livin the dream.
I believe that children come into this world with creative abilities and it is my job as an art educator, to help cultivate and refine these God given skills. As an artist I know that art can be used as a tool to understand and appreciate an individual. Creativity allows one to look inside and identify and create a direct response to an internal thought, emotion, or struggle. Processing and expressing these things in an effective way allows an artist to become passionate, and confident human beings.
The moment when a student can feel confident in executing an assignment, when they have the “light bulb moment”, is the moment when they have learned something. This moment can be achieved in an encouraging and positive learning environment where a student feels safe to express his or her artistic concepts, and receive helpful feedback from their classmates and teacher. As an teacher, love for children, patience and humility are the biggest ways to create a classroom where students respect and attempt to understand their classmates creations no matter the creative diversities.
I believe that in the classroom the ultimate goal is to have students that create things that bring them joy and pride within an encouraging environment. My teaching style derives loosely from progressive and existential philosophies. I think rules and guidelines are good, providing students with structure to build upon is very important in helping to shape a refined artist. providing guidelines and allowing a student to choose artistic medium is a way to allow creative freedom; it allows students to be passionate, and curious problem solvers. Overall, my classroom is a safe environment where students are challenged to express and create freely