I have been making things since I was physically able. My Mom, Kate, has been a K-5 art teacher for 30 years and her classroom extended into our living room. Years later, when it came time to declare a major in college, I decided on art. After I graduated from school I continued my education out of the studio and the traditional classroom. I explored other interests including working for Americorps and various Outdoor Ed organizations such as Outward Bound. These formative years were a time of change and gaining more life experience.
For the past several years I have worked for A Co. of Girls. ACOG is a mentorship program with an emphasis on theater and visual arts. During the summer I have worked for a sea kayaking school called Rippleffect.
The curriculums of the programs I have been a part of differ some but the core values and missions are similar. They all believe in empowering youth to be proactive, confident, caring, communicative, resourceful, aware, resilient, joyful, compassionate and creative. I have seen the meaning and purpose this can add to our lives and the potential is incredible.
I have been fortunate to try my hand at many different jobs. Each job was a great learning experience and formed me into the person and educator I am today. Now I am pleasantly surprised to be following in my Mom's footsteps. I am an art teacher.