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Arts Educator/Senior Team Lead/Instructional Coach

Summary

Art Educator and Instructional Coach with 14 years of experience working with diverse teachers and learners to foster a safe environment for experimentation, reflection and risk-taking while cultivating passion for the arts.

Work History

Aug 2017Current

Visual Arts Teacher

Aspen High School; Aspen School District
  • Visual Arts Teacher:  Taught semester long courses including Art 1, Art 2, Intro to 3D Design/Ceramics, CTE Graphic Design. Created a 1 week curriculum for Experiential Education week including 5 full days of 3D/Sculpture/installation units. Introduced a 3 Dimensional Design course into the curriculum outlining 3D concepts and principles. Participated in professional learning opportunities including both local and national Art Education Association conferences. Led a 1 week Experiential Education course with 30 students rafting through Cataract Canyon in Utah; included camping, outdoor cooking, basic mountaineering, hiking and rafting. 
  • Social Emotional Learning Steering Committee Member: Collaborated with a team to integrate Emory University's Social Emotional and Ethical learning curriculum into our school through a year long advisory with teacher's experiential education groups. Facilitated staff training and acquisition of strategies for mindful teaching of curriculum. Implemented curriculum with high school students in small group setting focusing on resiliency, compassion and self-care. 
  • Leadership Committee MemberActively facilitated professional development based on the needs and expectations of the  Instructional Leadership Team. Introduced a mentorship and peer observation strategic team to help new and veteran teachers grow and improve their personal practice. 
  • Co-Department Chair: Co-lead a multi-content team of 10 educators in the Fine and Performing Arts, CTE, Technology and Aeronautics. Acted as a liaison between administration and the department as well as facilitated professional development opportunities for elective department members through advocacy and research.
Jan 2018Current

Northwest Regional Representitive

Colorado Art Education Association

Advocating for rural Northwestern Colorado art teachers and our students.

Aug 2013June 2017

Senior Team Lead/Instructional Coach/Digital Media Teacher

Denver South High School ; Denver Public Schools
  • Digital Media Teacher: Created and implemented innovative Career and Technical Education curriculum to establish the new Digital Media program at South High School. Subjects taught include CTE Graphic Design, CTE 3D Animation and Advanced CTE Portfolio. Course focused around career relevant skills and technology. Included strategies for working within a technologically blended learning environment including digital portfolios and sketchbooks.  Worked with a diverse population of learners in grades 9-12 with high numbers of refugee and ELA students with a total minority enrollment of 75% and a FRL rate of 71%. Specific Technology used: Adobe Creative Suite, Cinema 4D, 3D printing, Large Format printing, Heat Press transfers and Matting.
  • Senior Team Lead/Instructional Coach: Led a team of educators in Visual Arts, CTE Business, CTE Technology and Music through coaching cycles based on the DPS LEAP Framework. Used Cognitive Coaching strategies and coaching cycles in order to cultivate a culture of reflective practice amongst teachers. Coached teachers surrounding SIOP strategies for English Language Learners specifically around literacy and collaborative strategies in a variety of content areas. Actively facilitated professional development based on the needs and expectations of the  Instructional Leadership Team. Created culture-building "House Cup" to foster cross-curricular relationships among staff and encourage diverse perspectives in professional development approaches. Performed full evaluations along with mid-year and end-of-year conversations with team members. Developed team newsletter for consistent communication with my team and as a forum for reflective conversations, idea sharing and collaboration. 
  • Assessment Team Member: Worked collaboratively with Site Assessment Lead to create protocols and training for teachers for ACCESS, PARCC, PSAT, SAT, etc. Certified through WiDA for ELA assessment training facilitation. Certified through SAT for assessment training facilitation. Served as Assistant SAL for PSAT/SAT. 
  • Department Chair + Instructional  Coach: Led a department of 9 Business, Art and Music teachers and acted as a liaison between administration and teachers. Trained as a Cognitive Coach to observe and coach teachers towards best practices through collaboration. Coached 3 teachers on my caseload which included collaborative pre-planning, observation and post-lesson coaching.
  • Professional Development Facilitator: Developed a 3 session professional development series on Social Emotional Mindfulness in Teaching. Sessions focused on strategies for work life balance as individuals, Mindful learning for students, and how to create positive collaborative practices with colleagues. Series was based on social emotional learning for teens and adults and how to facilitate the transfer of learning from the classroom to real life.
  • Elected Member of Personnel/Hiring Committee: Completed ethics based training in hiring practices. Developed district and state relevant questions to screen applicants for desired teacher pool. Conducted interviews with a panel of teachers and administrators. Contributed to hiring choices in multiple content areas.
  • Yearbook Advisor: Implemented a Design and Journalism based curriculum to yearbook class to achieve final published product of 196 page, full color book. Acted as liaison between publisher, photographers and students to assure accuracy while meeting multiple deadlines. Advised students on creative marketing strategies to strengthen community appeal, maximize income and control costs. Developed "Yearbook Saint" program in order to provide books to exemplary students on free and reduced lunch.
  • Avid Site Team Member
  • Project Cam-Opener Cohort 2015-16
  • 3D Animation Residency; Kansas City Arts Institute
  • Metro State University of Denver Mentor
Aug 2005Jun 2013

Ceramics Teacher

Rangeview High School; Aurora Public Schools
  • Teacher: Taught semester and yearlong courses including 2D Design, Drawing 1&2, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Jewelry, Ceramics 1,2,3 & 4, 3D Advanced Placement Design. Developed curriculum for 3D AP based on College Board requirements. Attained an average pass rate of 3.75 on AP portfolio submissions. Worked with a diverse population of learners in grades 9-12 in a socioeconomically distressed neighborhood with a FRL rate of 43% and minority enrollment of 67%
  • Professional Development Facilitator 
  • Aurora Public Schools Visual Arts Committee
  • APS K-12 Festival of the Arts Co-Chair
  • EMAC Catalyst Show Co-Chair
  • Metro State University of Denver Mentor
  •  Sponsorships: National Art Honors Society, Student Senate Class Sponsor

Education

Dec 2012May 2016

Master of Arts in Fine Arts

Regis University

Concentration in Ceramics

Aug 2004May 2005

K-12 Art Teaching License

Metro State University of Denver
Sep 1997Jun 2001

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media Arts Design

University of Denver

Secondary focus in Art History and Studio Art

Endorsements

2013Present

Career and Technical Education Certification

Colorado Department of Education

Professional Certification as CTE Teacher in Digital Media

2013Present

K-12 Special Education Generalist

Colorado Department of Education

Continuing Education Coursework and State Test

20132014

ELA-T Designation

Denver Public Schools

English Language Acquisition  continuing education program consisting of 39.5 hours of coursework in best practices for ELA students through sheltering and academic language.

Professional Affiliations

Colorado Art Education Association

National Art Education Association

National Education Association

Colorado Association of Career and Technical Education

NEXT Gallery Associate Member, Navajo Arts District, Denver