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Summary

Accomplished National Board Certified Art Teacher who inspires creativity in students and positively impacts both student learning and the school community. 

Work History

Feb 2010June 2016

Art Teacher

Laurel Park Year Round Elementary/Wake County Public Schools, Apex, NC

Art Teacher for 970 students in grades K-5 on four tracks in a year-round calendar school. Art program follows the Essential Standards for Fine Arts in NC and integrates the Common Core. Co-facilitated two book studies/action research teams. Collaborated with the Music Teacher to create a school-wide annual art and music night for five consecutive years. Organized a local professional learning team for colleagues in the Apex and Cary, NC communities over a three year period. Implemented and maintain Artsonia for our school, an online digital art portfolio for all Laurel Park students. Students in grades 2-5 photograph, edit, and publish their own artwork using an iPad mini, and peer teach the process using the Artsonia app, applying the 21st century skills of communication and collaboration.

Aug 2007May 2008

Art Teacher

Purple Sage Elementary/Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX

Taught 420 students in grades K-5, with twenty five percent of students in the school's Dual Language Immersion Program. Art program followed the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills(TEKS), and art lessons regularly integrated math, science, technology, and literacy skills. Created a method of teaching the Elements of Art and Principles of Design using Total Physical Response to meet the needs of diverse learners. Successfully implemented Carol Dweck's "Mindsets" research into the art classroom. Created a Mindsets presentation for kids, encouraged a growth mindset of intelligence, and created a classroom culture based on effort. Initiated two after-school art clubs for grades 3-5, resulting in two art installations for the campus. Mentored an at-risk second grader as part of a campus-wide volunteer mentor program for struggling students.

Aug 2006May 2007

Art Teacher

Laurel Mountain Elementary/Spicewood Elementary/Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX

Taught 400 students in grades K-5 in a position split 50/50 between two elementary schools, Laurel Mountain and Spicewood. Developed an innovative digital photography project for fourth graders integrating art, science, and technology. Achieved ESL/Supplemental to Texas Educator's License (2007). Completed International Baccalaureate Level 1 Training for the Primary Years Programme (2007). 

Aug 2005May 2006

Art Teacher

Stony Point Ninth Grade Center/Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX

Taught Art I for approximately 180 students in 9th grade. Increased previously low student participation and achievement in Art I (by Principal's report) through challenging course work, culturally responsive teaching, and a focus on social realism. Increased student pride in their work by creating displays of their artwork around the school and worked with the school librarian to replace all the posters in the media center with framed Art 1 paintings. Students enjoyed district recognition for their artwork, including awards for Black History Month and Very Special Arts.

Aug 1999May 2003

Elementary Art Teacher

Purple Sage Elementary/Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX

Taught Visual Art for 420 students in grades K-5, twenty five percent of whom were ESL students representing thirty countries. Emphasized global art traditions and sought ways to support core instruction for each grade level. Provided an after-school art club for students in grades 3-5, which resulted in a large 8' x40' painted mural installed on the facade of the school. Students enjoyed recognition for their artwork at local, district, and national levels. Fourteen student artworks were published in the professional art education book Emphasis Art, 8th Edition (2005) by Frank Wachowiak, edited by Robert Clements.

Aug 1998May 1999

Itinerant Art Teacher

Albuquerque Fine Arts Program/Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, NM

Taught art at Los Padillas, Valle Vista, and Armijo Elementary Schools through an itinerant art program designed to provide elementary art instruction and to help classroom teachers integrate the arts into their curriculum. Co-taught a clay arts workshop for classroom teachers, and wrote a guide for teachers on using clay in the classroom.

Aug 1992May 1993

Photography Teacher

Savannah Country Day School, Savannah, GA

Taught Introduction to and Advanced Photography part time in the Upper School. Served as a Senior Advisor for three students toward the development of their Senior Projects. Two students received awards for their photographs at the 1993 Pace Academy Juried Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Education

19951997

M.A in Art Education with K-12 Art Teaching License

University of New Mexico

GPA: 4.0

19881992

BACHELORS

Savannah College of Art and Design

GPA: 3.8

Certifications

Nov 2012Nov 2022

National Board Certified Teacher, Early/Middle Childhood Art

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Jul 2011Jun 2016

Professional Educator's License, Art K-12

State of North Carolina