Fall Semester 2009
Collins Hill High School, Suwanee, GA Planned and implemented multicultural crafts lessons (African Batiks), 3-D Design lessons (Paper Travel Shoes), art history and art criticism lessons for 9 weeks, 9-12 grade students. Supervising Teacher-Susan Sparks, 2008, CHHS Star Teacher of the Year.
Pharr Elementary School, Snellville, GA Planned and implemented multicultural music, ceramics, and service learning lessons for 850+, K-5 students. Students engaged in lessons related to African music arts, culture, environment, and animals. Students created African clay animal rattles and participated in service learning by collecting over 250 pairs of gently worn shoes for global relief efforts.
Art Education Field Experiences
Fall 2008, Clarke Middle School, Athens, GA Teaching assistance in 6th through 8th grade art classrooms.
Spring 2008, Cortona Elementary School, Cortona, Italy Planned and executed integrated visual arts and social studies lessons in the Italian language to second grade students.
Fall 2007, Chase Street Elementary School, Athens, GA Planned and executed integrated visual art and literature lessons to first and fifth grade general classrooms.
Spring 2006, Pharr Elementary School, Snellville, GA Teaching assistance in kindergarten through 5th grade art classrooms.
Missionary and Teacher in South Africa
One year service term-2004
Cape Peninsula Area, South Africa Missionary, teacher, and co-owner/manager of a missions guest house (The Team House, www.theteamhouse.com) serving Living Hope Community Centres ( www..livinghope.co.za).
After-school Arts Program Coordinator, Masiphumelele, South AfricaPlanned, directed, and taught HIV/AIDS awareness education, life/social skills, visual arts, games, music, and bible lessons to Living Hope Community Centres’ after-school youth/teen program.
The Team House Co-manager, Noordhoek, South AfricaCreated and co-managed The Team House, guest house and retreat center, for visiting mission teams serving Living Hope Ministries in Cape Town. Co-hosted an average of two mission teams per month with frequently 10-35 persons per team. Mission teams traveled from the UK, USA, Canada, and various countries throughout Africa. The Team House hosted numerous USA musicians including Jars of Clay, FFH, Casting Crowns, and South African musicians for concerts benefiting Living Hope Community Centres.
Community Service, Arts and Homeschool Teacher, and Arts Endeavors
Private Fine Arts Academy Teacher(2002-2003 school year)Calligraphy, illumination, and history of the bible teacher for 3rd-12th grade students attending Master’s Academy of Fine Arts, Snellville, GA.
Community and Church Volunteer Sunday school and VBS teacher for elementary grades (TX and GA), Awana lead teacher for third grade (GA), Awana bible-story time lead teacher for elementary grades (approx. 300 Awana attendees in GA). VBS coordinator and teacher for a middle school missions program ministering to inner-city youth (Orlando, FL), Coordinator and teacher for 100 children attending a special bible study and art day in 2003 sponsored by Living Hope Community Centre’s Children's Clubs, Masiphumelele, South Africa.
Homeschool Teacher in all core subjects for 2nd-5th grades. Homeschooled our three children, Ben, Mark, and Grace while living in Texas, Georgia, and South Africa. Ben graduated Grayson High School, Loganville, GA in 2006, fifth in his class of 550+ students. Mark was Grayson's valedictorian in 2007 and Grace is in the top 2% of the GHS class of 2012.
Artist (1966-present) Created first original oil painting (landscape of a South Dakota farm) on a framed canvas at age 7. Produced, exhibited, and sold calligraphic artwork in arts and crafts fairs and galleries in Salado and Addison, Texas. Sold 12 original calligraphic artworks for printing and resale through Joshua's Christian Bookstores, Fort Worth, Texas. Completed multiple university level studio art and art education courses in the USA, South Africa, and Italy including color and composition, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, wheel-thrown pottery, graphic design, calligraphy, printmaking, book arts, photography, painting in various mediums and styles including oil, acrylic, folk art, ceramic, majolica, and watercolor painting, art aesthetics, art criticism, art history, K-12 art education, special education, and multicultural art education. Exhibited book arts crafts in the 2008 UGA LDSOA student art exhibit in Cortona, Italy. In 2009, exhibited ceramics, oil paintings, and book arts creations in art shows at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, UGA, Athens, GA.
Positions in Business Arena
1985-1986, Austin, Texas, Marketing Research Consultant reporting to AT&T’s Consumer Marketing Division, Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Compiled and analyzed marketing data in a 100+ page report with recommendations for AT&T's Texas consumer marketing strategies.
1984-1985, Basking Ridge, NJ, Consumer Advertising Research ManagerCompiled research into reports, presentations and projects related to AT&T's national consumer advertising and pricing strategies.
1983-1984, Fort Worth, TX, Marketing and Advertising Manager Eastman Financial Company- Created the company's marketing plan and managed the implementation of advertising, direct mail, and telemarketing approaches to Texas business and consumer customers.
1982-1983, Kansas City, MO, Sales Manager AT&T Business-to-Business Marketing Center
1981-1982, Kansas City, MO, Assistant BuyerMacy's Department Stores, Midwest Division