Work History

Work History
May 2002 - Present

Professional Artist


Artist and Designer who specializes in hand-built vessels that rely on the historical reverence of terra sigillatta.  My vessels are inspired by exposed terrain of the earth.

Dec 2002 - Present

Teacher Assistant

Haywood County Schools

Haywood County Teacher Assistant of the Year 2011-2012

Riverbend Teacher Assistant of the Year 2014-2015, 2012-2013, 2004-2005

Instructional Assistance

  • Assists the teacher with planning and organizing instructional duties and activities.
  • Cooperates in developing procedures for the classroom.
  • Assists in the preparation of materials.
  • Maintains awareness of goals and objectives of supervising teacher.
  • Assists in implementing the planned program.
  • Provides information to teacher(s) concerning program evaluation.
  • Is involved in activities to improve effectiveness of the total school program.
  • Carries out supervisory duties in a prompt and responsible manner to ensure a safe and healthful environment.
  • Certified Reading Specialists- Wilson Multi-Sensory Reading Academy.
  • Evaluates, assesses, monitors learning strategy skills to struggling students.
  • Organizes and performs academic lessons (one-on-one, small group, whole class settings).

Clerical/Technical Assistance

  • Collects and records money according to established procedures.
  • Maintains classroom files and records in accordance with applicable rules, laws, and regulations.
  • Performs clerical duties as assigned.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the uses of items of equipment.
  • Has technical skill in operating equipment.
  • Assembles materials to maximized effect.

General Classroom Assistance

  • Exhibits positive behavior toward children, parents, staff, and administrators.
  • Positively communicates the needs of school and students to parents/community.
  • Conducts self as a positive role model in the school and community.
  • Assists students with understanding and adhering to rules and regulations.
  • Shares the responsibility for school cleanliness and neatness.
  • Assists in developing good house keeping skills and regard for the environment.
  • Certified First Aid, CPR, and AED.

Aug 2005 - Dec 2007

Adjunct Professor

Western Carolina University

Students evaluations ranked my class 3rd out of 56 art classes taught

Served as juror on outdoor sculpture committee, WCU

  • Created course syllabi and provided written course requirements to all enrolled students.
  • Organized and prepared course materials, demonstrations, critiques, and class discussions.
  • Maintained records of grades and attendance along with posting and keeping office hours.
  • Motivated and required student participation in exhibitions, visiting artists' demonstrations, and gallery talks.
  • Created and implemented innovative techniques in the Tile Making Course to challenge students' ideas.
  • Supervised loading and firing kilns.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills: familiarity with the operations in large dynamic studios and the steps to maximize safety, efficiency, and learning.
  • Experienced interacting successfully with people of widely different backgrounds--adjusting my interpersonal approaches to meet others at a place of common understanding.
Aug 2000 - May 2002

Graduate Studio Assistant

Western Carolina University

Member of NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts)

  • Worked with students individually or in groups to enhance their learning.
  • Provided direct assistance in the use of equipment and materials needed for instruction.
  • Oriented students to the studio.
  • Set up established studio experience for student as required by course outline or faculty direction.
  • Assisted the instructor in the classroom/ studio.
  • Scheduled and supervised open studios- assisted student as needed and monitored adherence to established studio policies and procedures.
  • Acquired, maintained, and inventoried equipment, materials and supplies for student instructional needs.
  • Performed repairs on equipment or assisted in identifying the best path to repair.
  • Maintained records of activities undertaken on the support of the studios which included typing forms, inputting data or otherwise retaining information regarding the acquisition, maintenance, and distribution of tools, equipment, materials, supplies, and/or written materials.
  • Provided a general cleanliness and security of the studios or work areas.
  • Monitored adherence by student and staff standard: ¬†disposed of hazardous materials according to specific instruction.
  • Assisted in provided for a safe environment for the studios, address any potentially unsafe condition and/or situation.
  • Oversaw the work of students, coordinate their activities in support of the instructional goals, trained them in appropriate technical aspects of their work.
  • Transcribed archival videos from past visiting artists.
  • Installed, deinstalled, inventoried, packed, unpacked art for university gallery.
  • Created and maintained condition report for art gallery.
  • Designed lighting for gallery.


Aug 2000 - May 2002

Masters of Art- Studio Art (Ceramics)

Western Carolina University
  • Created a visual language.
  • Wrote a lengthy published thesis of graduate work.
  • Developed critical analysis of peers and professionals.
  • Expanded knowledge of clay, throwing, hand building, firing, burnishing, glazing.
  • Assisted professional artists- Jeff Oestreich, Leah Leitson, David Crane, Cynthia Bringle.
  • Worked as graduate assistant, 20 hours a week.
Aug 1995 - Dec 1998

Bachelors of Science- Design (Art Minor)

Virginia Tech
  • Developed high quality design background (architectural, industrial, interior, graphic design).
  • Received Art Minor with classes in drawing, painting, wood fired ceramics, and art history.
  • Studied courses in business including marketing and professional business practices.
  • Instructed under professional ceramists- Silvie Granatelli and David Crane.