My name is Shelly Castle and I'm a graduate of Kaplan University with a Master's degree in Education, concentration in Technology Art and Design.
I am now studying for my PhD in Education with emphasis on Instructional Design and Distance Learning. This is a path for which I am well-prepared as I continue to pursue my passion for art and for learning.
I have herein assembled a collection of some of the work I’ve completed throughout my program of study. You’ll find philosophical and methodological concepts and mentor educational theories. Reflections on the teaching profession and reflective evaluation of my own instructional approach detail my ongoing quest for understanding, specifically pertaining to that of classic art and digital design.
Of equal importance is the gallery featuring student works of art from the past 15 years of private art instruction; and the past 2 years as an instructor of technology art for higher education.
I haven’t always been a teacher. I’ve spent time working in commercial art and conventional illustration, as well as in mural art and the art and design business world, spending my first year out of college working as art director for a top advertising firm. It was, in fact, those experiences which helped me see more clearly my desire to teach. I just really like academia! I really enjoy sharing and interacting with all learners of art. Collaborative creativity is central to my instructional design.
What I discovered along my path about the nature and importance of human communication through art, both classic and digital, is that visual imagery is crucial for future global interaction. I have gained an appreciation and respect for the content with which I strive to enrich my own students’ understanding.
Enjoy, and please, don’t hesitate to contact me.