As an elementary art teacher, my role is to give students a space to explore their creativity in the arts. By providing experiences in many different media, the students will grow as artists. Students will be exposed to many different artists and learn that the arts are integrated into their visual culture everyday. Lessons will employ the students’ critical thinking skills to artfully solve problems. A goal that I have will be to integrate many interdisciplinary connections that will make meaningful and lasting connections for the students. The art room will be a safe space for students to express themselves and cultivate an appreciation for the arts.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University in 2008. I taught at the high school level for the first 5 years. I taught Art 1, Art 2, and computer graphics at an IT focused school in Prince William County, VA. Then I made the move to Arlington Public Schools and elementary school in 2014. I split my time between Claremont Immersion and Hoffman Boston from 2014-2016. I’m now proud to call myself a Discovery Explorer!
I am a proud alumni from JMU, and I have served on the alumni chapter leadership team for the past 6 years. I also have served as the membership and outreach chair, and most recently as the president of the chapter. I love everything purple and gold and always cheer on the Dukes! In college my concentration was in photography, and I still enjoy taking photographs in and around the DC area. On the weekends, I love to go into DC and see new exhibits at museums. As an avid reader, I try to read as many books as I can. The last couple of years I have read over 30 books from a wide array of authors and genres.
I read Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson when I was a child and I still love it as an adult. Crockett Johnson is able to use the most basic element of art, line, to create an interesting story of a little boy going on great adventures. Harold goes to many places real and imaginary and gets very creative with his crayon. I love that Harold is able to use his creativity and make lines and shapes into a fun new world. Harold is able to turn even mistakes into fun challenges for himself. This is a book I love to read to my students and see the worlds that they are able to create from their imaginations.