Professional Experience

Woodlawn Elementary School – Alexandria, VA – 11/14/2011 to present
Visual Art Educator for grades K – 6

  • Plan and carry out lessons aligned with Fairfax County Public School Visual Art Curriculum
  • Plan and implement a supplementary pottery wheel class for grades 4 and 6
  • Co-teach regular education classes with special education (ED) students

West Pender Middle School – Burgaw, NC – 8/26/2009 to 1/26/2010
Visual Art Educator for grades 6 – 8

  • Designed and implemented visual arts units aligned with core curriculum areas
  • Coordinated fund raisers for visual art supplies, physical education, equipment repairs, and to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for students
  • Collaborated with community merchants, parents, and staff to develop programs and curriculum
  • Initiated and supervised school beautification projects, including several murals and a new school logo designed by students

Kapaa Middle School – Kapaa, Hawaii – 7/27/2007 to 6/9/2009
Visual Art Educator for grades 6 – 8 and Advisor for grade 6

  • Designed and implemented visual art units aligned with core content areas
  • Developed a network of local artists and professionals to provide enrichment opportunities
  • Initiated technology upgrades and curriculum modifications to accommodate student needs and interests
  • Focused class structure on building relationships, a component of the “Middle School Concept”

Hesse and Bartow Elementary SchoolsSavannah, Georgia – 8/8/2006 to 2/1/2007
Visual Art Educator for grades Pre-K – 5

  • Integrated core content with visual art units to create relevant lessons and aid student retention
  • Collaborated with faculty to develop inter-curricular units to stimulate student engagement
  • Created challenging learning communities by co-teaching with faculty in core content areas

AVID Program Site Coordinator – Kapaa, Hawaii – 7/25/2008 to 6/9/2009
Kapaa Middle School, Kapaa, Hawaii

  • Supervised implementation of AVID Program in accordance with grant requirements
  • Coordinated professional development, student recruitment and selection, and faculty articulation
  • Collaborated with community, schools, parents, and students to ensure successful implementation
  • Communicated implementation progress to Superintendent and GEAR UP/Hawaii Dept. of Education

Holomua After School Program – 1/19/2009 to 5/13/2009
Kapaa Middle School, Kapaa, Hawaii

  • Developed and implemented an in-depth ceramics course covering hand-building and throwing techniques, as well as the glazing and firing process  


Masters Degree, Master of Art in Teaching – 6/15/2006
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Bachelors Degree, Fine Art – 5/6/2005
Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

License and Certification:

Commonwealth of Virginia Postgraduate Professional License – 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2016
Subject Area – Visual Arts PreK – 12

Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate – 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2015
Subject Area – Art K-12
Elementary Education – K-6

North Carolina Standard Professional License – 4/13/2009 – 6/30/2012
Highly Qualified License Area – Art (Grades K-12)

Related Experience

Hawaii Board of Education/Kauai Complex – Kapaa, Hawaii – 4/27/2007 to 6/8/2007
Kapaa Middle School

  •    Provided daily assistance in area of highest demand; such as, administering state tests, substitute teaching, and organizing school curriculum materials

Mount Hope Learning Center – Providence, Rhode Island – 8/2005 to 11/2005
Martin Luther King Elementary School

  • Taught art enrichment classes, developed curriculum, and tutored language arts for grade 2

Upward Bound – Federal TRIO Program – Greeneville, Tennessee – 1999 to 2002
Tusculum College

  • Theatre instructor for intensive 6 week summer resident program for grades 9 – 12
  • Directed and produced full-scale productions including public performances
  • Coordinated annual field trip to tour semi-professional theatres and watch performances

Professional Affiliations

National Art Education Association
National Education Association
American Craft Council
VSA Arts
College Art Association

Professional Development and Training

  • Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding for Educators by VA Dept. of Social Services – December 2011
  • NCDPI Writing Across the Curriculum – December 2009
  • NCDPI Assessing Writing Across the Curriculum – December 2009
  • AVID Summer Institute – Sacramento, California – July 2008
  • AVID / College Board National Conference – San Diego, California – March 2008
  • AVID Coordinator and Site Team Workshops – Honolulu, Hawaii – 2007 to 2009
  • Lighthouse Project with Dr. Bruce Matsui – Kapaa, Hawaii – 7/2007 to 10/2007
  • Hawaii Standards & Curriculum Development for Visual Art – Honolulu, Hawaii – 2007
  • Computer Literacy in the Classroom Program Training – Honolulu, Hawaii – 2007


Georgia Art Education Association Juried Exhibition, Red Shoes, acrylic on canvas, Valdosta, Georgia 2007

Art Almost As Good As This, Crossley Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL 2005

Pantone Process Uncoated, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL 2005

Best of Ringling, St. James at the Exxon, etching, Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL 2005

On The Outskirts of Town, Artist Retrospective, Mason House Gallery, Greeneville, TN 2004

Best of CORE, 1941 dress, pattern paper/mixed media, Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL 2001