I have been teaching full-time since 1995, ages ranging from preschool through adult, in South Korea, rural Indiana, and New Mexico. I have been at Rio Rancho High School since 1998, teaching Art I and Art II, Painting and Drawing, 3D Art I and 3D Art II, and Independent Study. I have also taught 2-dimensional design at the University of New Mexico. Through two summers, I was an art mentor to high school students for the Albuquerque mayor's Art Summer Institute (ASI) program, designing and painting two large murals downtown.
As a teacher, I am qualified in drawing, painting in many media from watercolor to oils, hand-built ceramics, wheel thrown ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, carpentry, jewelry, commercial art (including graphic design, digital imaging, illustration, web design), and art history. I have experience organizing and executing multiple student group projects, teaching as part of a team, in traditional 50-minute periods, as well as 90-minute block schedules. I have shown my artwork in several galleries throughout the U.S.
At Blackford High School in Indiana I was an assistant swim trainer for the boys swim team and active with the Art Club. I co-sponsored the Art Club at South Adams High School in Indiana, as well. In New Mexico I have assisted with the mountain bike team at Rio Rancho High School and led independent groups of art students on local hikes. I founded the Westside Art Show. This is a juried group show of student work from schools on the westside of Albuquerque; it is a collaborative effort of students, teachers, school administration, local businesses, and community members.
I was a part of curriculum development in South Korea, South Adams High School, and actively developed the art department at Rio Rancho High School, which included curriculum development and alignment, and course offerings. At RRHS I have also been involved in candidate interviews, and served on several oversight committees such as Ram Management Council.
I have a Bachelors degree from Taylor University in Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in painting and drawing. The MFA is the highest attainable degree in visual arts. I hold a Level 3 license to teach 7-12th grade visual arts in New Mexico.