I am so excited to be in my fifth year here in White Plains! Prior to coming here, I taught for 6 years in NYC at PS 250 (in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn). I have a BA from the University of Richmond (Studio Art/Art History) and an MA from Columbia University Teachers College (Art & Art Education). I also have my National Board Certification in Early Middle Childhood Art and serve as a Profesisonal Learning Facilitator for National Board Candidates (I teach two cohorts, one in White Plains and another in Croton-on-Hudson).
I have always loved looking at and making art, but I became a visual art teacher so that I could share this passion with young people. My curriculum emphasizes materials-based explorations and process-oriented projects. I view artmaking as a form of communication; a visual language is the first language we all learn. So that all students can be successful, I strive to give them ample time exploring materials so that they develop a familiarity with these materials, which will in turn provide endless ways for children to express themselves.
It is important to me that my students spend class time looking at and discussing art from a variety of genres, as well as having meaningful art-making experiences with a variety of mediums and materials. I work to create cross-curricular extensions so that students learn that art is not a separate subject, but something that can enrich their learning and growth in all other subject areas. I also strive to create differentiated instruction so that every child, regardless of ability, feels supported and encouraged to make art safely and creatively.