I grew up in southern Alabama, but attended college in California. After receiving my bachelor of arts in art history and studio art from UC Davis, I worked at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento for four years. While at the Crocker, I began my teaching career as a graduate student at UC Davis teaching art history to undergraduates. I have taught studio art and art history classes at the secondary level for the past seven years. In 2015, my family relocated to Alameda from Davis, where I taught AP Art History at Davis Senior High School.
My primary goal as a teacher is linked to the larger purpose of education. In my view, the larger purpose of education is to develop critical thinking and creativity, so that students are able to critically evaluate the world and make valuable contributions to it. As an art teacher, I make every attempt to help students realize their creative potential while teaching technical skills with a rigorous curriculum that also encourages a life-long appreciation of beauty.
My life is value-driven and my primary values are love, beauty, harmony and truth. While this may sound cliché, art encompasses all for me and it is my pleasure to share my knowledge and guide students to find their versions of these values. I lead an art-centered life – if not teaching art, I’m in my studio making art, reading art journals or checking out the latest gallery/museum exhibitions. Art is the lens through which I experience and contribute to the world and I feel privileged not only to share the world of art with younger generations, but help them make it anew.