I am a High School Art Educator turned Art Curriculum Designer, with over 25 years teaching experience - the last 14 spent in the high school classroom.
The struggle may seem overwhelming, but I am here with good news. You can have engaged students, confident artists, and a well-managed classroom with a set of strategies that is simple and easy to implement.
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I began teaching at the age of 41 and this is my 15th year in the biz. I guess you could say I'm late to the party.
Prior to teaching I held a variety of jobs while my daughter was young - Waitress, Seamstress, Custom Bikini Designer for Bikini Competitors, Stuffed Snowman Designer, Custom Framer, Secretary, Private Art Teacher, Commission Oil Painter and Hardware Store Clerk (yes, for reals.)
My love for all things creative and teaching came together in 2001. I have always had a love for seeing people realize their full potential and fortunately I also have an endlessly supportive husband (see handsome guy in photo) so when I was 34 and our daughter was 9 I went back to school to become an Art Teacher.
The blessing became a reality in 2009 and I have been a Drawing, Painting and AP® Studio Art Teacher in the beautiful state of North Carolina to hundreds of fabulous young people ever since. In 2018 I began creating educational resources for fellow Art Teachers and this part of the journey brings us to this website.
My HOPE and my GOAL is to make this site a comfortable place where people can go to get quality, thorough and easy to use resources for the art classroom, homeschool platform, or personal art skill development.
“Treat all people as if they are chosen for a unique purpose. There are heroes among us.”
“Thank you for being a part of my community. It is a privilege to be your teacher.”
“Nothing happens by chance. Keep your eyes open, the best is yet to come.”
YES! I'M IN!
Want to make your dream classroom a reality?
I started my journey in the classroom thinking everyone would walk in and the students would be ready to work hard and treat me and everyone in the room with kindness, support and encouragement. Newsflash…No such luck.I decided to take a hard look at my curriculum and procedures. And with one simple approach, I hit pay dirt.
My live recorded workshops show you exactly how to implement this scaffolded approach to learning in your middle or high school art room.
Educators tell me time and again how these methods have saved their careers. And they can’t believe how simple the strategies are. Because it works. Without fancy frills. Just getting back to basics.
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