I graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in illustration and a minor in philosophy. I have been involved in the creative industry for over 25 years and have served as a volunteer in many communities for longer than I can remember. With frequent moves associated with military living, I worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. I specialized in portraiture and designing posters and artwork for various companies and battalions within the U.S. Army. Additionally, I have also volunteered at Army Community Services to provide art instruction to spouses of deployed soldiers. I earned a web design certification at South Puget Sound Community College and my Master's in Teaching at The Evergreen State College.
I recently took a 1 year leave to operate a small art supply retail business in downtown Olympia. My experience as a small business owner managing art supplies, promoting classes and workshops, engaging with the local community and other small businesses has given me many resources to bring back into the classroom to enrich student learning. I am excited to continue as the 2D art teacher here at Ridge. I am so fortunate enough to be able to continue supporting young people in developing artistic skills not only as an asset for those interested in pursuing careers in creative fields but also for every student in becoming global citizens who understand the creative process and the impact that art has on individuals, cultures, and history.
What you can expect from me in my classroom is differentiation in my teaching to meet diverse learning needs that ensures equitable access to learning. My teaching philosophy embraces anti-racist, LGBTQ+ affirming, multicultural, and feminist education to create a compassionate, humanizing learning community within a safe and empowering environment.
Please contact me if you have questions, comments, or concerns. I check my email multiple times throughout the day. This is the best way to reach me.
Semester 1 Schedule1st Period - Intro to Arts Through Ethnic Studies RM 5112nd Period - Drawing RM 5113rd Period - Drawing RM 5114th Period - Planning5th Period - Painting RM 511
6th Period - AP Studio Art Rm 511
Semester 2 Schedule1st Period - Drawing RM 5112nd Period - Drawing RM 5113rd Period - Drawing RM 5114th Period - Planning5th Period - Painting RM 511
6th Period - AP Studio Art RM 511