I’ve always had a passion for the arts and try as often as I can to spread design ideas and creative concepts to the people I meet and the world around me. In 2002 I graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where I received a joint Arts Education with the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western. I started my teaching career right out of college and have been a part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for ten years. I started as a high school visual arts teacher for a good portion of the time and then transitioned to support an administrative role as an artistic director for the Cleveland School of the Arts and later as Assistant Head of School for MC2 STEM High School. I am currently leading a District wide STEM initiative that started out of the MC2 STEM High School and has spread to six K-8 STEM Schools within the Cleveland School District.
- STEM Curriculum
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
- Project Based Learning
- Academic, arts and curriculum integration
- Program coordination and management
- Student development and assessment
- Marketing and public relations
- FABLAB (MIT based Fabrication Lab)
CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Assistant Head of School, MC2 STEM High School 2008-Present
Initiating teacher and assistant administrator for a trans-disciplinary, STEM focused curriculum delivered through a Project Based approach. Facilitated professional development for teaching teams and K-8 STEM schools for the District. Lead facilitator for the MIT based FABLAB (Fabrication Lab) including teacher training, project development, and Mobile FabLab.
Visual Arts Teacher, Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School 2007-2008
PreK through 8th grade elementary school for the deaf. Visual Art lessons that used the arts as a form of communication and expression. Use of various fine art experiences including; drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, sculpture.
Arts & Technology Director, Cleveland School of the Arts – Upper Campus (6-12) 2006-2007
Assisted principal in organizational responsibilities including faculty development, communications, scheduling, and community outreach and initiatives in both academic and art areas from University Circle to Columbus. Partnered in leading the Faculty Council discussions on curriculum, instruction and facilities for a new CSA K-12 Campus.
Artistic Director, Cleveland School of the Arts – Lower Campus (Pre-K-8) 2005-2006 Administrator for the pilot year of a new elementary school specializing in the arts. Supervised and implemented teacher professional development and training, class scheduling, programs and events, school budget and financing, parent/community relations, and new audition process. Emphasized the arts in education and spearheaded their integration into the classroom through special scheduling and administration support for the arts.
Visual Arts Teacher, Early College High School 2002-2004
Art and Technology instruction providing opportunity for graduation in three years through an academically rigorous schedule incorporating college-level courses and interdisciplinary curriculum. Piloted new CMSD initiative at Cleveland State University campus for selected academically motivated high school students.
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
Masters in Educational Administration
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Bachelor of Science in Art Education; Teaching Certificate: K-12 Visual Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Art Education Certificate: Four-year joint program with Case Western Reserve University
Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy
Intensive study abroad program based in Florence with experiences in Rome and Paris