Master of Arts in Art Education, The Art of Education University, IA
California Single Subject Teaching Credential: Visual Arts, California State University Long Beach, CA
BA Studio Art, San Diego State University, CA
Philosophy of Art Education
I was once told as an art student that every creative act is an act of bravery. Every mark is a decision that encompasses risk and reward, process and product, exploration and reflection. As an educator I challenge my students to explore, learn and create fearlessly so that they may become better artists, people, and members of society.
As a teacher, my guiding principles are openness and connectedness. I share my passion for art, as an artist, by motivating my students to discover a new interest or develop an existing one within the arts that prioritizes creativity over technical achievement. I encourage them to bring their own perspectives to the classroom and interpret their story and opinions in an authentic visual way.
The overarching objectives for my students are as follows:
To complete these objectives I utilize a variety of teaching strategies to acknowledging that students retain information differently and respond better to certain types of instruction. I value individualization within equity and acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of all students so they may excel at their own pace instead of being compared to a student that may have begun at a higher level or has more experience.
Fairness and consistency guide my classroom management. The art classroom must be a safe space for all students to have a verbal and visual dialogue with one another and myself. An organized space with clear behavior expectations is critical to achieve this. Within this structure I encourage questioning, reward participation, and discuss concerns openly with my students while being sensitive and attuned to those students who struggle to be engaged outwardly.
I promote self-motivation and aim to set the example for my students that creating and learning are processes that combine inspiration, determination, collaboration and reflection.