You know how some people wake up very morning and dread going to their jobs? Well I'm truly fortunate not to be one of them! It is my joy to explore, create, invent, discover, try, retry, learn and grow along with your child each and every day.
In my mind, childhood and art go together. Children share themselves with you through their art naturally and as time goes on, art becomes a way for them to make sense of the visual world, create beauty, and communicate in a way that words cannot. The process of creating is important for brain development and it provides a sense of engagement and excitement in which it is easy to get absorbed. Art can be a source of pride, and an opportunity to gently tame those thoughts that get in the way in projects and in life. Learning about art helps you to learn to think critically, to solve problems, to question, to reflect, and to play with perception. I am pleased to offer your children a wide variety of artful experiences that will enrich and add to their success in all areas of their lives.
I grew up in Denver and went on to receive a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and then a Elementary License and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver. I taught Kindergarten for 7 years and then taught First Grade for 7 years and earned a certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Early Childhood Education. Deciding that my favorite part of my day with children was when I was able to facilitate creative projects, I decided to begin to study art by taking classes in order to receive an Art Endorsement. This is my 24th year in the District and my 11th teaching art.