I have twenty years experience as a professional artist and arts educator. I received my BFA in Ceramics from the university of Nebraska-Lincoln, and my MFA in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996. I received my K12 art certification from Cardinal Stritch. I had the pleasure of teaching Ceramics at Pius XI high school for six years before joining The Alliance School of Milwaukee, a small MPS charter high school where I developed the visual arts program designed to support LGBT, marginalized and at-risk youth. I was trained in restorative practices by Jamie Williams and Oscar Reed the founders of The Restorative Way. I incorporate storytelling, art making, handwork and restorative methods to empower students to share their stories as a way to cultivate their personal voice and build community. This past year I co-presented, "I Can Tell A Story.....Building Community using Art Making and Restorative Practices" at the IIRP (International Institute for Restorative Practices) World Conference in Kortijk, Belgium.
I will be co-presenting a hands on workshop next month for the NAEA Conference in Minneapolis and will travel to Sassari, Italy to present at the European Forum on Restorative Justice Conference in June.
I am a past recipient of the Milwaukee County Emerging Artist Grant and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators, "Black Educator of the Year" award. I have co-facilitated Restorative Practices training for students, staff and educators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin Art Education Association and for the National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts.
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