My goal as an art educator is to teach children to interpret, engage, and express themselves in the visual culture that surrounds them daily. All children will not grow up to be professional artists but the creativity and problem-solving skills learned through artmaking are valued in all career paths. About 2 years ago, I took a leap of faith after researching the TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behaviors) pedagogy for a year. Students learn to think creatively, develop problem-solving skills, and aspire to be lifelong learners and supporters of the arts in the space I re-named the Art LAB (Learning Artistic Behaviors). Students are naturally curious and thrive with hands-on learning in this studio space. They have voice, choice, and agency over their learning.
Prior to living in Wisconsin, I taught high school art in Los Angeles for 7 years. I earned my BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my Masters of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University in California. I am a Texas native, wife, and mother of two incredible children.