I am a visual artist, educator, writer and researcher with over a decade of experience working in the field of education. I am patient, kind, respectful?and passionate about helping students to pursue excellence. I have experience teaching at all levels ? elementary, middle school, high school, and college. I also have experience working with immigrant students, students with special needs, and students from diverse cultural backgrounds. I have previously directed a daily after-school progr... [more]
I was born in Detroit, Michigan and my native language is English. My undergraduate degree is from an Ivy League school (Cornell University), and I have experience as a professional writer, writing art reviews for an international website. In addition, at my previous job as a Teaching Artist for P?rez Art Museum Miami I was responsible for proofreading and copyediting lesson plans before they were published on the museum's website. I was assigned this task because my supervisor knew that one of my strengths was being able to catch errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
I've had a strong interest in geography ever since I was a child. As a college student at Cornell l took many courses pertaining to the history and cultures of different peoples and places around the world, such as the United States, Latin America, Africa, and China. I also have a strong background in art history and I have taught a college-level class in History of Art, which covered the art of the entire world, with a special focus on Europe, the United States, ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. I have lived in several different U.S. states ? Michigan, Florida, Georgia & New York ? and I have visited numerous others, such as Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Colorado, Nevada, California & Alaska?as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. I have also worked in Mexico, studied in Italy, and traveled to numerous other countries, such as Cuba, Canada, Spain, Japan, Jamaica, Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, St. Lucia & St. Maarten/St. Martin. I spent five years working as a photo researcher at a stock photography agency which maintained a library of photographs from countries all over the world. This helped me become familiar with notable places in many countries that I haven't been to myself.
I have a longtime interest in world history and politics. At Cornell University I majored in Fine Arts, but I took many elective courses in history and the social sciences. These included classes in Latin American history, Native American studies, and the history of Africa and the African diaspora. I also have a strong background at history. I've always believed that it is an artist's responsibility to engage with important issues of the day, and that in order to understand the present we must understand the past. In 2009 I facilitated a large-scale community mural project in Teaneck, New Jersey, which was inspired by the history of the local area throughout various historical periods. These murals were designed and painted in collaboration with local middle school students. I am fairly well traveled, having been to Mexico (for a 1 month artist residency), as well as Italy (a semester abroad), Japan, Spain, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. I've also taught History of Art at the college level. This introductory course covered world culture from the prehistoric cave paintings of Europe to contemporary art of the 21st century.
I am an Adjunct Instructor at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale as well as a practicing visual artist. Previously I have taught History of Art at Unilatina International College and I have also been a Teaching Artist at P?rez Art Museum Miami, where I led students in discussions of modern and contemporary art. I have a B.F.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.
I have many years of experience working with students in grades K-6 in a variety of settings. I've facilitated a number of mural projects with this age group in Mexico and New York City. I've also helped second graders with homework in an after-school program for two years, and I spent five years as the Site Director of an after-school program and summer day camp for K-5 students. I've also taught after-school art classes and Saturday art classes for this age group, and I've led museum tours for elementary school students at the P?rez Art Museum Miami and El Museo del Barrio. Currently I am a Guest Educator (substitute teacher) with Enriched Schools, and I've been placed primarily in elementary schools, where I've followed the teachers' lesson plans in reading, math, language arts, and social studies.
I have experience teaching a weekly art class?"All Kids Included"?as part of an inclusive program for students with and without disabilities. My class, which was for elementary school-age children, included students with various special needs (primarily emotional and mental) along with students who did not have special needs. With my support and guidance, many of the students with special needs were able to do outstanding work. I received positive feedback from many parents.
I am currently a Guest Educator (substitute teacher) with Enriched Schools, a position in which I have taught social studies to elementary school students. Prior to that, I have experience as an art educator and have developed a number of different lesson plans that use visual art to teach students about social studies topics. I also have experience tutoring a high school student in social studies. As a college student at Cornell, I took numerous courses in social studies topics, such as Origins of Liberal Arts Education, Introduction to China, Interpreting Law & Culture, Introduction to American Indian Studies, Latin America in the Modern Age, Contemporary Italian Culture, Women of Africa & the African Diaspora in Liberation Movements, and African Civilizations & Cultures.