I am an artist educator of 17 years with a passion for progressive curriculum development and integration of creative mindfulness in public schools. Currently serving in a secondary instructor role by day, I have been able to directly integrate my doctoral research into the development and sustainment of a semester-long course entitled Mindful Art. Reaching over 200 students per academic year, it is both a tremendous challenge and reward to introduce students to mindful awareness as a way of being.
I have been a fan of AOEU for years, having integrated learning modules into my K-12 department’s “ridiculously relevant” professional development experience. In 2022, I was recognized by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) as Outstanding Secondary Art Educator, and continue to feel honored and humbled by the experience. Each year, I engage in grant-seeking to facilitate beyond-curriculum projects that benefit a variety of students within our diverse school community.
In addition to traditional K-12 and Supervisory Certification, I am trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the Neurosequential Model in Education (NME). I also hold Yoga Alliance Certifications as an E-200 RYT/500RYT and a Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).
At the national level, I serve as the secondary representative for the Caucus on the Spiritual in Art Education (NAEA CSAE). I enjoy presenting at conferences at both the state and national levels, as it is an excellent opportunity to grow and connect in our highly specialized professional bubble as artist educators. I look forward to that same growth, support, and connection through The Art of Education University.
Drexel University, Educational Leadership and Management specializing in Creativity and Innovation
Bloomsburg University, Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction
Mansfield University, Master of Education in Art Education
Lycoming College, Art and Education