I have been an educator and coach for over 24 years now. In this season of quarantine I have been inspired to seek opportunities to instruct at the university level. My true conviction is to work with future educators, sharing personal knowledge and experiences from the classroom and art studio.
I educate, inspire, and share Art and life with 750 middle school students a year. Mixing a balance of art history and studio project time, my conviction has long been to give kids aesthetic language to identify the visual world around them. Some ways we do this are through making art ,writing about art and talking about art.
We as a school district provide post-graduate studies, in areas of educational relevance, for professional development. Qualified teachers are encouraged to create and share a curriculum for fellow teachers to obtain ACT 48 credits, along with edifying content to improve teaching practices.
My contribution to RPI has been with a course entitled " Let's Make Art: Enrich Your Lessons with New Creative Methods". The objectives of this course are lesson enrichment, by exploring new and alternative ways to teach content. I encourage this through the subject of art and seek to empower core-subject teachers to use new techniques to enhance their lessons. Techniques that are explored are Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Glass Fusing, and Photography.
My continuing education, after obtaining my masters degree, has been art studio coursework at the University of the Arts. I have enjoyed exploring new mediums and content through evening courses as well as through the week long intensive summer courses entitled "Arts Week for Educators".
Williamson College: 2004-2008
-Head Baseball Coach
-NJCAA Champions (2004, 2005)
*I implemented and managed a team of 15-18 select college baseball players in an eight week intensive athletic program. Williamson is unique in that it specializes in the professional trades. My job was to assist my players in preparation to play a high level of baseball and to carry themselves as future trades professionals representing Williamson College.
Ridley High School: 2014-2017
-Head Baseball Coach
-Assistant Coach: 2000-2004
-Middle School Head Coach: 2010-2013
YoungLife : 2002-2012
-Community Outreach Club Director
*I Collaborated with a team of 6 to implement a weekly club for 80-100 high school kids. Our club was a space where kids, from different cliques, could gather for fun skits, group games, and live music. Our goal was to provide a safe environment to gather on a Thursday night, keeping kids from wondering the streets of Ridley Park. As their former middle school art teacher, relationship were easy to establish and cultivate.
Fright Night: 2003-2016
-Community Charity Event Program Director
* I created, collaborated, and organized a fall event for 900 middle school students, along with high school and faculty volunteers. My roles were to transform our middle school into a fun Halloween tour, organize ticketing, delegate high school and faculty members to facilitate the event, and finally to deliver proceeds to local selected charities.
Stop Hunger Now: 2015
*I lead an event, with our middle school faculty, in which our goal was to package 10,000 meals and send them to orphanages in Nicaragua. 20-30 faculty came together, after school, for this high energy fun event of community building and charity. I continued the event by traveling to Managua, Nicaragua to help distribute and serve these meals to orphaned children over 3 days.
West Philly 48th Street Arts Festival: 2017
*I organized and executed a day of arts celebration on our home street in West Philadelphia. The environment consisted of live musicians, pottery demonstrations, food, and mass creation of art to be hung on clothes lines around the block.
Guest Speaker Engagements:
-Williamson College: 2017 Sports Banquet
*My invitation was to come share with the college athletic dept, athletes, and their families about my experience as a coach at Williamson, along with how sports shaped my life as a youth.
-Livonia University: 1996 "Weekend of the Arts"
* As a guest speaker I shared about the concept of generating creativity as well as where to find and foster it. I also created artwork to share with my audience as I spoke.
Moore College of Art & Design: 2015-present
-Student teacher supervisor
*I collaborate with Moore College senior art education majors to prepare them for real experiences in the art classroom. Together we create meaningful lesson plans, discuss daily and year long classroom challenges, along with goals beyond the curriculum.
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