Enthusiastic, creative teacher with a knack for making learning exciting and enjoyable. Motivated by the belief that all children can be successful learners. The ability to establish cooperative, professional relationships with staff, clients, parents and administration. Focused on sharing experiences with students in order to help their personal growth and academic success. Have a wide range of skill sets and a long history of teaching all ages of children. Positive, engaged teacher who understands how to teach the individual in a group environment and has the ability to gain trust and confidence with students, guardians and staff.
Kind, positive, empathetic educator
Creative lesson planning
Innovative, fun and engaging
Collaborative with strong work ethic
Open and patient
problem solving, self motivated
Mindful, Passionate, driven
Rye Presbyterian Nursery SchoolArt teacher assistant | Rye, NY | September 2005 - June 2013
Planned and implemented creative art lessons in accordance with the director of the school, district, county, state and federal guidelines.
Encouraged all students to use their imaginations giving them confidence and a further appreciation for the arts. Fostered an environment in which children could learn respect for themselves and others.
Selected age appropriate projects with a unique approach to learning, introducing preschoolers to classical music, professional art supplies and explored famous artist\'s work which they recreated in their style.
Fostered team collaboration between students through group projects. Organized an annual Art Exhibition to show the students art, where families, friends and staff could view their work in an Art Gallery Opening venue.
Resurrection Church Religious EducationCatechism teacher | Rye, NY | September 2006 - Current
Instructed up to 14 students per class ages 6 through 14 on Religious Education. Set up lessons, materials, art projects and encouraged interactive learning incorporating educational software and videos.
Promoted spiritual, mental and social development by implementing classroom games and small group discussions. Adapted teaching methods and materials to meet each student\'s performance, behavior and social development.
Observed and evaluated student\'s performance and corresponded with parents, guardians and administration to discuss student\'s progress and submitted progress reports twice a year.
Pursued professional development by attending and completing educational teacher training workshops to keep up to date with new methods and developments in the field.
Taught during the milestone religious years of First Communion and Confirmation, managing and supervising rehearsals, creating practice test templates for year end Confirmation exam and reassured students throughout their spiritual journey.
JRK Property HoldingsDesign Consultant | Los Angeles, CA. | October 2005 - June 2008
Collaborated with the owner, architects and senior management on all commercial properties to come up with a target budget and updated design to maximize each properties potential for sales.
Managed and communicated with sales and maitenance personnel while construction and changes took place. Evaluated specific needs and issues for each job for a smooth transition.
Designed and purchased all furniture, equipment, decor/art for sales offices, pool areas, model units and fitness centers.
created conceptual sketches, renderings and design boards to help management understand the final vision. Selected and updated paint colors and roofing for commercial properties to help sales meet their goals and out do their competitors.
Stayed within budget often coming under budget and showed tremendous creativity to save costs through each project.
Self Employed ArtistFine artist- Oil Painter | Rye, NY | January 1995 - Current
Successfully established an art business, generating commissioned orders for clients and art gallery sales.Create paintings and murals for commercial restaurants and private homes, sole and group exhibitions in galleries, art festivals and art centers.
Communicate with the client to best understand their needs, budget and vision. Complete sketches and artwork on schedule. Assist with installations, framing and coordination with displaying for gallery exhibitions.
Utilize the many aspects of social media to build client base. Work closely with designers, art dealers and involved on art committees.
Committee Member of The Rye Arts Center - member of the Greenwich Arts Council - Group exhibition at The Appleton Art Design Gallery, Westport, CT. - Group exhibition at Art to the Avenue, Greenwich, CT. - Solo exhibition at Atelier 564 Gallery Newton, MA. - Solo exhibition J. McLaughlin Greenwich
Bachelor of Artsmajored in illustrationMontserrat College of ArtBeverly, MA. | 1992