Dedicated Artist with a combined total of 17 years of experience being a high performing leader; 12 years as an educator and 5 as a small business owner. Adaptable and focused as an Art Educator, promoting student motivation, participation, and creativity through differentiated instruction and positive reinforcement. Expertise in Choice-Based Art Education and integrating educational technology. Versatile as a Costume Designer and successful at taking on any challenge. Leverages fashion knowledge and thorough research to design costumes for any period or style. Highly organized and productive with widely varied experience. Exceptional seamstress and creative pattern designer.
State of Missouri - Career Continuous Professional Certificate in K-12 Art
Managed day-to-day business operations, including accounting, finance, marketing, and public relations. Established and optimized business policies to maintain consistency and high-quality standards. Researched drawings of characters and environmental elements for inspiration. Consulted with clients to discuss commission ideas and style preferences to create mutually agreeable project parameters. Anticipated design issues and proved to be proactive in developing effective solutions. Made use of materials, such as fabric, foam, worbla, and acrylic paint to complete unique pieces for customers. Completed 25 commissions, including one for 22 pieces.
Taught K-12 Art for 4 years and 7-12 Art for 2 years. Piloted Choice-Based Art Education program for all grade levels. Wrote corresponding K-12 curriculum to address state and national Visual Arts standards. Enhanced student knowledge of technology by integrating various web-based applications for research and assignments. Arranged multiple field trips each year to Springfield Art Museum and various local art studios. Guided students in creating artwork submissions for annual Mark Twain Conference Art Show; won multiple awards. Established annual NCA Student Art Show and directed secondary students in the process of managing such an event.
Designed paintings for and taught adult painting classes. Provided group and individual instruction for students of widely varying skill levels. Completed lessons within strict time limits.
Taught 6-8 grade students at low-income school. Pioneered differentiated instruction across grade levels, including students with 504 plans and IEPs. Encouraged creative thinking and motivated students by addressing individual strengths and weaknesses. Kept students on-task with proactive behavior modification and positive reinforcement strategies. Communicated frequently with parents, students and faculty to provide feedback and discuss instructional strategies. Supported practicum students and student teachers by mentoring on classroom management, lesson planning, and activity organization.
Yennefer - The Witcher (2021)
Face Masks - personal and hospital versions (2020)
Athletic Pants - manufacturing prototype (2020)
Geralt - The Witcher (2020)
Various Accessories - hats, pouches, bracers (2019)
Poison Ivy (2019)
Lady Thor (2019)
Riddler Tailcoat (2019)
Black Widow - Avengers: Infinity War Version (2019)
Shredder - TMNT (2019)
French Riviera-style Bathing Suit Uniforms - set of 22 for colorguard team (2019)
Renaissance Peasant (2018)
Wizard Cloak (2018)
Dr. Strange (2017)
Wonder Woman - gold version (2017)
Greek Goddess-style gown (2017)
Steampunk-style Suit (2017)
Star Trek - STTNG Version (2017)
Flapper Dress (2106)
Titanic-era Wedding Dress (2011)
Titanic-era Suit (2011)
Mark Twain Conference Annual Art Show
New Covenant Academy Annual Art Shows 2014-19
Springfield Public Schools Annual All-City Art Shows 2006-2012
Graduate Program Shows
Choice-Based Art Education
National Art Education Association (2006 - 2020)
National Education Association (2006 - 2012)
Springfield Regional Arts Council (2012 - 2020)
Visual Artist Alliance (2012 - 2014)
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