About this work: All work is grades from students grades 6-12 in the Rochester City School District (with one exception, from Portland, noted). Click on any image to see it larger.
While I am no longer teaching, the work my students produced is still a great source of joy for me, and I am happy to share it here. I worked hard to get to know my students and evaluate their needs (personally, academically, artistically, emotionally) and create projects that allowed them to tap into those areas, creating work that reflected who they were, who they wanted to be, or how they saw the world around them. We spent a lot of time simply practicing the act of “looking”.
Within the Rochester City School District, I taught (for five years total) at School Without Walls, James Monroe High School, and at the Rochester International Academy–a specialized program for recently arrived immigrant and refugee students. I loved my students, and while teaching wasn’t a sustainable career for me, I still miss it, and am so grateful for all of the lessons my students taught me.
Between 2012-2017, I completed over 200 hours of professional development coursework. Areas where I’ve completed the most study and training are:
- Visual Arts Curricula Writing
- Ceramics, Painting, Fiber Arts
- The Effects of Poverty on the Brain
- Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Trauma in Education
- Mindfulness in Education
- Cultural Competency for Refugee and Immigrant Students
- Intermediate and Advanced Spanish
- Classroom Management