I have been teaching art to young people since 2012. Before I joined Vertus in 2016, I led afterschool art programs at middle schools, high schools, and youth centers in and around Austin, Texas through a nonprofit organization called Creative Action.
What is your philosophy as a teacher?
In an art room, the most important creative resource is the student himself. All the prior knowledge, experiences, and ideas students already possess become the motor to their making, and my job is to activate it. I do this through teaching discipline-based skills, introducing art histories and contexts, and prompting expression with big ideas and essential questions. Students are active agents in their own learning. They are the meaning-makers!
What motivates you to be at Vertus? (what is your “why?")
I am a Rochester native, and I love this city. I also love teaching young people about art. Teaching art to students in Rochester, especially at a school like Vertus that allows me to know each and every student, is an ideal situation!
Who are you outside of Vertus?
I am an artist, friend, daughter, sister, and community member. I love reading, cooking, and walking around with a camera. I am also a student myself, at Nazareth College where I am working towards my Masters in Art Education.
What is your motivational message for students, current or future?
You have something to say that is worth hearing. The world needs your voice now more than ever.