BFA '15 (Illustration), MAT '19
In elementary school, art class gave me the confidence to overcome many challenges in life. As an art educator, my goal is to instill the same confidence in my own art classroom.
Growing up on a mushroom farm in Pennsylvania with my mother and grandparents was a great childhood experience. My family always supported me and encouraged me to do my best and, most importantly, be myself. I competed in many sports: baseball, soccer, football, wrestling, cross country, and track & field. Although I considered competing in track and field at the university level, my focus was on creativity in visual arts.
I went to UArts after graduating high school to study Illustration. While in school, I supported myself by working at Longwood Gardens, which I still do in the summer. After graduating I worked in screen-printing studios, graphic design studios and sold fine art. I continue to create artwork and use athletics as my inspiration.
Even though I enjoyed working in the arts, I had a strong desire to go back to school and pursue a career in art education. At first, I was nervous to teach in front of a classroom, but the amazing MAT program provided me with the confidence I needed. I worked hard during my student teaching experience, which led to my current teaching position. Hard work paid off and I learned to take opportunities whenever possible.