By the time I finished my MAT coursework, I had a wealth of knowledge and a vast portfolio of lessons, exemplars, and curricula to share with potential employers. I felt extremely prepared when I interviewed for jobs.
I decided to transition from my career in Interior Design into teaching because I wanted to inspire others to pursue the visual arts the way my high school teacher inspired me. She was the one who encouraged me to look into UArts' MAT program, and I'm so happy that I did! I graduated from the MAT program in 2008 with a degree in Art Education, and found my dream job almost right away. I've been teaching at Hatboro-Horsham High School for over ten years, and am currently in charge of the Advanced Placement program for Studio Art in Drawing and 2D Design. I'm also the faculty adviser for our chapter of the National Art Honor Society. I'm extremely lucky to be able to mentor such passionate and talented students who constantly strive for success. In 2014, a student of mine was among only 13 students in the world to earn a perfect score on his AP Drawing portfolio. In 2016, one of my students received Best in Show recognition at the prestigious "PSEA Touch the Future Student Art Exhibition" for the second year in a row, and we were subsequently interviewed on CBS's "Talk Philly" local arts segment.
By the time I finished my MAT coursework, I had a wealth of knowledge and a vast portfolio of lessons, exemplars, and curricula to share with potential employers. I felt extremely prepared when I interviewed for jobs. Since I graduated from the program, I've returned to the department in a guest presenter role to share my knowledge and experience regarding the job interview process with current MAT students. I've also taught an online class in the MAT program about the role of educational media/technology in the 21st-century art classroom. My current interests and passions in education include Design Thinking, STEAM integration, and technology's role in the modern classroom.