The primary subject of my own artwork tends toward the biological; I am continuously inspired by what is around me, particularly the organic lines in the various flora or in animal skulls found around my home in Connecticut. I am also drawn to the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and finding beauty in imperfection. As I have explained this to my students, there is just as much beauty in the dying flower as there is in its full bloom.
I received a B.S. in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University in 2004 and a M.A. in American Studies from Fairfield University in 2009. I have taught for over fourteen years, the first two as a Kindergarten teacher on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in north-central Montana and the last twelve as a high school art teacher in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
I believe that every student has the ability to succeed when they are learning within a respectful environment, and my strength as a teacher lies in creating this type of environment in the classroom. I am honest, considerate, organized, and reliable – all of the characteristics that I expect from my students. Through professional collaboration and leadership, I have found a creative and meaningful approach to making interdisciplinary connections.