I came into the field of art education through a strong studio background focusing primarily in printmaking and painting. I earned my B.A. in Studio Art from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University and M.A. in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I currently attend The George Washington University, working towards my Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. I am very grateful to the faculty, artists, art educators, and peers with whom I have worked and those I still continue to work with.
Over the years, I have partnered with charities, galleries and universities to exhibit my artwork including, NAEA; Baltimore County Arts Guild; D Center, Baltimore, MD; Vis Arts Center, Rockville, MD; Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University; Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY; Temple University and many galleries and colleges throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
I am regularly invested in writing, educational research, and practicing making art on a regular basis. I have published articles in the MAEA Gazette, School Arts Magazine, and in Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association. My research areas are empathy and school bullying, assessment, arts-based research processes, and technology in art education. I present my art education research and interests at the local, state, and national levels. Some of the organizations and institutions I have presented at include the Maryland State Art Education Association Convention, National Art Education Association National Convention, AIMS Teachers Retreat, Teachers College, Columbia University, and American University.
Previously, I have had many experiences over the last decade with various institutions and organizations instructing fine arts, engaging with visual arts research, and conducting art and wellness workshops for families and communities. Some of the organizations I have worked with include Hospice Caring, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, directing the Research Commission for the Maryland Art Education Association, The National Gallery of Art’s High School Seminar Program, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Teachers College, Columbia University, various New York City public and private schools, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I have also taught computer science and technology to undergraduate students at Temple University and elementary and middle school students in partnership with a non-profit, Reach the World, Inc.
I am currently the full-time Art and Design Instructor at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Upper School Campus in Rockville, MD. I teach courses in art and design, sculpture, graphic design, and 3-D Design and Printing. I am also a lecturer at the Maryland Institue College of Art teaching Foundations of Education to graduate students in the MAT program.
I strive to make my community aware of the benefits of visual arts education and what the possibilities of being an artist-teacher-researcher can be like.