Teaching Philosophy

I have always loved to teach, and discovered the joy of working with youth at an early age. It has been a challenging but rewarding population to work with and I am constantly amazed by their incredible power, presence, and potential. Like many of my peers, I suffered in high school through many traumatic new experiences, but was fortunate to have had a support structure in place that allowed me to thrive. We are living in an accelerated culture where adolescents are aggressively marketed to, disconnected from their peers, and faced with more obstacles than ever before. I want to empower students to engage with, make sense of, and contribute to the world as not just consumers but producers of culture. I want to serve as a guide for future generations and could not imagine a more rewarding career to devote myself to than to teach, inspire and activate young minds.

 

I am committed to inquiry.

I am committed to communication.

  • I implement a policy of transparency whenever possible in the planning of curriculum, production, and assessment processes.

  • I provide opportunities for self- and peer-assessment whenever possible.

  • I clearly outline marking criteria in advance and give students a voice in the assessment process.

  • I employ accessible language before scaffolding discipline-specific academic language.

I am committed to art education.

  • I collaborate with other artists, art educators, and colleagues bridging across varied disciplines.

  • I share teaching assets and resources with other art educators.

  • I engage with the local, international, and digital art education communities.

  • I study the latest research from experts in the field.

I am committed to technology.

  • I harness the potential of technology to simplify learning and assessment, to provide web-based platforms to share information, and offer digital learning resources for extended guidance.

  • I express information in as many modalities as possible while avoiding redundancy.

  • I embrace and integrate technology into an expansive teaching toolkit.

  • I use technology when it is beneficial, not simply technology for technology’s sake.