I have been involved in the arts my entire life, and as an educator, I have seen firsthand how the integration of meaningful art experiences into existing classroom curriculum can consistently lead to advancements in student learning and achievement. Areas such as critical thinking, problem-solving, authentic learning, teamwork, and intrinsic motivation, are all enhanced when art becomes a systematic part of the classroom landscape. For this reason, I’m very enthusiastic about showing other teachers – regardless of their art backgrounds – how easy it can be to incorporate this simple yet profound element into the curriculum they are already teaching – with spectacular results!
Professional Experience: I worked as a Graphic Designer for 10 years before returning to school to earn my teaching credential. I've taught first grade, high school, and am currently teaching sixth grade.
Personal Experience: Art has always played a significant role in my life - I continue to enjoy making, sharing, and studying art.
Scholarly Interests: I am particularly interested in the connection between art and language arts; especially as they relate to beginning readers and writers.
Recommended Reading: I enjoy reading a wide range of books and magazines. Personally, enjoy many books and magazines.
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10 ~ "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Favorite Music: I enjoy all types of music!
Favorite Activities: Reading, scrapbooking, "playing" in my studio at home, exercising, going to the movies, baking, and OF COURSE spending time with family and friends!
Family Info: Married to my husband Glen since 2005; three step children, 2 girls and a boy, all now adults.
What Matters: Love
Pet Peeves: People that don't use turn signals!
What I Like About FPU: Their impeccable reputation as a place of academic excellence, as well as a place where individual attention is given to each student. I also appreciate the fact that FPU is founded on and guided by Christian principles.