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I have spent almost twenty years teaching in both Santa Barbara and San Francisco's multicultural, diverse public and catholic school systems. Along with this extensive background of experience, I have maintained my California Multi & Individual K-12 Art & English teaching credential and my Ed. Administrative Credential. My teaching reflects my philosophy that education is a dynamic, motivating, creative, collaborative, competitive, reflective and transforming experience. I feel that the development of the entire student, regardless of race, culture or economic background is achieved by the collaboration of staff, parents and community.
I completed USFs' Educational Administration program along with an internship with Lowell High Schools' principal Paul Chang. I assisted in the administrative and educational leadership of the school as well as in discipline and attendance functions and also redesigned Lowell's' Student Handbook.
I have worked at Tam HS, Gateway Charter HS, Sacred Heart and Archbishop Reardon HS and several elite SF Private Elementary Schools since the year 2000. Prior to this High School teaching experience, I spent several years as a MS & HS teacher in San Francisco's' public schools. I enabled my students to become productive citizens by using the tools of art, language and technology to take charge of their lives, to communicate effectively, creatively and one day to make a significant contribution to society. My expertise in humanities, current arts and educational technology issues is credited to SF States' Multimedia Digital Design Program and representation of SFUSD at CTA and NEA and Apple Conferences. I have also been immersed in the Arts of San Francisco. (Symphony, Opera, Ballet, SFMOMA, The Legion Of Honor, De Young Museum).
Currently, I have expanded my own entrepreneurship, Joie de Vivre Arts/Photography established in 2000 to include photography at major Nonprofit and Tech Events. Last Fall I successfully handled the photography at Clean Tech Expo in San Francisco's Masonic Hall.
I look forward to utilizing my professional experience, education, creative energies, enthusiasm as a tutor.
I have taught in San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Marin's multi-cultural, diverse public and private schools for 20 wonderful years. I feel that learning is a dynamic, motivating, creative, cool, collaborative, communicative, enjoyable, and transforming experience. My background is strong in English/Language Arts, Fine Arts, Math, and Computers. An example of a successful project was to integrate creative arts and computer skills into my English classes, having students researching family histories and putting a book together. I respect feedback from my students and their family on their expectations, as well as, sharing previous tutoring experiences.
I have managed my own creative Fine Arts and Photography business since 1990. I worked as a Credentialed K-12 multisubject teacher for 20 years in California. I taught 10 years of HS ART 1 &2 for SFUSD Summer School for 10 years of creative fun classes in Drawing/ Comic Art, Painting, Sculpture and Art in MS in Santa Barbara and San Francisco. I also have spent several wonderful summers taking HS students from Santa Barbara on Art oriented tours of Europe focusing upon northern Europe. Currently, I have run a Community Garden full of Roses on Nob Hill for 5 years where students interested in Georgia O Keefe Floral Painting can create some beautiful canvases.
I have been involved in photography for most of my life as a high school teacher and world traveler. This experience includes my own Business Web Photography Site. I encourage interested students to learn to photograph, including the joy and beauty of awesome moments in time that can be recorded forever by your camera. I have captured sunsets, sunrises, awesome landscapes and special irreplaceable moments of great joy and beauty through my passion for photography. I also have spent many creative years working with students in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, which has brought me great enjoyment.
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