As a skilled tennis player and aspiring artist, I received a full tuition scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Graduating in 2002 magna cum laude with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in art history, I had every intention of becoming a freelance illustrator. I was receiving accolades for my work such as Illustrator of the Year from my university, honors in two national Los Angeles Society of Illustrators competitions, and a gold medal for “Herd the Call”, another art competition, this one sponsored by The Blue Cube Gallery in Columbus, OH. However it was the opportunities I had to travel abroad during my college years that really defined me. I have seen tulip fields in The Netherlands, shanty towns in South Africa, and I have eaten Italian pizza in Italy. Those opportunities just increased my need to know more and experience more and share them with students through the visual arts.
I taught secondary Visual Arts for six years. I was involved in everything I could be. Coach, National Art Honor Society sponsor, AP instructor, prom coordinator, SACS accreditation co-chair, organizer and leader of academic trips to New York City, Italy and England, chaperon of mission trips to West Virginia, Washington DC and Costa Rica – these are all roles I actively engage in to enhance what I bring to the classroom and as well as my relationship with students. Arts education is extremely important to me, but life lessons, global understanding, these are equally important and why I love what I do.
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