After receiving my BFA in Art with focus in photography, I moved to France. While there, I taught ESL to professionals and eventually taught darkroom photography IN FRENCH! Quite a challenge. Back in the states, I worked at the MFA in Houston, became Director of Lawndale Art & Performance Center, moved to El Paso to become Executive Director of the Bridge Center for Contemporary Art. I planned & presented art exhibits and many performances and literary events.
After 6 years at the Bridge Center, I moved to LA to get a Master's degree in Professional Writing. That means I write nonfiction, including grant applications, articles for magazines, white papers, essays, PR materials, etc. In LA, I became certified (CBEST certification) to teach ESL in the Los Angeles Ind. School System in the adult education division. I loved teaching adults in France and in the U.S. I have helped some students to reduce their accent so they can be better understood. While living in France, I learned how important it was for me to get rid of my Texas accent, so the French could understand me!
In 2000, I received my Master's degree and became the curator of the art gallery at Long Beach City College. I also taught photography, art history, and art appreciation.
During most of my career as the Executive Director of nonprofit arts galleries and museums, I have written grants, articles, press releases, written and given speeches, made PowerPoint presentations, created budgets, and multi-tasked my way through 25 happy years getting to travel to France, Spain, Italy, and Germany--also to many fabulous remote culturally important villages & archeologically significant places in Mexico (although I don't speak Spanish). I've lived and worked in California, Wisconsin, Montana, and New York. Now I am back in Texas--my home state. I hope that I can help you find academic success. Then we will both be happy.
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