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Visual Arts Education
Curriculum Vitae

t Program Strategy ¨ Academic Enrichment ¨ Student Self-Expression

 Mission driven teacher with a passion for academic excellence and enabling students to achieve their greatest potential across multiple art genres/ mediums.   Demonstrated success engaging students in the creative process, while deepening their knowledge and understanding of art, design and art history.  Career track record of incorporating the latest in art instructional techniques and developing art application strategies that encourage self-expression and development of personal techniques.

 

Core Competencies:

Visual Arts Curriculum Planning | Program Management | Cross-Functional Collaboration | Educational Research

 Curriculum Development | Resource Planning | Strategic Planning | Fiscal Oversight | Classroom Innovation

Art History | Educational Technology | Parent Communication | Training & Development

 

 Career Success

St. Stanislaus School, Chicopee MA                                                                                                                                        Sep 2023– Present

Art Teacher K-8

Oversee classroom operations and design teaching strategies that provide engaging content, enrich student academics, and comply with the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework Standards as well as district academic curriculum goals.

  • Leverages passion for art to encourage 300+ students to think visually, engage ideas and reach potential; modifies classroom resources to meet the diverse needs of students with varying backgrounds and learning styles

  • Institutes positive classroom management strategies that foster a safe and productive learning environment

  • Regularly exhibits and changes artwork throughout the school community including curating student pieces for the school art show

  • Maintains a series of updated Google Classrooms providing students and parents access to directions, video resources and rubrics for assigned projects

 

Rockridge Retirement Community, Northampton MA                                                                                           June 2023– Present

Activities Assistant

  • Designs ability appropriate visual art and physical exercise activities for the elderly residential population

  • Plans and performs recreational activities that cater to the interests of the residents such as documentary screenings, poetry discussion groups and group game playing

  • Maintains a clean and organized environment for each scheduled activity

  • Assists visiting artists and musicians with set up and break down procedures

  • Assists coworkers in the Memory Care Unit with activity set up, management of activities and transfers

  • Provides a friendly and welcoming environment for seniors to socialize and maintain cognitive functionality

  • Tracks and files appropriate invoices for the activities department supervisor

  • Tracks and records residential attendance for the State of MA

 

Northampton Senior Center, October 2022 to present, Visual Arts Instructor                                               

Hatfield Senior Center, 2023-present, Visual Arts Instructor

Sunderland Public Library, 2023 to present, Visual Arts Instructor

Northampton Center for the Arts, 2023 to present, Visual Arts Instructor

Greenfield Senior Center, March 2023 to present, Visual Arts Instructor

Hadley Senior Center, October 2022-2023, Visual Arts Instructor

Deerfield Public Library, 2024, Visual Arts Instructor

Mill District Gallery, 2022-2023, Visual Arts Workshop Instructor

Madhouse Multi-Arts Studios, November 2022, Visual Arts Instructor

Easthampton Senior Center, 2023, Visual Arts Instructor

Resillient Community Arts, 2023, Visual Arts Instructor

 

 Holy Name Parish School, West Roxbury, MA                                                                                                                      Apr 2013 – 2021

Art Teacher K-6

Oversee classroom operations and design teaching strategies that provide engaging content, enrich student academics and comply with the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework Standards as well as district academic curriculum goals.

 

  • Leverage passion for art to encourage 400+ students to think creatively, engage ideas and reach potential; identify, select and modify classroom resources that meet the diverse needs of students with varying backgrounds and learning styles

  • Institute positive classroom management strategies to foster a safe and productive learning environment

  • Develop effective and productive relationships with students, parents and other faculty members; deliver open communication on educational activities, policies, student progress and behavior

  • Regularly exhibit and change artwork throughout the school community including curating student pieces for the school art show and exhibiting 2D and 3D artwork for every student

  • Create art that contributes to the school’s fundraising efforts i.e. Square One Art

  • Organize and judge a school-wide Christmas card contest depicting the Nativity

  • Maintain an update teacher web page by utilizing PlusPortals, as well as posting updates to the school’s website monthly

  • Incorporate elements of sculpture, printmaking and digital media in the Visual Arts Curriculum

 

F.A. Day Middle School, Newton, MA                                                                                                                                    Oct 2012 – Apr 2013

Substitute Teacher

 Provided an atmosphere where students had the opportunity to fulfill their potential for artistic and intellectual growth.

 

  • Created a positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment that excited students; structured learning activities that advanced student development in art and addressed their creative, intellectual and learning needs

  • Developed and implemented art lesson plans and classroom activities aligned with the school’s instructional guidelines

  • Maintained positive rapport with students, demonstrated patience and appropriate nurturing to assist in student growth

  • Promoted a culture of continuous improvement with improving practice, instruction and art program development

 

Saugus Elementary Schools, Saugus, MA                                                                                                                          Sep 2009 – Jun 2011

Art Teacher

Delivered instruction to 600+ students in grades K-5 in their designated classrooms

 

  • Established and adjusted instructional goals and objectives, to reflect district/school goals and curriculum policies

  • Promoted the use of emerging technologies to create an interactive classroom environment and enhance student learning (e.g. utilized SMART boards for self-designed Power Point presentations)

  • Ordered supplies that both met the needs of the lessons as well as fit the school’s mandated budget

  • Documented student work via digital camera for the purpose of posting said work onto the school’s website

  • Collaborated with the Saugus’s Parent Association to create art that contributes to the school’s fundraising efforts

  • Consistently displayed all student artwork throughout the halls of three schools throughout the entire school year

  • Labeled and presented multiple pieces of artwork for each individual student for the purpose of an annual art exhibition event as well as entered student artwork into state competitions and receiving an award for a high number of entries

 

Center Elementary School, Hopkinton, MA                                                                                                                      Sep 2008 – Jun 2009

Visual Arts Instructor

 Delivered visual arts instruction including practical skills, methods, theories and techniques to 250+ first grade students.

 

  • Planned and conducted activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and practice; encouraged participation, collaboration, confidence, self-expression and creativity

  • Reviewed instructional content, methods, and student performance to develop recommendations for curriculum revision, development and/or elimination

  • Utilized a SMART board for presentations, imagery, student use as well as written instructions/educational programs

  • Assisted the Visual Arts Department in creating a Visual Arts curriculum for the first grade in the town of Hopkinton

  • Contributed to the monthly newsletter by creating a detailed art project descriptions for the Center School’s website

  • Collaborated with the librarian on a Massachusetts School Library Association art contest to promote the value of literacy

  • Partnered with the Hopkinton’s Parent Association to create art that contributes to the school’s fundraising efforts

 

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA                                                                                                                                                              2006 - 2009

Writing Skills Tutor for the Center of Academic Achievement

Worked at the Center for Academic Achievement that encourages students to take advantage of academic support services.

 

  • Tutored graduate students and undergraduate students with and without learning differences, English language learners and adult learners in analytical and historical essay writing and organization

  • Taught scribing, reading, constructing outlines and organizing written content as well as grammar, punctuation and proper citation

 

Additional Roles

Graham and Parks Alternative Public School in Cambridge: Student Teacher  

Creative Arts Center in Reading: Drawing & Painting Instructor

Sylvan Tutoring Center in Brookline: K-10 Tutor

SCORE! In Wellesley  K-10 Tutor

JFK Middle School: Special Education Paraprofessional

City on a Hill Charter School: Special Education Paraprofessional

 

 

Education & Technology

 

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA                                                                                                                                           

Master of Education (MEd), Teaching Visual Art

 

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA                                                                                                                                                      

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Comparative Religion and Visual Arts   

 

State of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE)

Professional Status for Teacher of Visual Art PreK-8th Grade

 

Technology

Planbook.com, Gradebook.com, PlusPortals , SMART boards

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