I grew up surrounded by an interesting visual environment and the arts, particularly music, held a constant presence throughout my childhood. Travel was also emphasized which set the groundwork for my future career path and personal interests.
I obtained my B.A. in French and had a course emphasis in business administration which led to working in sales and accounting for a short period of time. It was a particular college level course in art education that changed my career path. Shortly after acquiring my B.A., I returned to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN to obtain my teaching license in K-12 visual arts. During my extended undergraduate studies, I worked as a ceramic assistant and I began teaching art at a children’s museum and for the parks department. As a licensed teacher, my first teaching job was in a private school teaching junior high and high school art. I then transitioned to public school teaching where I taught art at the elementary and middle level. In each teaching setting, I had the equipment and facilities to continue working in clay.
While teaching, I obtained my M.A. in art history from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. This led to a life-long interest in non-western art history, exploration, and museum studies. My museum experiences include working as an information guide and docent at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, teaching drawing and painting courses for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to students ages 7-16, and working in the education department at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2003, I transitioned from K-12 education to higher education. While working on my Ph.D. in art education at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, I had the opportunity to work as a graduate teaching assistant supervising student teachers in the Columbus area. In 2007, I was hired by the School of Art & Design at Marshall University in Huntington, WV to teach art education courses and supervise student teachers. Since 2017, I have also served as the Dean of the WV Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) program.
The children's drawings throughout this website are my earliest drawings. These works were saved and meticulously recorded by the teachers in my family and are utilized in my own teaching.
Ph.D.Art Education, August 2008 The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio M.A. Art History, May 2003 University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
Coursework for K-12 Visual Arts Teaching License, December 1994 Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota B.A. French, May 1991 Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota