EDUCATION

Pratt Institute

M.S. Degree in Art and Design Education
May 2011 With Distinction

Conquering Clutter: Design Modifications

to Enhance Teaching and Learning
M.S. Thesis, Pratt Institute, 2011

Syracuse University​​​​
B.F.A Degree in Advertising Design, May 2004
Deans List

AWARDS, CERTIFICATIONS

& PROFESSIONAL

AFFILIATIONS

New York State Teaching Certification, September 2012
National Art Education Association, Member
National Art Education Association, 2011 and 2012
Pratt Institute Teaching Assistant Award

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Dwight School, New York, NY

August 2012 to Present

Lower School Technology Teacher and Integrator | Integrate technology into an inquiry based IB curriculum and promote a student-learning environment that assists and encourages technological skills.

P.S. 40 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Elementary School, New York, NY

September 2011 to June 2012
Media Literacy Teacher | Developed and implemented creative lesson plans for 1st-5th grade using technology. Taught students to recognize techniques used in the media they are exposed to daily. Students learned how to deconstruct advertising messages using a variety of media creation software to develop their own compelling presentations. Students created projects in logo design, packaging design, advertising, poetry and book design. Through the design process, students acquired critical thinking skills which helped them communicate their ideas effectively.


Pratt Institute Saturday Art School, Brooklyn, NY

August to December 2011
Art and Design Instructor | Taught digital art techniques to students 10-13 years of age. Facilitated hands-on and digital approaches to art making by encouraging students to form unique relationships between typography and art. Increased students’ design skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator through lessons on book covers, movie posters, logos, and photography composites.

Summer Design at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 

July 2011 to August 2011, July 2012 to August 2012
Design Instructor | Designed unique lesson plans for students 9-10 years of age. Introduced students to the principles of design through hands-on projects such as typography books, logo design, printmaking, and pattern design and architecture design. Helped students discover and explore the design process through brainstorming, sketching, model making and production.

P.S. 154 Windsor Terrace School, Brooklyn, NY

January to May 2011
Student Teacher | Developed and implemented creative lesson plans for Pre K-4th grade using a variety of materials and technology connecting art and literacy.  Created and executed a stop motion unit with 4th grade students which encouraged design thinking.

Pratt Institute Saturday Art School, Brooklyn, NY  August to December 2010
Student Teacher|Taught children 9-10 years of age the art of storytelling by means of drawing, painting, inking, collage, sculpture, photography and design.  Developed creative lesson plans and coordinated final exhibition of student work.

 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

August to December 2010
Teaching Assistant, Professor Kristina Lamour Sansone, Survey of Design Education Literature |
Assisted professor throughout the semester, designed and managed course blog and supported students with visual research and design software.

Amsterdam voor Beldende Vorming, The Netherlands

June to July 2010
Student Teacher | Led Animation and Drama workshops for Turkish and Dutch children 10-13 years of age.  Directed drama students in a performance piece and designed final exhibition.

Women In Need Shelter (Junius Shelter), Brooklyn, NY

January to May 2010
Student Teacher | Led classes for homeless children 9-15 years of age.  Created and executed lessons based on environmental themes.  Introduced students to new art forms and media, and helped students to develop creativity and self-expression through a graphic design printmaking lesson.  Fostered group work through a mural project that brightened the shelter walls
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