Phone: (903) 891-6700 ext. 5013
Degrees and Certifications:
Art EC-12 BFA Studio Art - Sculpture
I grew up in San Antonio, which had an influence on me as child and as an artist. I loved all the culture that the city offered. Every year, I would attend Fiesta San Antonio with my family and was soinspired by all the colors and festive décor. I remember going to the San Antonio Museum of Art at a young age and being impressed with all types of art from all over the world. Also, my parents had a multitude of art books at my convenience that I would constantly peruse through. I always knew that art would be an important part of my life.
I attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and Augusta State University in Georgia where I received my bachelor's degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture. While in college, I worked as the sculpture and ceramics lab assistant where I maintained all the tools and materials for sculpture students and fired pottery in the kilns. I also was an intern at the USF Contemporary Art Museum where I had the opportunity to experience each department. Upon graduating, I landed a position as Assistant Preparator at The Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. I loved being able to work so closely with all the artwork. I then decided that I wanted to go the route of an alternative preparation program for teaching. I felt it was my calling to inspire others through the Visual Arts.
In 2003, I got my first art teaching position at Blakeney Elementary in Waynesboro, GA teaching 3rd-5th Grade, where 4 years later, I was named 2008 Blakeley Elementary Teacher of the Year. From 2008 – 2012, I taught 9th-12th grades Art I, II, III and Advanced Art at Waynesboro High School. I then decided to move back to Texas where I met my husband, who is also an artist. I have been teaching artat Washington Elementary since 2012 and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I work with an amazing team of faculty and staff, from supportive administrators to our equally supportive teachers. I am also the Elementary Art Facilitator for ShermanISD where I get to provide support for other Elementary Art Teachers on the newly written art curriculum. As a team, we continue to strengthen art education in Sherman. I am grateful to be working for a district that values the arts for all our students.
When I am not teaching, I am still living an artful life. I consider myself a multi-media artist, as I like to create with anything I can get my hands on. Lately, I’ve been enjoying using inks. I am always looking for sources of inspiration, whether it be visiting a museum, traveling, going out in nature, or looking through art books. Inspiration is everywhere. Because I am a practicing artist, I stay current on contemporary trends in art. I am always educating myself on new materials and techniques which, in turn, reflects in my classroom.