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Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction from the Curriculum, Aesthetics, and Teacher Education Program at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. (2012).
Dissertation: Professional development through the study of children's interests: the use of collaborative inquiry and documentation protocol among early childhood teachers

Doctoral Committee: Professor Marilyn, Johnston Parsons, (Chair), University of Illinois, Professor Liora Bresler, University of Illinois, Associate Professor Susan Noffke, University of Illinois, Assistant Professor Devorah Kennedy, University of New Mexico.

M.A. Art Education, University of Arizona – Honors- Pi Lambda Theta (1997). Masters Thesis: The Changing Field of Art History: Implications for instruction in a museum and classroom setting Thesis Committee: Professor Elizabeth Garber (chair); Professor Lynn Galbraith; Professor Dwaine Greer

B.A. Art History and Criticism, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1992)

Teacher Licensure: New Mexico Level III PreK-12 Visual Art License

Higher Education Teaching

Adjunct Faculty, University of New Mexico, Art Education Department (2017-present). 

Serving on Exit Requirement Graduate Student Committees. Incorporated online formats for sharing, studying, and dialoguing as part of coursework. Incorporated visits to museums, galleries, public art spaces, and with working artists in coursework. Courses taught:

  • ARTE 585 Applied Research in Art Education;

  • ARTE 410/510; Curriculum Development in Art Education;

  • ARTE 472/572 Art Criticism and Aesthetics;

  • ARTE 590 Current Trends in Art Education. 


Instructor, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. Education of Department, (2007-2010).

Supervised students in the field during art education practicum experiences within public schools and social service agencies. Served on Teacher Education Committee and NCATE. Courses taught:

  • ED 232 Art in Elementary Schools,

  • ED 232 Childhood Development,

  • ED 335 Child, Family, and Schools,

  • ED 337, Creative Arts and Movement,

  • ED 336 Schooling in America.


Research Assistant, Art Education Department, University of Illinois (2005-2006)


Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University Department of Visual Arts Education (2001-2005)

  • T&L 418 (graduate level) Learning through the Arts


Part-Time Instructor, Lake County Community College, Lake County, Illinois, Art Department (2001-2005).

  • ART 121 Introduction to Art,

  • ART 125 & ART 126 Art for Elementary Teachers.

  • Organized Saturday Morning Art Classes for children.


Graduate Assistant/Part Time Instructor, University of Arizona, Department of Art Education (1994 – 1997).   Introduction to Art, Art Methods for Elementary Teachers


TEACHING EXPERIENCE (Pre School – Middle School)


Early Childhood Art Resource Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools (2012- 2018). 

  • Developed early childhood art resource teacher position as part of New Mexico State PreK Program.

  • Worked with twenty different Title One Elementary Schools

  • Designed professional development experiences supporting teachers’ inquiry and reflective practice, including collaborative professional development approaches

  • Designed professional development experiences supporting teachers exploration and implementation of art materials and arts integration practices in the classroom.

  • Worked alongside teachers in the classroom to offer young children learning experiences designed to expose them to a wide range of art materials as tools for expression, the principles of design, and arts integrated project based learning experiences.  


Art and Drama Teacher (2003-2005); Lake Bluff Elementary School, Lake Bluff, Illinois.


Studio Art Coordinator, Chicago Commons Child Development Program (2000 – 2003).     

Supported teachers, children (toddler – school age), and parents in processes of learning and visual arts at a large, inner city child development agency exploring the Reggio Emilia approach.

            ·Provided professional development experiences on Reggio Emilia approach, particularly the role of the arts and expressive languages 

            ·Worked with consultants from Reggio Emilia, Italy


Art Teacher, 6-8 grade, Milwaukee Public Schools, (1999-2000). 

  • Taught art history, criticism, aesthetic awareness, and art materials. 

  • Developed after school art club; mentorship program between middle school students and elementary students.  


District Art Coordinator, Amphitheater School District, Tucson, Arizona (1998-1999).


Art Teacher, Amphitheater School District, Tucson, Arizona, grade K-6 (1997-1999).

Developed student run art gallery program with University of Arizona Museum

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