I was inspired by my high school art teachers and have dedicated her life to learning and teaching about the visual arts. The International Baccalaureate Middles Years Program strongly advocates for the whole child and I am passionate about teaching the visual arts through this lens.
I have been teaching in a variety of settings since graduate school, including before and after school programs, children’s classes at art museums, and summer enrichment classes. I officially started my teaching career in Cheyenne, Wyoming teaching for two years at McCormick Junior High School. I then joined the Lincoln family where I have been teaching visual arts classes since 2001.
Along with teaching art and pottery classes, I have sponsored a number of service learning activities. Each year my classes partake in the annual Empty Bowls Project, a fundraiser for the Food Bank for Larimer County. Arts Integration at Lincoln is another one of my passions and includes collaborating with teachers on projects such as Books of Hope and The International Art Exchange. I look forward to expanding Arts Integration into more classrooms and school activities. I also sponsor an after school art club where students come together to create and have fun in a less structured setting.
I believe that the arts teach many skills that are hard to measure yet are essential for a balanced education and bright future. I am dedicated to helping young people develop their creative self.
Teacher certification program at Colorado State University, 2000
Masters in Art Education at Purdue University, 1997
Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Southern Maine, 1994
Away from the classroom I enjoy spending time with my family, husband Brian and children, Henry and Jordan (cat Yum Yum). I love skiing, gardening, cooking, biking, camping, as well as spending time in the mountains and with friends. I truly enjoy local activities such as The Farmer’s Market, playing at the parks, riding on the bike trails, visiting galleries and museums. Fort Collins ROCKS!