Originally from Iowa, I moved to Colorado Springs before seventh grade where I attended Sabin when it was a junior high school. In ninth grade, I received the “Artist of the Year” award at Sabin and in that moment decided to become an art teacher. I had a rich and rewarding college career in which I received my Bachelor’s degree in Art Education with a concentration in figure drawing then continued on to earn my Master’s degree in Art Education.
My teaching career started immediately after getting my Bachelor’s degree, and I taught elementary art for three years in the vibrant art community of Loveland, CO. I then transferred to Colorado Springs School District Eleven, took over for my former art teacher at Sabin and my middle school career spans the last 21 years. Since moving back to Colorado Springs, I have pursued any art medium that peaked my interest in my own personal art making. The unrelenting need to create has led me to continue to draw, paint, sculpt and teach the human figure. My interest in contemporary art fueled my continued explorations in unique art mediums such as collage, mixed-media, printmaking, assemblage, metal work, jewelry making, wood working, encaustics, textiles, needle felting, found objects and anything else in which I saw an artistic purpose. I believe my experimental nature has helped the art program at Sabin be successful.
Outside of teaching and my personal art, I enjoy spending time with my soon to be an adult son, Elijah. He and I share a love of horror films and TV shows and try to out-do each other with our horror story discoveries. Along with my parents, Elijah and I travel often to visit my brothers and our friends in the San Francisco area, and have spent much time vacationing in Hawaii.