I am a native of Colorado. I am certified as a K-12 Visual Arts teacher and as an Elementary Regular Classroom teacher and have an MA in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy and Reading. My passions are teaching, creating and sharing art with others. I have taught Middle School Visual Arts but have a special love for elementary students and have been teaching art at Hunters Glen Elementary School since 1994. It is my goal to bring joy to my students by helping them to learn, love, observe and appreciate color, texture, pattern, shape and the aesthetic beauty of our visual world. Through the creative process, it is my hope that all of my students will learn to become critical thinkers who are able to translate and connect what they learn in art class into meaningful works of art, inspiring them to become life-long artists.
My favorite color is yellow. My favorite media to work in are clay, oil pastels and printmaking. Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse are just two of my favorite artists. I can't get enough of children's literature and love to read aloud in character, braiding literature into each art lesson. I love all cats and gardening (vegetables and flowers). I wish I had a chef’s kitchen so I would be able to cook and bake to my heart’s content. My favorite food is Authentic Mexican but I will eat almost anything. I was born and raised with my older brother and two sisters in the mountains west of the Denver area where the woods was our playground with the anticipation of seeing the wild animals each day. In the winter we played in the snow and spent lots of time in front of the fireplace because only a part of our house had heat. Our house was a three mile walk to the elementary school. Our summers were spent outdoors where we had to use our imaginations to make up games and fashion our own toys. We also grew our own vegetable garden and harvested and canned in the fall.