Faculty & Staff Directory
M.A., University of Florida
Came to Berkshire: 2013
Where does your passion for teaching come from? Every year, I have the opportunity to see the world of art anew through the eyes of my students. Their eagerness, fear, excitement and budding discoveries continuously challenge and thrill me as we move through the school year, growing, learning and creating art together.
What excites you the most about teaching at Berkshire? I love teaching at Berkshire for so many reasons. To begin, Berkshire is the most supportive environment I’ve ever worked in. Professional development opportunities abound, teachers are excited and passionate about what they do and are willing to share and collaborate, and the facilities are amazing. However, on a day to day basis, it is the students with their experiences, stories and humor that I find so compelling. I love working with them to build a community of creative and curious artists.
What type of students do you encounter at Berkshire? I encounter so many different kinds of students at Berkshire. Every one has their own story, their own set of experiences. What I love about Berkshire students is that they’re willing to trust me, to extend themselves and take risks even when making art is scary or unfamiliar.
How do you see yourself preparing the students for school and for life? As an art teacher, I like to think I’m helping students to become creative problem-solvers in any area of their life. To take time to think, research and use our hands to create with our hands is such an important way of staying connected to ourselves and to process our experiences. Art is hard and it takes humility and failure to continue to grow and develop. I want my students to understand that good things are worth waiting for, working for and that being flexible enough to change our visions can lead to some surprising and worthwhile outcomes.
What is your favorite tradition at Berkshire? I love “Last Bear Standing.” The thrill on campus is almost palpable as students cling to each other in fear, plan and plot to overtake their rivals and then get picked off one by one! It’s awesome!