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Over the years I have worn many different hats as a teacher, developer, non-profit leader, assessment consultant, presenter, Teacher of the Year finalist, scholar, artistic director, coach, mentor, community arts liaison, grant writer, etc. My experience in these roles has been diverse, rewarding and instrumental in making me an exemplary teacher, designer and creative consultant. Whether serving in the classroom, school building, non-profit, gallery, college, community or professional organization, I have been committed to professionalism, collaboration and reflective practice.
I have watched the organizations I work with grow to be stronger, more efficient and more successful through the application of creative problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking. I have always felt a sense of pride in being a part of that growth. Now, I am eager lend my skills and expertise in continuing and elevating the growth of YOUR organization to new heights.
I am a dedicated and talented National Board Certified educator, technologist, instructional designer, and community arts consultant who sees creativity and connection as an integral component of education.
I believe in promoting creativity and connection as central components of the educational experience for the students, teachers, artists and stakeholders in your community. Outlined in this website you will find my vision for how I can support your organization in achieving excellence in:
Service to Students
Best Practices in Instruction and Assessment
If after review of the materials contained in this website, you feel that I am the correct person to assist in your organization's growth, I would be honored to collaborate with you!
Education & Credentials
National Board Certified Teacher NBCT
Early Adolescence/Young Adulthood Art;
Advanced Professional Teacher Certification
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Magna Cum Laude distinction
Awards & Recognitions
Excellence In Education
Teacher of the Year
Top 5 Finalist
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Outstanding New Elementary Art Teacher
Maryland Art Education Association & AACPS
Campus Technology Impact Award; 2018 Education Futurists
The Campus Technology Impact Awards honor exemplary colleges and universities that are making an extraordinary impact with technology on campus, doing important work in the service of teaching, learning, administration and operations. Formerly known as the Campus Technology Innovators Awards, the Impact Awards serve to broaden the scope of that recognition — to include both cutting-edge and well established projects. The goal is to honor projects large and small that have had the greatest impact on the institution and on the higher education community.
Education Futurists: including, but not limited to: visionary learning technology development; new program development; institutional reformation; trend spotters: technology and society
2018 Innovation Awards: Future Steward
National Digital Stewardship Alliance
The annual Innovation Awards were established by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) to recognize and encourage
innovation in the field of digital preservation stewardship. These awards highlight and commend creative individuals, projects,
organizations, and future stewards demonstrating originality and excellence in their contributions to the field of digital
Methods of Teaching Art
Initiatives and Projects:
iPads to Archives
Teacher Portfolios: Putting your best "DIGITAL FOOTPRINT" forward
Tech for Pre-Service Educators
Websites for Artists
Manuscripts at Your Fingertips
Infographics for Learning
Severn River Middle School
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland
Digital and Traditional Visual Art
Art Department Lead Teacher
Fall 2008-June 2015
-National Junior Art Honor Society Coordinator,
-Mentor Teacher for student interns—MICA and College of Notre Dame
-PBIS Committee, Faculty Council, Financial Committee,
Craft Night coordinator,
guest artist facilitator,
Dance Company Co-Director, Drama-Theatre Consultant
Jessup Elementary School
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland
Visual Art :Grades 1-5
Cultural Arts Department Chair
Fall 2005-Spring 2008
-Three-time recipient of Washington Post Grants in the Arts grant for art extension projects,
-Dance Company Director,
-Co-director of School Musicals,
-Art Club Coordinator, Coordinator for Student Talent Showcase,
Craft Night Coordinator,
Evening of the Arts Coordinator,
Human Relations Committee,
EMT team member,
SIT team member,
Instructional Design Experience
2014: Photography and Digital Processes
Collaborated with Visual Arts teachers and LSS educator to create curriculum for high school level courses. Instigated and developed Digital Citizenship lessons for each level of the curriculum.
2009: Tour of Italy
PVA Integrated Arts Foreign Language Class
Collaborated with teachers from multiple disciplines: Art, Music, Foreign Language, and Social Studies to design an integrated-arts curriculum for the AACPS PVA magnet school.Influential in designing curriculum for the Visual Arts as well as Dance and Theatre.
Co-Designed* a Visual Arts assessment model, Reflective Assessment , that includes pre-assessment, formative, summative and student self-assessment.
Making the Grade: Reflective Assessment
Presented at Maryland Art Education Association Conference:2013:
Presented at AACPS Secondary Lead-Teachers Meeting: 2012
Best practices for assessment, grading, data collection and data-driven dialogues regarding student achievement and response to artworks and art-making were discussed. Participants were provided with assessment tools ready to be implemented in classrooms.
*Co-designer Erika Oldershaw
Collaborative Conversations Facilitator
Developer: Visual Arts Common Assessment Model
Facilitator: Common Assessment Conversations
AACPS Secondary Lead-Teachers Meeting: Fall 2013
AACPS Elementary Teachers Meeting: 2013
Facilitated conversations, collaborative activities and teacher input regarding assessment in the Visual Arts in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Collected and compiled data from teacher input, responses and current assessment practices to be used in the development of an AACPS Visual Arts common assessment model. Consulted with the Visual Arts Curriculum Writing team to develop a common assessment model to implement in all AACPS Visual Arts classrooms.
The Augmented Archives Project is an initiative designed to leverage emerging technologies to increase access to and engagement with primary source materials in Washington College’s Archives & Special Collections.
Fueled by student research, the Augmented Archives project presents an opportunity for students to curate exhibits of historic artifacts and significant objects. These exhibits come to life using augmented reality technology to make rare documents, fragile artifacts and curator commentary videos accessible to exhibit visitors.
The Augmented Archives Project is a collaboration between the Washington College Archives and Washington College’s Academic Technology Department—marrying the primary source materials in our Special Collections with the technological and instructional
resources in Academic Technology.
The Digital Scholarship in Community Partnerships project seeks to engage Washington College students in authentic learning
experiences by embedding technology-enhanced museum partnership projects into instruction.
Through this project, students work in partnership with local museums to develop technology-rich outreach resources which help
convey the message of the museum to the world.
Working with the museum affords students the opportunity to apply concepts and best practices learned in the classroom to a
project that makes a real impact for the local community.
Resources created by students involved in the project are then leveraged by local school systems to develop instructional
sequences that utilize these resources to meet state standards through the teaching of local history.
PocketMuseum is an augmented reality app which allows a museum gallery to materialize around the viewer. Once the museum
materializes, the viewer can physically walk around the space viewing the exhibit as though it was comprised of corporeal objects.
The app was developed by the Augmented Archives team at Washington College in the spring of 2018. We are currently seeking
opportunities to move PocketMuseum beyond its prototype stage into an application to
Creative Consultant Experience
Vice President of the Board
Leadership on board of directors for community arts non-profit.
Chestertown RiverArts strives to promote the arts through workshops, classes, and exhibitions; to foster an appreciation of and encourage activity in art and design; to support and promote local artists; and to cooperate with other organizations with similar objectives.
Arts Mentorship Academy
Administrative Senior Staff position—overseeing instruction during week-long arts intensive program for at-risk youth in Anne Arundel County as Artistic Director. Modeled, guided and facilitated positive teacher-student-volunteer-community interaction and instruction. Liaison with Maryland Hall staff to communicate and execute program needs.
Advisory Committee Chair
KidSPOT is a hands-on creative learning center for children aged 2-12. KidSPOT offers weekly family arts programming free of charge.
The Center is a destination for area children where they can look forward to interacting with a variety of stimulating activities that expand their horizons in activities that incorporate visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music, science and technology.
Arts Mentorship Academy
Designed lessons/experiences which integrated Social Studies and Language Arts concepts.
Collaborated with other professional teaching-artists in developing programming and integrating student learning from guest artists.
Supported international service-learning project, helping students to craft poems to be sent along with a mural to an orphanage in Botswana, Africa.