Educator Career Experience

2013 to Present

Art Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA -Teach K-6 Fine Art, STEAM labs, and after school 3rd-6th grade clubs at Bucknell and Silverbrook Elementary. Taught at Silverbrook and Forestdale Elementary 2013-2014.

Instructor and Curriculum Designer, Currentlab at VCU Art Education, Richmond, VA -Collaborates in development of video game design K-12 educational curriculum resources and structure. Co-taught the first Teacher Institute in summer 2014 to 16 VA teachers.

2012-2016 (Summers)                                                                    

Instructor and Curriculum Developer, The Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC -27 total one-week sessions of physical computing, upcycling art, large sculpture construction, video game design, animation, interactive sound design, digital art experimentation, digital media and fine art maker education to 1st-8th graders. Managed budgets, supply orders, and multiple field trips.

2013-2014 Instructor, C3Cyber Club, Falls Church, VA -After school 3D Game Design and Lego WeDo Robotics classes to 1st-4th graders.

2012 Student Teaching, Richmond Community High School and Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary, Richmond City Public Schools, VA

2010 & 2006-2007 Intern/Assistant Teacher, Abracadabra Childcare, Alexandria, VA

Awards and Distinctions


Presenter of Art Lab: Create to Learn Lecture at NAEA National Conference, Attended US Naval Academy SET SAIL Applied STEM Educator Training


Presenter of Art Lab: Create to Learn Lecture at VAEA State Conference, Presenter of Ludic Pedagogy: Teaching Digital Game Design for the Art Classroom Lecture at VAEA State Conference, Presenter of Press Spacebar to Begin Lecture at NAEA National Conference, Developed 2 New Smithsonian Associate Programs and Curriculums, Attended 2 US Naval Academy SET SAIL Applied STEM Educator Training


Co-Taught Currentlab Teacher Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University, Presenter of Press Start to Begin: Digital Game Design for the Art Classroom Workshop at VAEA State Conference, Developed 4 New Smithsonian Associate Programs and Curriculums


Launched to network with the greater community, Presenter of Ride the STEAM Train Workshop at VAEA State Conference, Attended Sabot Institute, Pathways and Paradigms at University of Richmond


Presenter of Gaming the System Lecture at VAEA State Conference, VCU Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition, juried by Tina Kukielski


Allen N. Lewis Scholarship Recipient, Art Education Department, VCU; Dining Services Cup Design Award, VCU; Merit Award in VIEW/2011 Exhibition, juried by James Busby; VCU Undergraduate Senior Show, juried by Sally Bowring; VCU Printmakers Show at Studio 23, Richmond, VA


Ed Steinberg Award, Painting and Printmaking Department, VCU; Global Education Office Study Abroad Scholarship Recipient, VCU

Dean’s List: Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Education Background

Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, 3.51 GPA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA – Graduated 2012     

Painting and Printmaking, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, 3.49 GPA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA – Graduated 2011

Additional Non-Degree Education

FCPS Academy Courses, Fairfax, VA – Project-Based Learning 2016, STEAM Elementary 2016, Tinkering and Hacking 2015, Level1 Responsive Classroom 2015, Great Beginnings Elementary Art 2014

Clay College of Cumberland Community College, Millville, NJ – Wheel Throwing and Hand Building Ceramic classes 2012


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