Secondary 3D Visual Art
I’m proud to be teaching in the Denver Metro area where I grew up. After sharing with my high school counselor that I was interested in exploring art more, I was encouraged to complete an internship at the Denver University Art Conservation Center that really had me considering a career in the arts. In college, I took a ceramics class on a whim and fell in love with clay. I have been hooked ever since. I’ve been a potter for over 15 years. I earned a BFA in Ceramics, with minors in printmaking and sculpture from the University of Iowa. After being given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant to one of my mentors, I discovered that I really enjoy sharing my love for art with others. It’s super satisfying to witness my students discover and develop their own creative passions on a daily basis. While pursuing my K-12 Art Education degree at Mount Mercy, I worked at a domestic violence shelter where I was in charge of developing programming for the children. After earning my degree, I chose to work for a few years as a prevention educator and advocate for teen survivors of violence at the same organization. My social work background very much shaped me into the teacher and human being that I am today. When I’m not teaching, you’ll likely find me working in the ceramics or metal-smithing studio at Washington Heights Arts Center, or adventuring with my dog Payday. I love to camp, climb, hike, backpack, snowshoe, and fly fish, since being in nature makes my heart happy.