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PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE


Kindergarten Teacher, KairosPDX Learning Academy, Portland, OR | Jan-Nov 2015
Taught kindergarten in a reggio-inspired charter school aiming to close the achievement gap for students of color.

Kindergarten Teacher, Childswork Learning Center, Portland, OR | 2013-2015
Taught kindergarten using project-based and emergent curriculum for all subjects, including music, science, art, social learning, and PE.

  • Created the kindergarten program’s portfolio assessment and end-of-year reporting system.
  • Developed structures for admissions and educational content for marketing and public relations.
  • Mentored new teachers and lead staff development on teacher research and literacy.

Lead Pre-K Teacher: 4/5 year olds, Childswork Learning Center, Portland, OR | 2012-2013
Taught using play-based, emergent curriculum. Supervised a teaching assistant and facilitated in-class parent volunteering.

Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher, Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR | 2011-2012
Collaborated with homeroom and art studio teachers. Established a clay studio and led clay instruction for students and staff.

Student Teacher: 2nd/4th grade, Catlin Gabel School & Irvington, Portland, OR | 2010-2011
Completed student teaching practicum.

School Garden Coordinator Intern, Growing Gardens, Portland, OR | 2009-2010
Provided instructional and planning support for healthy eating and environmental science (K-4) at Sabin Elementary, Faubion Elementary, and Vernon Elementary School.

Child Care Provider, Volunteers of America Relief Nursery, Portland, OR | 2008-2009
Led art projects, story circle, and play for a classroom of 2 months-8 year olds while parents attended substance abuse counseling.

Summer Parks Activity Director, Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland, OR | Summer 2009
Instructed drop-in youth’s educational, craft, and sports activities (ages 2-18 years). Oversaw the site’s Federal Free Lunch Program (minimum of 150 youth daily).

Content Coordinator, Children’s Literacy Initiative, Philadelphia, PA | 2006-2009
Oversaw professional development event coordination (on- and off-site), oversaw delivery of training materials, and scheduled event staff, trainers, and travel.

  • Managed curriculum development among staff and curriculum specialists.
  • Piloted an arts-based literacy curriculum in 1st grade Title I classroom with FAO Schwartz Fellow.

After-School Arts Coordinator, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA | 2005-2006
Oversaw after-school arts program by hiring staff, scheduling, and supporting classes.

Gallery Assistant, Ubu Gallery, New York City, NY | 2004-2005
Maintained gallery website; assisted in design of press announcements and online catalogues; managed materials to print for press and publishers; other administrative duties.

 

EDUCATION


Master of Arts in Teaching, Lewis & Clark College | 2011
Oregon Initial II Teaching License, Early Childhood and Elementary Authorization Levels (exp. 2017)
Reading Endorsement, Lewis & Clark College | 2014
Mentorship Program @ Opal’s Center for Children’s Learning, Portland State University | 2012
First Steps in Mathematics, Portland State University | 2011

Post Baccalaureate Elementary Education, Portland Community College | 2009
President’s List

Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Pennsylvania State University | 2004
Minor in International Studies, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Dean’s List

Study Abroad in Rome, Italy for Art History and Sculpture, Temple University | 2003

 

SPECIALIZED ART EDUCATION EXPERIENCE


The Bicycling Seamstress, Portland, OR | 2012-current
Provide private and small group instruction in hand & machine sewing and embroidery (8+ years).

Honey Hollow Summer Camp, Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR | Summer 2012/2013
Developed studio arts curriculum for children (ages 7-11 years) and managed open art studio. Collaborated with specialist faculty and mentored high school interns in studio teaching.

Opal School, Portland, OR | 2013
Supported an early kindergarten classroom in social learning play.

Multnomah Art Center & Mt. Scott Community Center, Portland, OR | 2009-2010
Taught art lessons (ages 3-5 and 6-10 years) that inspired storytelling through painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, and movement. All lessons incorporated children’s literature.

Alameda Elementary School, Portland, OR | April 2009
Taught a series of art lessons in paper-making in a Special Education (SLC K-2) classroom.

East Gresham Elementary School, Gresham, OR | March 2009
Taught lessons to deepen exposure to Mexican Art Culture, 1st/2nd grade investigated Zapotec culture and designed Zapotec rugs and 3rd/4th grade explored Diego Rivera’s art and recreated scaled drawings of his work.

Fleisher Art Memorial & Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA | 2006-2008
Taught clay sculpture class for 15-20 students (ages 7-13 years).

University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA | 2005-2008
Taught metalworking (ages 16+ years), mixed media art incorporating acrylic, watercolor, collage, and clay (ages 2-5 years), and sculpture with clay (ages 7-9 years).

Khemissett Artisan School, Khemissett, Morocco | Nov 2007
Taught metalworking to empower young women (ages 14-18 years) to learn a sustainable new craft that could advance current production and revenue for the artisans and school.

The Rita Project, New York City, NY | 2005
Curated the First Annual Auction and Exhibition for Rita Project studio artists; maintained and updated outreach, press, and donor databases.

 

EXHIBITIONS


2009 | Bicycle People Ideas in Motion, Exhibition, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

2008 | Bike Part Art Show (collaborated piece w/ Steve Bozzone)Neighborhood Bike Works, Philadelphia, PA

2007 | Bike Part Art Show, Neighborhood Bike Works, Philadelphia, PA

2006 | Faculty Exhibition, University City Arts League (UCAL), Philadelphia, PA

2006 | Faculty Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND OTHER PROJECTS


Metalsmith & Jewelry Designer, colleencatherine, Portland, OR | 2006-current

Freelance Costume Designer, LiveArts Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA | September 2006, 2008, & 2009

Hurricane Katrina Documentary Film Project, Partnership w/ Independent Media, Philadelphia, PA | Jan 2006-Aug 2008

Gallery Assistant InternshipMax Protetch Gallery, New York City, NY | September 2004-November 2004

Museum Art Historian Fellowship, The Museum of the Great Plains, Lawton, OK | Summer 2002 and 2003