You can’t be smart without ART!
2021-2022 will be my 19th year of teaching & my 11th year at University Park Elementary. I love igniting the imaginations and bringing out the creativity in my students. I enjoy downtown living with my husband, Saul, and when I'm not teaching at UP I enjoy traveling, making art, going to movies, and leading art workshops & hosting art events at our studio, Cedars Art House. I am also the proud mom of 2 sons and even became a grandmother (JiJi) to a beautiful baby girl named Juniper this summer!
I graduated with a BFA in Visual Art Studies from the University of North Texas and acquired a Master of Arts in Art Education from Texas Woman's University in 2016. Prior to returning to the classroom in 2003, I worked in the non-profits arts education sector and directed a local children's art festival in participation with The Kennedy Center.
I believe that every child (and adult!) has innate artistic abilities and an intrinsic desire to create and communicate. My job as an art educator is to give students tools & techniques to successfully solve problems and to convey their ideas visually. Through the art-making process students gain self-esteem, self-awareness, empathy for others, and the ability to positively explore their own thoughts and feelings.
"Creativity takes courage." -- Henri Matisse