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Education

New Hampshire Institute of Art
Peterborough/ Manchester, NH 03103
Master of Fine Arts in Photography Graduate 2015
Merit Scholarship: 2013-2015

New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH 03103
Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography
Summa Cum Laude: 2007 Graduate
Dean’s List: fall 2005-2007
Career GPA: 3.84
Fuller Scholarship: 2005-2007
Transfer Scholarship: 2005-2007

Maine College of Art
Portland, ME 04101
Dean’s List: 2004, spring 2005
Career GPA: 3.68
MECA Talent Award Scholarship: 2003-2005

Teaching Experience

Teacher, Manchester School District
Year 2008/09 – present
Manchester High School West, Manchester Middle School at Parkside and Manchester School of Technology
Manchester, NH 03102

   6-12th grade full time teacher preparing curriculum for various classes  and fulfilling all other public educator responsibilities. Currently teaching Photography One and Two, Painting, and Intro to Art at West High School

  • Advisor, Gay Straight Alliance  at West High School 2010-present
  • Advisor, National Art Honor Society at West High School  2009-2012
  • Career Day Committee member Spring 2016 – Present – Recognized by the NH DOE Spring 2017.

Instructor, Bachelor of Fine Arts Program  & Community Education
Spring 2018
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH 03103

Teaching Photography III; The Handmade Photograph in the BFA Program starting Spring 2018. This class is specific to 19th century processes and is similar to that of an Alternative Process class. I will also be teaching Photography II in the CE Program this Spring 2018 which is titled Composition and Content where students will create their own bodies of work in the digital lab.

Instructor/Artist, Youth Arts Program 
Fall 2017 – Present 
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH 03103                                    
The Youth Arts Program is developing many new opportunity to our youth community to explore. I have been asked to be a visiting artist, a lead teacher, as well as to teach some weekend workshops. 

Instructor, Pre-College Summer Program
Summer 2016 
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH 03103

4×5 Black and White View Camera Class for potential incoming art students. The students are still in high school or are preparing for college.
Class made 4×5 negatives using field cameras. They made traditional black and white prints using a wet darkroom and made digital prints and scans using the digital lab.

Instructor, Art Educators Summer Retreat
Summer 2016
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH 03103

4×5 Black and White View Camera Class for adult educators.
Class made 4×5 negatives using field cameras. They made traditional black and white prints using a wet darkroom and made digital prints and scans using the digital lab.

Instructor, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Spring 2007 – Fall 2010
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH 03103

Teaching basic Black and White photography and digital courses
Guiding students towards a Certificate or BFA program
Class follows guidelines of a BFA class, students are graded and critiqued
Classes consist of adults and high school students.

Cooperating Teacher for NHIA Art Educators
Fall 2014
Manchester Middle School at Parkside
Manchester, NH 03102

Cooperating teacher for the New Hampshire Institute of Art Art Educators Degree Program. I worked for eight to nine weeks with an intern in my classroom at Parkside Middle School to help teach lesson plan development, classroom instruction, classroom management and other useful techniques when working in a public middle school classroom. This internship involved evaluations, observations and thorough note taking to provide ample constructive feedback for improvement and development of a new classroom teacher.

Visiting Artist

Fall 2017, Hybridity Class with Ryan Flaherty, Visiting artist on plant dyes and anthotypes.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that all students possess the ability to learn but the will is most often gained from the educators practice. As an educator, it is important to me to be able to engage the learner both consistently and richly to then allow them to pursue the acts themselves. It is a practice that seems to be one requiring many skills to no skills. Often you can find an educator with much experience who lacks the ability to influence their students and one whom has none that can instantly relate and entertain the student learner. Being a good practitioner requires balance of both allowing the learner to leave your educational setting with the life skills and book knowledge to lead further investigation independently and being able to transform your lessons when stimulation is needed in the classroom. Therefore in my teaching philosophy I find I have three main goals: to allow the student to feel acceptance within the educational environment to then enhance student learning, to allow the student to feel rich enough to pursue the practice or content on their own, and lastly to give the student the ability to witness and embrace the use of the visual arts and its community.

Teaching in the arts can be a very emotional expedition. It is important to maintain an absorbent relationship with the student while being able to discuss their personal work to drive exploration and analysis of their practice to the next level of achievement. Throughout my teaching career I feel as though I have been able to preserve that balance with the ability to associate and grow with the student allowing their artistic practice to prosper.  Through critique, artists research, and general knowledge I feel asl though I have been able to succeed in allowing a student’s work to reach their full potential within a courses time. Being open to relating and connecting with the student will strengthen their work ethic within the class, this is present in my current teaching practices. Creating an environment in which the student feels comfortable to engage, creates a setting in which the student can learn most. This philosophy allows me to achieve a sense of acceptance in the classroom for all student learners and abilities therefore bringing out their best interests and works in relation to my first goal.

To be the best educator, you have to be the best learner. Without learning from your own experiences and confrontations during a teaching career I believe you will not succeed. The ability to be reflective within your practice is one of the best traits an educator can have and is a way to teach rich content that is actively engaging. A true educator should always be transforming to enhance instruction and engage content. I have also found that being able to humiliate yourself professionally allows both student and teacher growth. Recognizing faults as an educator is important to move your practice forward. I have highly benefited from this, as have my students this is relevant to my second goal. A teacher cannot teach unless they are willing to learn.

Throughout my educational career I have maintained more relationships with my educators than my peers. These relationships have allowed me many opportunities within my teaching/artistic career along with many more connections and cherished experiences. I hope through my teaching career that I can allow the student to understand their present network and its relevance to aid their success. These connections a student can make will allow them to continue their practice beyond their degree which addresses my third goal.

Teaching is and always will be a practice, that in which we are continuously exceeding in. Once the practice is no longer learned or reflective then it can become stale and uninviting. My practice in teaching consists of a vow to be a forever learner and carry my visual practice in the arts, throughout my daily routine, in a variety of ways. The arts are endlessly abundant with knowledge and inspiration which shall continue to drive its or my instruction in the most beneficial way in any future educational practice.