I started teaching at St. Dominic School in 2008 as the Art Specialist. I added the Technology program to my work in 2012. I have also been the coordinator and a teacher for our after school STEAM Enrichment program since 2010.
I grew up in Northfield. I attended Bemidji State to earn a B.S. degree in Technical Illustration/Graphic Design. I was a designer in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City. I returned to school to earn my Master’s degree in Art & Design Education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. I taught Art for five years in New York City before returning to Northfield with my family. Currently, I am working on my Master’s Certificate in Technology Education at the University of St. Thomas.
Travel is an important part of my life outside of school, and shapes parts of my curriculum. I often do volunteer work in my travels, embracing common values with the local people I have met along the way. I am fascinated by the many ways history and culture have shaped Art in different parts of the world. It is my hope to inspire my students to be curious about, and accepting of, the world around them. I want to build confidence in them that they can have an impact on the local and global community as creative individuals and as agents for positive change.
Students enjoy the creative environment Art and Technology provides in their school day. My classrooms are safe places to gain skills, learn from – and build beyond – our mistakes, make bold statements, and problem solve knowing that there can be more than one right answer. In Art class we use a variety of traditional tools and techniques as well as some unconventional, recycled or repurposed materials. In the technology lab, we explore a variety of on-line tools and sites to make learning more interesting and self-driven.
I look forward to another great year of sharing our students’ talents as we once again paint the city snow plow blades. As well as sharing our students’ work at the winter and spring music concerts and the All School Art Show at the Northfield Arts Guild. I am excited to collaborate with classroom teachers for more cross-over work between my technology classes and the projects in their classrooms.
And, let’s not forget that it is going to be another exciting year of exploring in STEAM Club! It is never the same thing twice! Each four week course introduces our students to new skills and information. In the past, we have launched rockets, built with everything from legos to wood, cooked and baked, created art from around the world, experimented with science concepts, learned about farming, and so much more.
Position: Art and STEM Specialist
Staff Category: School Staff