My teaching philosophy is that all students want to learn, and it is my responsibility to provide them with the tools, environment, and opportunities to do so.
Students will be in a flexible environment that offers them relevant and engaging learning experiences every day. They will be presented with choices regarding projects and art materials, allowing them to become responsible for their creative process.
The art studio will be a learning space that is psychologically and physically safe to allow students to grow, thrive, and explore their creativity without fear of judgment. I will strive for all students to feel included in the classroom community. The classroom will be student-led, and I will serve as a guide to support students in their learning, as I will provide resources, tools, encourage risk-taking and deeper thinking.
I will use an intersectional teaching approach and recognize that certain factors in a student’s life, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, class, and ability overlap and can influence their art and academic achievement. As a culturally responsive educator, I will encourage collaborative learning that promotes, respects and honors diversity.
Being an educator is an ongoing journey. As a teacher, I will remain curious and driven to learn every day. To foster my creativity and passion, I will learn from my students whenever possible. I will seek reliable sources to guide my pedagogical practices, and I will understand that mistakes and challenges are not failures, but chances to reflect and learn. With a lifelong learner mindset, I will strive to provide students with the best education I can offer.