I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and moved to New York City to attend college. I hold two master’s degrees, MA and Ed.M, from Teachers College, Columbia University in Art and Art Education, with a focus on adolescent development. I graduated with my BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Fashion Illustration and Fine Arts.
I have been teaching high school and middle school in NYC public schools for five years and came to teaching from a first career as a fashion designer.
My favorite part of teaching is watching my students discover the many ways we can experiment with our art-making materials while learning about process and the importance of being thoughtful in our craftsmanship as artists. I also enjoy exploring our city with my students and taking trips to see the many museums, galleries and neighborhoods that hold so much wonderful art, history and culture. I left the fashion industry and became a teacher because I wanted to use my talent as an artist in a way that would be helpful and meaningful, especially to adolescent students who are discovering so much of who they are and what they might become in the world.
Outside of school I spend time with my family, my husband Manny and our two children; Annabel who is starting at Bennington College this fall focusing on film and photography and Jonah, a proud 2017 graduate of MS 8, who will be attending LaGuardia for vocal music. I am a working artist and spend as much time as I can in my studio in the Berkshires drawing and painting. I also love cooking, gardening, travel and spending time with our friends.