After growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and attending Penn State University for an undergraduate degree in Art Education, I moved with my now husband to Northern Virginia where I taught high school art for five years in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Working for FCPS provided me with valuable experiences such as being part of a faculty selected to open a new high school in the county, earning certification to teach Advanced Placement Studio Art and Art History courses, revising curriculum for the county, and contributing to a teacher's guide for the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. During this time I also earned a Master's degree in Art Education through the Maryland Institute College of Art, which involved summer intensive residencies and classroom-based qualitative research during the school year.
During my fifth year of teaching, my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, and at the end of the school year chose to move home to Harrisburg to be near family. For the subsequent years, I devoted my time to raising my children but continued to pursue teaching art in new ways. I began working as an adjunct instructor, teaching Art History and Art Appreciation courses part-time for Harrisburg Area Community College, Susquehanna University, and Shippensburg University. Realizing that college-level teaching was where I wanted to be, I decided to return to Penn State to pursue a Ph.D. in Art Education. After earning my Ph.D. in 2016, I joined the faculty of the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art. As an Assistant Professor of Art Education, I am continually grateful for the opportunity to teach courses in a subject which I am passionate about, and to pursue research and writing that I hope will contribute to the field.