Visual Arts Instructor
Art Education Certification, Georgia State University
B.A., Studio Art, Georgia Southern University
Why did you become a teacher?
I have wanted to be a teacher since my childhood! I've had a passion for art since I was very young and I always loved to "play school" with my dolls. God gave me two gifts, one of artistic ability and the other to teach, so I combined these gifts together and became an art teacher.
Who was the most influential teacher/coach when you were growing up? What was it about him/her that impacted you?
My high school art teacher was a very influential person in my life. His classroom was a safe haven where I felt free to create and express myself. He was a caring and interesting person who made learning fun. It was in his class during my senior year, that I decided to pursue art education.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy the intrinsic rewards my students receive upon successfully completing a challenging work of art.
Do you have any special experiences or interests you would like to share?
My life is defined by travel so I have many travel experiences to share: I grew up in Dublin, Ireland and as a child had many opportunities to travel around Ireland, Britain, France and Spain on summer vacations. I moved to the U.S. during high school and established Georgia as my new home. My husband, Michael, and I have spent a few summers backpacking around Ireland and France. We had our wedding in Ireland and then a second ceremony in Colombia, South America with his family. We love to travel so much that some years back we moved to Guatemala for three years and worked at an American International school. During my time in Guatemala I had the opportunity to drive my Mitsubishi Lancer all around Central America. I think travel is the spice of life and I hope to always have opportunities to visit new places!
What is your favorite Bible verse?
1 Timothy 4:14-15: Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.