First Things First:
I am an educator who works with children, adults, and families in schools and museums.
I currently teach in the public education department at one of the world's largest cathedrals and work with children's programming at a museum of living plants. I am pursuing teacher certification in New York and completed student teaching placements in New York City in January 2016.
My professional interests include place-based learning, arts integration, project-based learning, and program evaluation. I have experience in diverse fields, including ESOL teaching, arts education, music composition, web development, and database and reporting software.
Recent Projects and Preoccupations:
I seem to have a knack for keeping myself busy. Here are a few things I’ve been working on recently:
Inspired by both Listening Point (below) and a sound-walking curriculum I wrote for children, I created Sound Questions to begin to record and share some open-endedquestions that I and other educators could use to explore the soundworlds around us. This site is intended to be a constant work in progress.
In May 2014, I launched Listening Point, a community soundscape project. To my surprise, it caught some press early on and was featured in INDY Week. Since then, I've written about the project and continue to work on its next iteration.
I have kept a whole wheat sourdough starter for a couple years and continue to work on my technique as a home bread baker. I think baking a loaf of sourdough bread is like alchemy: from very simple ingredients comes something truly special, and there's nothing quite like sharing a warm loaf of bread with friends and family.
How do young children problem solve when working with art materials? SCRAP is an eBook I edited as a form of creative documentation of a group of 5-year-old children's collage-making.