I am an Art Educator and proud member of the Sing Explore Create team! My life experiences have lead me to where I am today and I am thrilled to be able to help others find their passion through the arts. Growing up, I had a very difficult time in school. Learning disabilities and IEP’s were a very familiar thing in my childhood. Dyslexia and A.D.D. were the labels I wore throughout my academic career, and honestly, it wasn’t very fun. With Reading and Math not in the cards for me, I felt different from my peers and discouraged. That was until I discovered something I was finally good at! I found my calling, my outlet and my silver lining all in one! I found art!
From that moment on my entire world was changed. I couldn’t believe I found my strengths from my weaknesses! And with that positive spin, things in school weren't so overwhelming. In my youth, I was faced with many challenges with everyday tasks, but from the skills I learned with art, I figured out a creative and alternative method to problem solve. I developed skills from my passion that helped me excel in my school work. Even though my school experience wasn’t the best, I sure never let that stop me because I knew I had something special which made me learn to love a good challenge. After that, I told myself to never give up and push myself to further my education and go to college to help others like me. And you know what? I went and loved every minute of it.
My focus of study was Special Education, Art Education and Applied Behavioral Analysis at Bridgewater State University and Relias Academy. The reason why I went for this field was because in some way or another I grew up in a special educational setting, it’s my life! I wanted to understand the other side of special education and art. Currently, I work full-time at a collaborative as a paraprofessional and serve those with special needs. I am also a Registered Behavioral Technician. With all this experience in my background, it really helps me focus on instruction in my lessons, and provide more structure to those I teach.
Since Art and I go way back, I have become very fluent with almost every medium I can get my hands on. From painting to crafts and everything in between. I’ve worked with arranging floral centerpieces, spun pottery and discovered basket weaving at the Plimoth Plantation. I learned origami in Japan and also studied a variety of art programs at MassArt (photography, still-life portraits, comic book illustration, and charcoals). I’ve taken many courses in painting techniques, perspective work, figure drawings, sculpture, multimedia and many courses in art history.
My goal at Sing Explore Create is to educate and inspire others with or without disabilities. I believe art is for everyone. My mission is to provide a setting of positivity and a place where mistakes on the canvas are celebrated and not always meant to be corrected. Imperfections are beautiful! My vision is to teach the fundamentals of art and want others to find the beauty in their own work. I want my students to discover and learn what amazing things they are capable of and unlock the magic that has always existed inside of them.