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2017    MA Art Education, Eastern Illinois University 

2008    BFA  Honors Degree, Magna Cum Laude in Art Education, Southern Illinois University, School of Art and Design

Teaching Experience

2016-current    Instructor, private lessons, Decatur, Illinois

2013- current   Middle School Art Teacher, Decatur Public Schools, DPS 61

2013- current    Instructor, Decatur Arts Council, Decatur, Illinois

2009-2013    Elementary Art Teacher, Decatur Public Schools, DPS 61

2010-current   Instructor (Fabric Arts, Sculpture, Watercolor) Monticello Area Arts Council, Monticello Illinois

2004-2006    Director, Arts & Crafts, 4H Memorial Camp, Monticello, Illinois

Grants & Awards

2017     Herald & Review: 20 Under 40 - People Who Make a Difference in Central Illinois

2017     Donor's Choose Grant - Polyester Plate Lithography 

2016     Teacher Supply Grant - 1st MidAmerica Credit Union

2016     Donor's Choose Grant - Speedball Printing Press

2016     Decatur Area Education Foundation (Supply grant, casting supplies)

2016     Donor's Choose Grant - Monoprintmaking with Gelli Plates

2016    Presenter, Illinois Arts Education Association Conference (African American Art History)

2016    Presenter, Illinois Arts Education Association Conference (Sister Art Teachers - The Sequel)

2015    Presenter, Southern Illinois Arts Education Conference 

2015    Presenter, Illinois Arts Education Association Conference (Sister Art Teachers)

2015     Donor's Choose Grant - Supplemental Supplies

2015     Donor's Choose Grant - Chihuly Inspired Sculptures 

2014     Donor's Choose Grant - Embroidery Project 

2014     Decatur Area Education Foundation (Supply Grant, Printmaking Supplies)

2014    Presenter, Illinois Arts Education Association Conference (Smash Camp)

2013     Donor's Choose Grant - Hundertwasser Landscapes

2013     Decatur Area Education Foundation (Supply Grant, Large Format Printer)

2013    Ellen Spycher Classroom Grant, Decatur Area Education Foundation (Classroom Assistance)

2012    Decatur Area Education Foundation (Supply Grant, Drying Rack)

2008    Charles D. Tenney Memorial Scholarship

2008    Presenter, National Arts Education Association Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2007    REACH Award (Research Enriched Academic Challenge) Southern Illinois University

2007    Julius A. and Norma H. Johnson Endowed Liberal Arts Education Scholarship

2006    Albert & Leyla Somit University Honors Scholarship

2006    Illinois Retired Teachers Scholarship

Art Shows & Exhibitions

2017    The ArtFarm Decatur - Decatur, IL (ongoing representation)

2016    L.A Gallery Show - Heroic Age Art Studio, Mt. Zion, IL

2016    Teachers/Doers - Carbondale Community Arts - Artspace 304, Carbondale, IL 

2007    Art Education Show - Vergette Gallery, SIUC, Carbondale, IL 

2007    Love at the Glove - The Glove Factory, SIUC, Carbondale, IL