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I have always loved and practiced art since I was old enough to finger paint or hold a crayon! I attended Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts with a Minor in Psychology from Appalachian State University in the mountains of North Carolina. After college, I was a manager and also taught classes and private lessons here in Ocala for five years at two local Art Studios. During those years, I had the privilege to experience teaching several media of art like: ceramics, painting, illustration, glass fusion, and other various 2D and 3D courses to people of all ages including children, adults, and the elderly. I have even taught some of my fellow teachers at Fort McCoy! In my free time, I like to play the guitar, go fishing, hang out with my three dogs, catch up on sleep, and of course create artwork!
Two years ago, I embarked upon my career as a teacher in the public-school system. I was a long-term substitute for 8th Grade Art History and an advanced art class for both 2D and 3D design for middle schoolers at Lake Weir Middle School. Now I am in my second-year teaching at Fort McCoy! I could not be more ecstatic about sharing the world of art to such a wide range of ages in elementary school and feel so lucky to have the opportunity. Art truly is everything and I love creating with everyone!