2017-18 is my 10th year teaching Visual Arts at Richwoods High School. Over my eight years here I have taught courses in ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, painting and dual credit art(ICC). I am currently for 2015/2016 teaching ceramics and sculpture.
Before coming to Richwoods High School, I spent 16 years as a graphic designer, 13 of those years here in Peoria at The University of Illinois College of Medicine. I have always taught art classes to adults and children outside of the school setting in the Peoria area so it was a natural transition for me to come into the High School and work with these kids.
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL(city) and received my Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Western Illinois University. I attended WIU on 2 separate occasions for graduate school for art therapy and education. I moved to the Peoria area (Pekin) 19 years ago but still claim an unofficial residence in Chicago (haha!)
Along with considering art educator as a career, I also am a professional exhibiting artist. My artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout Chicago, internationally as well as locally. I am very involved in the art scene locally, having 2 studios in Peoria and Pekin where I am pretty regularly. I am also busy keeping up with my great kids...
I am also involved with or have been involved in the following organizations:
ALpha Tau Omega National Fraternity
Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL
Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL - Artist and Board Member
Co-Founder, Speakeasy Art Center, Pekin, IL
Several arts organizations...
Illinois Coaches Association
United States Baseball Academy
Crossroads Baseball Series
Founder, Peoria-Metro Furies Baseball Club
Co-Founder, Illinois Steel/3n2 Baseball Club
Coached in several other capacities...
Besides being an Art Teacher at Richwoods, I am also the Varsity Baseball Coach. This will be my 7th season here at RHS, previously being varsity assistant for 4 years at Limestone High School.