Artist Statement

Being a human is such a short (and long!), strange (and normal!) experience; artists hope to translate it, which is a sort of silly and stubborn thing to do. In my own silly and stubborn work, I pay careful attention to nature, humor, and humanness. I’m a writer and a drawer and a painter, and I intentionally intersect the visual with the verbal. My hope is to experiment with the ways our brains use language — in all its many iterations — to interpret life on earth.


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Education

 

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 2015 - 2017

Masters’ of Fine Arts in Writing

 

PRACTITIONER TEACHERS PROJECT, 2008 - 2009

Louisiana State Teaching Certificate, Advanced

   Certification is advanced upon five years of full-time teaching.

 

WHITMAN COLLEGE, 2004 - 2008

Bachelor of Arts in English Creative Writing, Minors in Studio Art

B.A. English achieved Spring 2008

Cumulative GPA: 3.6; Major GPA: 3.8; Honors in English Creative Writing


Teaching Experience

 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016-present

Adjunct professor, 2017-present

  • Designs syllabus, crafts instructional plan, and lead-teaches 4-hour creative writing and analytical reading classes once per week at the freshman college level.

TA-A (Lead Lecturer/ Professor), 2016

  • Independently designed a syllabus for a freshman writing course on the subject of mental health in traditional and graphic literature. Assigned projects and papers, designed classes, independently taught 4-hour classes once per week, and graded all course work.

 

Country Day Creative Arts, summer 2015

Instructor

  • Designed syllabi and taught four units of creative writing and bookmaking for students ages 9-15.

 

KidsmART, 2013-2015

Teaching Artist

  • Taught arts-integrated social emotional lessons to students with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Emotional Disturbances, from grades 4 through 12.
  • Developed “With Feeling: Emotional Intelligence Through The Arts,” a free arts-integrated social emotional curriculum available through KidsmART.
  • Collaborated with KidsMART as a general education Axis teacher for five years.

 

Kennedy Center, 2014-2016

Workshop Presenter

  • Designed workshops for educators in the Washington, DC area and presented on the subject of visual arts and emotional literacy integration.

 

VSA, 2014-2016

Webinar Leader

  • Designed webinars for educators nationwide and presents them on the subject of visual arts and emotional literacy integration.

 

Langston Hughes Academy, 2009-2013

Emotional Literacy/ Arts Integration Specialist, 2011-2013

  • Taught a self-contained classroom of children with emotional disturbance; lead weekly pull-out sessions for students with behavioral difficulties in visual arts and emotional literacy.

Special Education Coordinator, K-4, 2011-2013

  • Managed three teachers; led professional development workshops on special education; managed Individual Education Plans for students with special needs; taught 12 small intervention groups; represented school for the FirstLine Schools Network; developed behavior intervention plans; conducted a variety of meetings for students’ families.

First Grade Teacher, 2010-2011

  • Worked as lead teacher in a first grade general education setting.

Special Education Second Grade Inclusion Teacher, 2009-2010

  • Worked as a special education teacher in a second grade inclusion setting.

  

Rabouin High School,  2008-2009

Special Education Coordinator, 10-12

  • Worked as a Special Education teacher and chairperson in inclusion, self-contained, and resource settings in a 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school in the Recovery School District.

 

Teach for America Summer Institute, 2008

First Grade Teacher, Phoenix, Arizona


Writing, Journalism, and the Arts

F Newsmagazine, 2015-2017

Managing Editor, 2016-2017

  • Manages award-winning student-run newsmagazine at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Leads editorial meetings, makes print and online publication decisions, acts as community liaison, writes weekly news updates, writes several articles per week, illustrates articles, assists in design project.

Web Editor, 2015-2016

  • Orchestrated daily content on news website, copy-edited for all published content, operated and managed content management system.

 

Neutrons Protons Magazine, 2012-present

Founder, editor-in-chief, workshop leader

  • Designs all original artwork, solicits comic work, and edits all creative writing for online literary magazine and blog, maintains website, directs staff of six, manages submissions. Site receives 2000 hits per day. Magazine is also in print.
  • Designed curriculum and taught creative writing workshops for adults at Big Class in New Orleans on the subject of Creative Nonfiction.

 

The Chicagoist, 2016-2017

Reporter

  • Worked on a fill-in basis to produce up to eight articles per day for popular Chicago-based news and culture website.

 

Illustrator, visual watercolor artist

  • Illustrates for many mainstream publications, including The Guardian, VICE, Jezebel, and others.

                            

New Movement Theater, 2011-2015

Performer, producer, social media director

  • Coached and taught improvisational comedy classes at local comedy theater. Performs with sketch comedy team and improv comedy team. Participates in comedy festivals nationwide, and has gone on two nationwide comedy tours. Directs social media accounts for several of the theater’s sub-sects.

 

The Nation Magazine, summer 2007

Intern


Awards and Recognitions

  

Annual MFAW Writing Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017

Stipend awarded annually for outstanding writing to two graduating students in the MFAW program

Annual MFAW Teaching Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017

Stipend and teaching position awarded annually to one graduating student in the MFAW program

Outstanding Leadership Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017

Monetary award for service and leadership for graduating students

First Place for Best Alternative Story Design from MSUND Design Contest, 2017

Second Place for Best Editorial Cartoon from the Illinois College Press Association, 2017

First Place for Best Arts Criticism from the Illinois College Press Association, 2016

Recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship at SAIC for MFAW Program, 2015

Winner of Hippocampus Magazine’s Creative Nonfiction Contest, 2014

Recipient of Institute of Mental Hygiene Annual Grant, with KidsmART, 2013, 2014

Received a grant to develop social emotional curriculum for students in New Orleans

Recipient of New Orleans Jazz Institute Grant, 2013

For commitment to live music at Shipwrecked! Storytelling show

Nominee for Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010

Distinction and Honors on English major at Whitman College, 2008

Completed an Honors’ Thesis for creative writing and poetry in homage to Walt Whitman

Award Recipient for Whitman College Honor of the Wailaptu, 2008

Winner of Hosokawa Award in Journalism, 2006 and 2007

Won two $500 awards in 2006: Best News Reporting and Best Opinion Writing. Won one $500 award in 2007: Best Opinion Writing.

Recipient of the Whitman College Anderson Scholarship, 2004


Academic Journalism

 

Whitman College Pioneer, 2005-2008

Editor-in-chief

 

The Walla Walla Union Bulletin, 2007-2008

Staff writer

 

The Hyde Park Herald, 2006

Intern

 

Wilson High School Statesman, 2000-2004

Multiple editorial


Relevant Activities

 

Co-founder, producer, Shipwrecked!

Co-created popular New Orleans-specific storytelling show and podcast.

 

Founding member and web designer for The New Teachers’ Roundtable, New Orleans

Participated in formal discussions and activism surrounding the teaching community in New Orleans. Designed and manages the website NewTeachersNola.org.

 

Volunteer work

Current volunteer for several after school programs through One Good Deed Chicago. Past projects included work for Survivor’s Village, The United Teachers of New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity, and the New Orleans Childcare Collective.

 

Langston Hughes Academy DIBELS mentor and coordinator school-wide

Responsibilities included leading professional development and mentors whole staff on DIBELS diagnostic testing.

 

Co-founder and co-facilitator for Troupe 947 Adventure Krewe

Responsibilities included coordinating monthly camping trips for students in RSD schools.

 

College extracurricular

President of Action for Animals; Vice President of Whitman Peace Coalition; member of Black Student Union. Actor in several school-wide theatrical productions.