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Studying Art Education at Taylor opened up a world of opportunities for me. I have been able to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge I learned during my classes and student teaching to my very own art classroom. My professional journey has taken me to urban, rural, and suburban schools. I have taught kindergarten through twelfth grade. I have instructed in many socio-economic settings. I have observed how art can be therapeutic for students struggling with transitions, struggles, and anxiety. My masters research has explored instructional strategies to build self-regulating skills in elementary art students to more confidently make art despite challenges. I am thrilled to be able to bring my love of teaching, back to Taylor and impact many more art settings through future Taylor art educators and art therapists.
Taylor is a unique place that provides opportunity to join a love of God and a professional practice. I count it as a privilege to help students understand the specific gifts that God has given them, and how they can use those gifts to love others through their profession. I get to practically share what it means to put 1 Corinthians 16:14 into practice, "Let all that you do be done in love."