As an educator, I am committed to the vital role of visual art education as a force for lasting positive social and environmental change. I believe that a critical arts practice empowers us to not only to explore and appreciate the world we live in, but also to share our unique discoveries and points of view with our communities. I was the first professor of fine art to ever receive the American Association of Colleges & Universities’ K. Patricia Cross Award for Future Leaders in Education. I currently teach “Art in Education,” a class on how to integrate the arts to enhance classroom teaching, at the Teacher Education Department of the City University of New York, BMCC. I also work with the Center for Arts Education on the federally-funded Future Arts Initiative, a multi-year program where I mentor a cohort of District 29 art teachers on best practices for incorporating contemporary art in their curriculum by using technology that supports the development of 21st century skills. For the past six years, I have taught intensive studio classes for teens, including Portfolio Preparation, at the 92nd Street Y Art Center where I also mentor apprentice instructors through their Teaching Assistant program.

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I don’t think there are many things more important than being a teacher and being a student. That, to me, is the deepest social contract, to understand the idea that individual creativity within a willing community is a profound social act. –John Hejduk