I have been an Art educator for 10 years. I have extensive training and experience in Art, Design and Technology in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. I have a solid foundation of Art education built from the New Zealand curriculum, I have always employed inquiry-based pedagogy, catering to diverse, multicultural learners.
My kiwi ‘can-do’ attitude has served me well in my career in international education. I am adaptable and flexible. Being an Art and Design teacher in an international setting has broadened my contemporary art knowledge and influenced my personal art practice.
As a multidisciplinary artist myself, I teach through range of media including painting, ceramics, photography, digital design, film, animation and three-dimensional media.
I create student-centred environments by placing positive relationships at the heart of my practice. Students feel listed to, cared for and appreciated. Knowing your students and adapting your programme for them is best practice. In the art room, adjusting units according to student voice, interests and passions empowers learners to pursue personally relevant artwork that has real resonance and meaning in their lives.
Collaboration is the key to successful teaching and learning. I have experienced first-hand powerful discussions taking place in and outside of the classroom. This is where conceptual understandings are connected, deepened and strengthened, for the benefit of student learning. We collaborate for the students, and what we receive in return is organic professional development that would not have occurred in traditional settings.
In an increasingly visual world I believe in the importance of a visual arts education to foster visual literacy skills and creative thinking skills as part of a full and rounded education. My objective is to assist my students in becoming life-long creative thinkers so they have the ability to problem-solve, strategize, design and create their way through life’s challenges… nurturing the creativity in all of us.