Hi there! I am a Kiwi abroad, working in International Schools for over 8 years from China to Vietnam to Japan. My foundation of art education has been built from the New Zealand curriculum and over the past 8 years, it has found its cosy place in the IB (International Baccalaureate). I have been incredibly fortunate to work across all three programmes (PYP, MYP & DP) learning and growing from all levels of ages and stages and the fabulous educators who I have had the pleasure of working alongside.
My kiwi ‘can-do’ attitude has served me well in my career in international education. I am adaptable, collaborative and flexible. It is wonderful what you can learn if you are open minded to possibilities and willing to take risks.
As a multidisciplinary artist myself, I am able to guide students through a range of media including painting, ceramics, photography, digital design, film, animation and three-dimensional media. As a life-long learner, I unlearn, learn and relearn new skills and techniques alongside my students. One of the most powerful and humbling strategies an Educator can model.
Being an Art and Design teacher in an international setting has as influenced my personal art practice which I dabble in when I can.
Every student has the capacity to be visually and conceptually creative. In my class, students learn to think like artists – that is, to solve problems and ideate in the face of ambiguity. These are critical skills as they embrace an unknown, ever-changing future.
Positive relationships are at the heart of my practice. Students feel listed to, cared for and appreciated. Knowing your students and adapting your programme to suit their needs 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.
I aim to nurture the creativity in everyone, everyday!