I'm Michelle. I am very excited to share my thoughts, experiences, and reflections in the field of art education.
I was born and raised in a Mid-western suburb of St. Louis. After discovering my passion for art and a desire to teach, I went to the University of Missouri – Columbia for my undergraduate degree in Art Education. I focused on learning as many art processes as possible with an emphasis in Ceramics and Printmaking. I earned my Master’s degree in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with an emphasis in Art from the University of Missouri and then went on to pursue a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Western Governor's University. I hope to continue soon on my Ph.D., researching student learning in visual art. In the meantime, I continue to learn by keeping up on reading, collaborating with my colleagues, and taking an active role in my professional organizations like NAEA and MAEA.
I have been an artist/educator for more than nineteen years. Currently I am a district Fine Arts Curriculum Content Leader for grades K-12. I work with music, theatre, and visual art teachers facilitating curriculum composition, assessment writing, and professional development. I have been working in curriculum for ten+ years, fostering and feeding my insane fascination for the what and how we teach art. Incidentally, I work as a coach and a support system for my teachers in their daily work. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher, which was one of the best personal professional development journeys I've taken.
Before stumbling into the supervision/administration side of education, I was both a middle school and high school art teacher, where I loved creating with my students. Each age group brought about unique challenges and celebrations. Most recently, I have started teaching our Summer School Summer Art Academy where I am lucky to work with middle school and elementary age students who are enthusiastic about exploring their creative potential.
• SchoolArts Collection: Early Childhood
Davis Publications, 2020
• "Thinking Like an Architect"
SchoolArts magazine December 2019
• "Science and Clay Snails"
SchoolArts magazine March 2018
• NAEA Monthly Mentor December 2016
• Curriculum Guides - Douglass Square and Jolly
Flatboatmen in Port
Missouri Art Education Association April 2016
• What is Sculpture? Teacher's Guide
St. Louis Art Museum web resource
• 2015 Missouri Supervision/Administration
Art Educator of the Year
• 2016 National Western Division
Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year
• 2021 MAAE Administrator of the Year
• National Visual Arts Standards
• Backward Design in Fine Art Curriculum Writing
• Inquiry-based Art Instruction
• Authentic Performance Task Assessments in Visual Art