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I have a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Tennessee Knoxville.  My Associates of Science degree was earned at Pellissippi State Community College.  I am proud to say I have a cumulative GPA of 3.97.

Before I became an art teacher I was a court reporter and attended four years at a technical school so I have an extensive background in English studies, which I like to incorporate into my art classroom. 


My art experience includes numerous art history classes, four drawing classes, oil painting, watercolor, two ceramics classes, pottery, sculpture, lithography, and video art as well as art education classes and multicultural art, and 3-D.

Professional Teaching Experience: I began working at Maury Middle School in 2014.  Prior to that I completed a full year professional internship in 2013-2014.  This included Art K-12 classrooms in Knox County Schools: Amherst Elementary, Bearden Middle, Northwest Middle; and Tennessee School for the Deaf High School. Also my Practicum: West High School, Knoxville, TN, Spring, 2012; I enjoyed assisting with the High School Arts Academy, University of Tennessee, 2013; and I was a University Assisted Community Schools Participant - Pond Gap Elementary, 2013.  

I have also participated in art exhibitions:  Art Source, Exhibition by Knox County Schools Art Educators 2014; Progression, an Exhibit of Art Education, Moore & Andrews Gallery, 2013; The University of Tennessee Painting and Drawing Open Studio 449, 2013; Cookie Aytes Elliott Gallery (2011 & 2013); Drawing Exhibition, University Center, UTK, 2012.


I married my wonderful husband in 1983, and we adopted our daughter, who was born in 1996.  She was born deaf so I have learned sign language, which I have also used as a volunteer interpreter for my church.  

I am a native Texan, but my husband is from Tennessee. When we needed a better school for our daughter, we moved to Knoxville in 2006 so she could attend Tennessee School for the Deaf.  I am proud to say that we now live south of Dandridge, which is the most beautiful place I have ever lived.