Professional Objective    To obtain an art teaching position where I can positively impact young students by encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving, foster a supportive environment for creativity, and share my passion for learning about and creating art.


Education    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC ­
Licensure-Only: Art Education, December 2009
­GPA: 3.9/4.0­­
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
­Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art: Graphic Design, French minor, May 2003
­GPA: 3.4/4.0


Honors & Awards    Chancellor’s List- ECU (Spring 2009)­
Dean’s List- UA (Spring 2000, Spring 2002, Summer 2002)
Mallet Assembly Honors Society


Skills & Qualifications    My first degree is a Studio Art degree, concentrating in Graphic Design. In addition to knowledge of a wide variety of media, I also have an extensive knowledge of art histoy, having accumulated enough credits to qualify for an Art History minor. I enjoy learning and academics, and prefer teaching interdisciplinary lessons. I use a variety of teaching methods and instructional tools, from reading stories to using 2D images to giving Powerpoint presentations. Proficient with both Mac and PC computers, I can use Microsoft Office tools (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel) and web browsing software, as well as graphic design software (QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat). I am outgoing, dedicated, detail-oriented, and organized. I am a team player with strong interpersonal skills, definitely a “people person.” I am very enthusiastic and upbeat with a lot of energy to dedicate to tasks I undertake.


Student Teaching    Kinston High School Kinston, NC­
Student Intern
9/2009 – 11/2009

  • ­­Created, planned for, and taught original lesson plans, including a 5-lesson unit. Created handouts and wrote tests. Planned and wrote unit pretest and posttest.
  • Modified the teaching room to improve student visibility and organization.
  • Implemented a new classroom routine for better structure at the beginning of the class period.
  • Created guidelines and corresponding grading rubrics for student assignments.
  • Strengthened students’ computer-based research skills by using assignments involving class presentations and finding information for art projects
  • Encouraged student interaction through the use of group projects.
  • Assisted clinical teacher with Art Club activities.
  • Assisted clinical teacher with creating yearly supply order for the classroom, focusing on maximizing budgetary constraints.
  • Learned to create assignments, enter grades, and submit grades for report cards using NC Wise.
  • Attended faculty meetings and school-hosted professional development with clinical teacher.­


Banks Elementary School
Kinston, NC
­Student Intern
11/2009- 12/2009

  • ­­Created, planned for, and taught original lesson plans.
  • Used instructional technology and software in the classroom.
  • Attended school-hosted professional development with clinical teacher.
  • Assisted clinical teacher with enrichment classes.­


Professional Development   
  • National Art Education Association: Currently an NAEA member. Co-presented at the national conference in Baltimore, MD, April 2010, with Professor Mark Malley and two other students. The presentation topic related the experience of teaching art at a juvenile detention facility (see “Lenoir Youth Development Center” below).
  • North Carolina Art Education Association: Attended the 2008 state conference in Asheville, NC; attended the 2009 state conference in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Lenoir Youth Development Center: My Senior 1 class volunteered to visit the juvenile inmates at the LYDC. Throughout the semester, we visited five times and taught a series of art lessons that encouraged creative thinking and use of art materials.
  • Giggle Gang: Volunteered with pilot program at East Carolina University to host bi-weekly art-making opportunities for special needs and severely disabled young students. Filled in for project co-founder Kay Barrow during an absence by performing pre-class preparation and in-class assistance for students.
  • Puppetry Workshop: Completed a 2-day workshop with Steve Myott, Mask and Puppet Making, January, 2010.
  • Art Education Guild, East Carolina University: Currently an alumni guild member. Membership allows participation in group activities and lectures that encourage development in the field of art education.­


Other Work Experience    GAP, Inc.Greenville, NC­
Sales Associate
11/2008- present

  • ­­Assist customers on the sales floor.
  • Named as store Denim Expert on the line of new product.
  • Part of the Windows Team, which plans for and implements window and mannequin displays.­


Bad Ass Coffee Co. 
Tuscaloosa, AL
­Store Manager, Barista
2/2003- 7/2008

  • ­Interviewed, hired, trained, and managed staff of approximately 15 employees, including running staff meetings.
  • Conducted weekly inventory and made all orders. Created the weekly work schedule. Managed payroll. Balanced the cash register and trained employees on store money management process.
  • Created original mailers, billboards, in-store marketing and signage.
  • Focus on customer service showed increase in return customers and customer satisfaction through both a survey and increased sales.
  • Health Department inspection scores improved, with one perfect score (100 points), and most scores at 95 or above.
  • Implemented a system for catering, including pricing, preparation, invoicing, and delivery.­


The Planet Weekly
Tuscaloosa, AL
­Graphic Designer, Layout Designer, Copy Editor, Writer
2005- 2006

  • ­­Laid out paper and cover for bi-weekly publication and sent to press.
  • Updated and streamlined the overall paper design, such as establishing standard fonts and stylistic themes.
  • Organized contributing writers for deadlines.
  • Proofread articles, ads, and listings before press.
  • Collected information and wrote articles as needed, including the regular column, “The Rambler.”­


New Rock 90.7, WVUA-FM
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
­Program Director (2002- 2003), Music Director (2001- 2002), DJ 
09/2000- 6/2006

  • ­­Program Director (2002- 2003): Hired, trained, and managed staff (approximately 60), approved music for on-air play, ran weekly staff meetings, organized and maintained music library, mandated music rotation, and acted as main contact for station business. Created new position of Station Librarian to oversee organization of music library. Added new section to music library (local music). Implemented new music rotation schedule. Wrote a comprehensive manual for the position of Program Director. Created new alternating test system and wrote tests for DJ certification.
  • Music Director (2001- 2002) : Acted as station contact for music labels and promotion companies, compiled and reported rotation and adds weekly, filtered new music for air-play, received and distributed new music.­