School: Clinton Young Elementary
Education Background: Perry Meridian High School class of 2007, Indiana University.
Why did you become a teacher? I love art and I value the role it plays in our world. I got tired of hearing “I could have done that” about art, so I became an art teacher to teach people at a young age how to appreciate and interact with it. Also, the kids are really fun and unfiltered. Making art with kids will never get old for me.
What do you like most about teaching in Perry Township? I enjoy being a part of a school district that celebrates diversity.
What goals do you have for your students? I want my students to learn how to look at something and truly understand it. I want them to be curious about how things are made and where they come from, and I want them to learn how to invest in making things they’re proud of.
Favorite band or musician? Leon Bridges, Lake Street Dive, and The Teskey Brothers.
What is something your students might be surprised to learn about you? I can do a back handspring!
Choose one and explain why: Oscar, Olympic gold or Showcase Showdown. Oscar. I spent my first 2 years of college at IU as a telecom major. Before I discovered my love of teaching, my goal was to become a storyboard artist. I admire the collaboration, creativity, and dedication it takes to make art in the form of movies and television.
Name 3 people — living or dead — who you would like to invite to dinner? Joni Mitchell, Michelle Obama, and Faith Ringgold.
When you were a kid, what were your career aspirations? I wanted to be a firefighter.
If you were trapped on a deserted island, what are the three items you would want with you? A water purifier, a journal, and a boat!