I am an artist, mom, editorial professional, and tutor living in Brooklyn, NY.
I graduated from Brooklyn College as a Magna Cum Laude with a double major in History and Political Science and a minor in Art (including Art History). I was passionate about the social sciences, seeking out additional coursework, as well as Comparative Literature and English courses. Later, I completed a pre-med curriculum (including Biology, Pre-Calculus, Physics, and two terms each of Introductory and Organic Chemistry). This led to one (unhappy) year at NYU Dental School.
I have worked in publishing, as a proofreader, editorial assistant, production editor and computer graphic designer.
Later, following time as a primary caregiver with my child, I became a per diem teacher. I developed an expertise and was sought out to help with my district's gifted program and filled in for maternity leaves with two 3rd grade classes. Helping students one-on-one was definitely my favorite part of teaching! I observed how, in the group environment of the classroom, a struggling student will float through the day. Given individual focus, he/she retained more material, creating important scaffolding in their efforts to catch up to current material.
During this time, I also began to build my skills as an artist bolstered by select classes at several NYC-area art schools, and a scholarship/residency with the Manhattan Graphics Center. I’ve won competitions, participated in group shows, and created site-specific pieces in Brooklyn. Currently, I'm working with an online company painting detailed miniature pendants of beloved pets. I think about what I’ve gained from teaching and want to impart to others: the balance of developing confidence and seeking out challenges, building on the knowledge and experience in your "comfort zone."
Currently, I’m working as a tutor and art teacher at an after school center in Brooklyn, for grades K-2. This is largely a "gifted’ group" and my work with them focuses on homework and enrichment, with some in-depth tutoring for students with specific issues. I’ve introduced the children to origami, and it’s been very exciting to aid and observe their development. We also create pop-up cutouts, paint and draw from observation, and build sculptural objects using clay and popsicle sticks.
In addition to art, my interests include exercise, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Brooklyn College - Bachelor in Arts, History and Political Science
art, literature, exercise