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My current teaching focus is helping to enable young people to develop confidence, self-direction and self-reliance in their life's work by unleashing their creativity in various subjects while offering them news skills and techniques.
I have been enthusiastically teaching for over twenty-five years, generally in the fields of fine art and web development. Previously, I founded an alternative K-12 school in New Jersey, co-founded a Brooklyn based summer camp, and most recently, co-founded play:groundNYC, a junkyard playground for children on Governors Island in New York City, where children are self-directed in their play with an array of junk materials for uninhibited play and discovery.
I am a certified New York State art teacher, have taught K-12, college, graduate, and continuing education. I have a Masters in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design, The New School University and a Bachelors of Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
I volunteer facilitating a Theatre of the Oppressed class to elementary through high school aged students at an alternative school in Spanish Harlem. Previously, I volunteered running the wood shop at the school.
I administer the development of summer day camp program at a junkyard play space for elementary- and middle school-aged children to promote self-directed play and reasonable risk-taking.
I created and ran a day camp for children aged 5-12 focusing on community impact through experiential learning and play. Our camp focused on visual art, construction, and imaginative role playing. We also collaborated with a Community Supported Agriculture program to run “CSA in the Classroom," established dog-walking partnership with Prospect Park animal rescue site, and ran a child-centered Playground Rating Project
I created, administered, and taught at nonprofit democratic free school for 5-12 year olds. My full-time teaching there included a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to: woodworking, art history, environmental science, sewing, fundamental patterns through card games, role playing games and web development.
· Woodworking · In studio
· Web Design · In home