|Home to the Yucca Coyotes
|Yucca Elementary School
|District No. 13
|Welcome to our Art Page. I started teaching at Yucca Elementary in 2015, and I am very excited to be
your children’s art teacher! I want to share a little about my background and education, as well as some
of my philosophy about art.
I am a native Arizonan and was born and raised in Winslow to a large railroad family. I knew from a
young age that I was an artist, but it took me some years to realize that I was also a teacher. I had another
career and became a mother to two children before I began my college education. I attended a number of
community colleges, taking a class at a time, as my young family and career allowed. In 1994 I took the
plunge and started college fulltime at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff. The following year I also
began attending NAU. I have a Bachelor of Science in Arts Management and in 1998 received a Master
of Arts in Art Education.
At that time I made a choice to fulfill a lifelong dream of attending art school. I moved across the country
with my five year old grandson to attend graduate school at The Savannah College of Art & Design. It
was awesome! I graduated from there with an MFA in Painting in 2001. I was offered a job as an
elementary art teacher with Savannah Public Schools. I taught there three years before returning to
Arizona to be closer to my family. I have been teaching in Arizona since that time, grades Kindergarten –
I want your children to experience the joy of art and have it be accessible without a lot of expensive art
supplies. Your child can expect to learn about famous artists, create art and learn to use art to develop a
creative problem solving process. We have a changing art display in the entryway and will soon be adding
artwork to this website. I look forward to working with your terrific children.