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"Teaching is a creative act. Both teaching and artistic practice require determination, creativity and hard work to be successful. As an educator, I am committed to helping students establish personal artistic identities by enabling them to increase their skill levels and aesthetic awareness. When I assist students, to shape and inform them as artists, it brings me the same satisfaction and sense of accomplishment inherent in creating artwork.
"The goal I have for my courses is to create an environment where students acquire a strong technical foundation so that technical shortcomings never hinder the execution of ideas. Secondly, I emphasize the importance of research, sketches and models to better visualize and articulate the ideas. Third, I make students aware of the artist's responsibilities with respect to materials and content. Lastly, I foster a studio atmosphere where open discussion and the free exchange of ideas can occur without intimidation. Having a classroom with a supportive peer group is one of the most valuable assets for students.
"As a teacher, my prime duty is to motivate and challenge students to spark their interest and lead them to find their own vision. I use the metals and jewelry curriculum to unite students' passion and abilities to their future professional livelihood."
Presidential Fellowship Award, Savannah College of Art and Design; Presidential Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design; Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; NICHE Art Educator of the Year nominee, 2006, 2007, 2008
American Crafts Council, Society of North American Goldsmiths