Media Arts Teacher
Visual Arts Assistant
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A.A., Kirkwood Community College
B.F.A., University of Iowa
M.F.A., Louisiana State University
At EHS since 2018
Teaching Beginning Photography and Photojournalism
- What is your favorite topic to teach and why?
- What characteristics do you consider as most essential to be an outstanding student?
- Who has been a major influence in your life and how?
I love to teach photographic history, especially pre-film processes such as Daguerreotype and Tintype. I am fascinated by the idea that the photograph would have been in the room with the individual at the time that it was taken—these images were made directly through the camera and are one-of-a-kind. In other words, in a tintype of Abraham Lincoln, the photograph would have been in the room with Abraham Lincoln when it was made!
Hard work goes a long way with me. I always tell my students that grades in my class aren’t given, they are earned. I don’t expect students to become Ansel Adams or Dorothy Lange by the end of one semester of Beginning Photography, but, if they pay attention in class, put in the work, and make full use of class time, their effort will be rewarded.
My family has been a great influence in my life, especially when it comes to my work ethic. My grandmother Rose was a single mother who worked as a nurse while simultaneously raising seven children without ever accepting public assistance. Likewise, my parents are two of the most loving, caring, hard-working people that I have ever known.