On a September night in Atlanta, I was robbed at gunpoint by a handful of Atlanta local teens, the youngest 15 and the oldest 18. They stole my friend’s car, my phone, and my apathy towards education. The experience did not leave me empty or scared but passionate to find a way to serve every student's beaming and sometimes flickering, potential. Since then I have been on a mission to create educational programs and artistic devices that teach students the importance of life skills and pathways to success rather than mere rote memorization.
My robbery experience propelled me to use my knowledge of maker labs and art to facilitate workshops for adolescents to develop programs that revolve around making, creative technologies, and the relationship between inquiry-based projects and career development.
Master of Education in Art and Art Education, concentrating in Creative Technology, at Teachers College, Columbia University. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College. My research often involves the role of stress and where art and education intersect to provide meaningful interdisciplinary educational experiences. Currently, I teach various creative technology courses K - 8 and consult in the implementation of art and technology in curriculums, specifically within STEM-related subjects.
I also have researched the role of stress, and how we can use technology to learn, explore, and create. She is passionate about the affordances of hands-on experience in understanding, transferring, and integrating multiple subjects. In addition to her research, she enjoys working with a variety of art mediums such as sculpture, ceramics, painting, glass, metal jeweling, physical computing, and design. My plan is to continue to develop my area of research while exploring ways humans use their knowledge to share and to educate, with art and design to enhance interactive experiences, learning, and personal and professional development.