I am a visual artist and educator who cares about transformative youth and community development through the arts. As a practicing artist who has worked in schools, museums and arts non profits for the past 10 years, I strive to facilitate spaces where young people can nurture an understanding of themselves as creative and meaningful people whether or not they identify as visual artists.

I am currently the Lead Teaching Artist at Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland, California, where I design and implement curriculum for 375 K-5 students, and collaborate with classroom teachers to facilitate arts-integrated instruction in classrooms. I have also worked as Teaching Artist at Kala Art Institute, The Crucible Industrial Arts Center, Urban Montessori Charter School, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. I graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Studio Art in 2013, and hold a certificate from the Integrated Learning Specialist Program through the Alameda County Office of Education.

Some of my current creative collaborations include: illustrations for Women's Earth Alliance, curriculum and art development with Jewish Voice for Peace, an original children's picture book, and printed books and zines. 

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