Google, Mountain View, CA September 2008 - present
Curriculum Specialist 8/2012-present - Consultations with educators to ensure high quality curriculum and daily experiences for children. - Responsible for development and launch of Enrichment Program for the 4 Google Children’s Center Sites. This consisted of understanding families’ needs, connecting with local artists and educators who could meet these needs, and organizing everything from the enrollment process to daily program logistics.
Studio Educator 5/2011-8/2012 - design and maintain a beautiful studio space, reflective of the collective interests across 21 classrooms - consult with educators to assure classroom environments are complex, innovative, lovely and filled with a broad range of materials and documentation intended to scaffold and extend children’s learning experiences - responsible for professional development opportunities for staff of 70+, including hands-on workshops, peer presentation opportunities, and off-site events - support the Center in hosting visitors to the school, in small tours and through large conferences. This work includes everything from design, printing, and distribution of marketing materials and supporting documents, to touring visitors and sharing center work - planning of special events for families, including hands-on opportunities with materials, children’s performances, and an annual art exhibit of children’s work (2012 exhibit opening had 135+ attendees)
Early Childhood Educator 9/2008-05/2011 - Collaborate with colleagues in a classroom of 21 children age 3-5, responsibilities include: development and organization of an environment which inspires creativity and inquiry, daily communication with parents via daily face-to-face check-ins, emails, newsletters, conferences & home-visits, curation of student portfolios, bi-annual parent conferences, assessing classroom needs to place quarterly materials orders. - With a range of tools, record moments of learning throughout the day, maintain archive of photographs, sound bytes, written notes, and video footage for students, to be assembled into documentation formats that can be used by students, families, and/or teachers as learning tools. From this data, we design and implement classroom curriculum that follows children’s interests, supports their needs, and encourages their development with special focus on long-term investigations. - Responsible for development and maintenance of class garden and school composting programs. - Organize events and activities to promote connection within our community: potlucks, Parent volunteers, etc. - Design schedules for teachers in classrooms and arrange teaching coverage to meet center needs - Promoted from Teacher Level 1 to Teacher Level 2, November 2009. Promoted from Level 2 to Level 3, November 2010.
Antilles School, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands September 2007 - July 2008
After-School & Summer Program Specialist - Designed and implemented courses for students ages 3 ½ - 15 years - Coordinated a public exhibition of student artwork and classroom documentation for end-of-year celebration. Assistant to Director of After School Activities Program - Daily supervision and coordination of program including organizing budgets & instructor payroll, parent & employee communications, field-trip coordination, registration & attendance monitoring, etc. - Designed promotional materials and prepared advertising through newspapers, radio, and online sources. Substitute Teacher for PreK-Middle School
The Little Red School House (LREI), New York, NY September 2004 – August 2006
*After-School Teacher & Art Specialist *
- Worked with a team of teachers to develop, lead and supervise daily activities including Art, Cooking, Science, and Cultural projects, for children preK-1st grade. - As Art Specialist, responsible for planning and leading weekly art lessons and lending expertise to colleagues
Little Red Summer Camp Art Specialist Instructor
- Created and taught Art Courses for children ages “nearly 4”- 10 years including: Collaborative Art, Art Around the World, Misunderstood Monsters, Learning From the Masters, Live In a Zoo, and China, China, China! - Supported groups during the camp day and on field trips.
The Legitimate Theatre Company, New York, NY March 2004 – March 2005
Artist in Residence - Website Design and Maintenance - Product design and production including: posters, t-shirts, buttons and other promotional materials. - Acted as Artistic Director, Set & Costume Designer for several productions.
nest Magazine, New York, NY January 2004- May 2004
Arts and Communications Intern - Developed a system of marketing this unique graphic & interior design magazine to university arts faculty and students and then contacted people at over fifty institutions in order to promote readership. - Established a section of nest whose responsibilities include reaching out to & engaging young readers. - General office work including cataloging nest library of rare books, preparing press materials, and scheduling.
Harvard Graduate School of Education Cambridge, MA
Ed.M. Arts in Education, June 2007 - Focus on the incorporation of visual and media arts into the classroom. - Developed art and arts-based curriculums informed by cognitive science: Collaborative Art Workshop, Media Literacy through Filmmaking, Exploring Chinatown, and The Doll Curriculum - Researched, designed and built a website to educate youth about Chinese Arts and Culture.
New York University: Gallatin School, New York, NY
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, May 2004 - Thesis Art: Organizing Life, Understanding Self represented studies of Anthropology, Art History and Studio Art.
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland, ME
Spring Semester 2003 Narrative Non-fiction Writing Track - Ethnographic work at boatyard in Maine including interviewing & transcription, observation and research. - Romance of the Wooden Boat published in Salt Issue 59/60 2005.
Presenting Data and Information a 1-day course with Edward Tufte. San Jose, CA, December 2010
Hawkins Centers for Learning Annual Gathering at Boulder Journey School, Boulder, CO, July 2010
Annual Reggio Emilia Institute at Lesley University, Cambridge MA, April 2010
WIDE World Courses, Online PD developed via Harvard Graduate School of Education WIDE Coach Development for "Making Thinking Visible" Course, Fall 2010 Making Thinking Visible: Building Understanding through Critical and Creative Thinking, Spring 2010
Training Courses @ Google Foundations of Project Managment, Emotional Literacy, Playground Safety , Home Visits, Positive Discipline, Infant Focus Workshop on Materials, Search Inside Yourself - Developing Emotional Intelligence, and Stress Management
Pilot Course: Multiple Intelligences, through MI Institute, Summer 2009
Continuing Education Courses at Foothill College, Los Altos, CA Studies in ECE: Collaboration (4 units) Spring 2009 Teaching Practicum (5 units) Spring 2009
Life Lab Workshop: Gardening in the ECE Classroom, UC Santa Cruz, March 2009
Academic Presentations and Conferences
Educating the Educator Workshop at NAEYC Annual Conference, Atlanta GA. November 2012
Technology & Children parent.edu at Google, October 2012.
Symbolic Systems for Elements in Motion, NAREA Summer Conference Atelier design and facilitation of workshop, July 2012.
Learning, Aesthetics, and Connections: Stories from Studio Educators Co-presented with Google Studio Team at NAREA Winter Conference, February 2012.
Innovative Teacher Project Roundtable hosted Bay Area educators, November 2011.
An Investigation of Children’s Understandings of Spaces at Our School A presentation on children’s work offered at the Continuing the Conversation Series, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. October 2011.
The Composting Project: How a Vermicomposting Curriculum Strengthened Our Culture California Association for the Education of the Young Child (CAEYC) Annual Conference April 2010
Going from Data to Documentation: Processes and Purposes A workshop on the use of Documentation as a teaching and learning tool, presented for the Continuing the Conversation Series, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. October 2009
The Blackboard Project Collaborated on design, production and implementation of an interactive art installation reflecting the conference theme of “Image and Knowledge: Constructing Power in Communities of Color" for the Alumni of Color Conference at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. March 2007
The Impact of Sound on Learning in Museums In a roundtable format, research project on the effects of music on museum visitors’ experiences at the Student Research Conference :Emerging Perspectives in Education. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. February 2007
Intensive Arts Training and Experience:
Graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts (’99), summer programs at RISD and Parsons Paris, exhibitions in NYC and Boston, practicing artist for over 12 years. Skilled in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, and sculpture, as well as the art of critique.