Accomplishments and Milestones
Author of Gardening for Kids: Learn, Grow, and Get Messy with Fun STEAM Projects. A nonfiction book of 25 garden-based experiments and projects that help kids grow a love of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Publisher: Rockridge Press, 2020
Responsibilities: Content creation including STEAM projects, writing, editing, gathering endorsements, and creating marketing posts for social media.
September 2014 - Present
Owner and Educator for Bramble Glen Nature Discovery Classes in Issaquah, WA., a nature immersion program for elementary age children. Bramble Glen's basic philosophy is that children need to have quality, free-play time outdoors for hands-on learning experiences.
Responsibilities: Creating nature-based art projects, experiments, and activities that encourage imaginative play, cooperation, critical thinking skills, creativity, hand-eye coordination, balance, and physical strength. Developed weekly STEAM based projects for a full calendar year. Other responsibilities include marketing, budgeting, client communication and billing, and social media management.
November 2002 - Present
As a freelance portrait photographer, I design, stage, capture and edit photographs of individuals, groups of people and people with products.
Responsibilities: Client consultations, conceptualizing an image for client needs, setting up the appropriate staging, positioning subjects effectively to produce the best pictures possible, post production work in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, file organization, billing, marketing and customer service.
September 2014 - June 2018
A volunteer art teaching position at Clark Elementary, grades kindergarten through 5th grade. The art Docent Program supports the art learning standards of Washington State by using grant funds to plan and teach principles of art, art vocabulary, and art criticism and art history to elementary aged children.
Responsibilities: Planning 2-4 lessons per month that introduce an element of art or principle of design, using works of art as examples. Budgeting for the year's art projects, and coordinating themes and resources with classroom teachers.
LIST OF CLIENTS
2001 - Present
El Charro Restaurant, Nitehawk Sweepers, Key Leaves Saxaphone Products, Windermere Real Estate, Evergreen Home Loans, TMC Medical Center, and hundreds of portrait photography clients including families, high school seniors, children, dogs, cats and couples.
BA degree in Cultural Geography, University of Arizona