Educational Background
Masters Degree in Art Education plus sixty credits earned from Temple University, The University for the Arts
and The University of Alaska, 1991

Masters Degree in Art Education, Temple University, 1980

Bachelor of Science, Moore College of Art & Design, 1966

 

Work Experience
Professor Emeritus, Retired

Professor and Program Manager of Masters in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations, 2009-2015

Professor and Chair of Art Education at Moore College of Art & Design, 2003-2009

Art Teacher in the Philadelphia Public School District, 1966-2002

Loesche Elementary School, 1976-2002, teaching eight hundred and fifty students in grades kindergarten through fifth, including one class of Severely and Profoundly Impaired children, three classes of children with Autism, and three classes of children needing Learning Support which includes children with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and children who are Educable Retarded. All of these children, with the exception of the Severely and Profoundly Impaired Children, are also included in the art room.
Clymer Elementary School, Philadelphia, Pa. 1966-1976

Adjunct Professor at Moore College of Art & Design teaching Art Methods and Curriculum, 1994-2003

Adjunct Professor at Tyler School of Art teaching Art in Elementary and Secondary Education, Spring 2003

Adjunct Professor at Temple University teaching Arts and Learning in Elementary Education, Spring 2003

Adjunct Professor at Temple University teaching The Art Student Teaching Seminar, 1999

Designed and taught the course entitled Special Populations Course at Moore College of Art & Design, 1995-1997. The course teaches art teachers how to teach Special Needs Children through first hand experience with the children.

 

Workshops and Presentations
Presented a four day workshop at Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute, October 8th – 11th, 2015

Presented Teaching Special Needs Students in a Museum Setting to PAFA Docents, March 18, 2015

Presented “Teaching Art To Children with Special Needs” to Great Valley School District, Feb., 2015

October Mentor, 2014 for National Art Education Ass.

Presented “Teaching Art to Children with Autism”, Philadelphia, June 25, 2014

Presented at Mural Arts, Professional Development Think Tank, June 12, 2014

Presented “Teaching Art to Children with Autism” at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, Pa. April 15, 2014

Presented “If Not Now, Then When? If Not Me Then Who?” Council for Exceptional Children Conference, April 10th, 2014

Presented “Understanding Students with Autism”, Council for Exceptional Children Conference, April 9, 2014

Presented “The Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education” at a super session for the NAEA Conference, San Diego, March 2014

Paper published by The Kennedy Center entitled Reflections on Moore College of Art and Design’s Master’s Degree Program in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations, March, 2014

Presented “Teachers as Researchers: Best Teaching Strategies for Students with Special Needs”, PAEA Conference, October 20, 2013

Co-Presented: “Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” for VSA Pennsylvania, and Pa. Council for the arts. Harrisburg, Pa. August 13, 2013

Presented “Teaching Ignites a Passion for Learning” with graduate alums, Kim Gavin, Tina Matczak and Veronica Hicks at Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, Kennedy Center, August 7, 2013

Presented Lightning Talk, Intersections: Arts and Special Education Forum 2013, August 9, 2013

Co-Presented: “Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” for VSA Pennsylvania, and Pa. Council for the arts. Philadelphia, June 2013

Authored Special Needs in Art Education news article for NAEA, Summer, 2013

Presented “Teaching Art to Students with Special Needs” for District 64, Chicago, Ill, February 2013

Presented “Demonstrated Impact of Art on Special Needs Students at the NAEA Conference, March 2013

Presented Art & Autism, Mini-Posium at Moore College of Art & Design, March 2013

Co-authored a white paper with Dr. Beverly Levitt Gerber for The Kennedy Center entitled “An Attack on the Tower of Babel: Creating a National Arts/Special Education Resource, January 2013

Presenting “Explore High and Low-Tech Assistive Technology” at Pa. Art Education Conference, Oct. 2012

Presented “A Hands-On Pre-Service Art Education Course Teaches Children with Disabilities” at the National Art Education Association, March 2012

Presented “Tips and Strategies for Teaching Art to Special Needs Students”, April 2012

Presented “Art and Students with Learning Differences” for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s School and Teacher Programs, October 2011

Presented “Art in Translation: Teaching Learners of English”, October 2011

Presented “ Art and Autism”, Temple University, March 2011

Installed an exhibition of Art From Students with Special Needs at the Pa. Department of Ed., 2011

Presented “A Summary of MA Theses in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Needs” at the National Art Education Association Conference, March 2011

Presented “The Art of Social Justice: A Project based Unit for 5th Grade”, NAEA 2010

Presented “Tapping into Opportunity” at the NAEA Convention, 2009

Presented “Teaching Art to Children with Autism”, Temple University, October 2009

Presented “Staying Focused: Working With Students with Learning Disabilities”, March 2009

Presented “Art for Children with Autism” at Kutztown University, Nov. 2008

Presented “Inclusion in the Art Room”, October 2008

Presented “Art And Social Justice”, June 2008

Presented “Art Driven Project Based Learning” at Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, 2007

Presented “Teaching Children with Autism” at Tyler School of Art, Nov. 2005

Presented “Teaching Art to Mentally Disables Adults” for JEVS employment Agency, July 2005

Presented for the Chairs of Art Education of the Archdiocese “Assessment Strategies”, Nov. 2005

Guest speaker for the course Invitational Education offered through Montgomery County I.U. June, July, 2004

Member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Initial Review team for Shippensburg art education department, July 2004

Presenter of a workshop entitled “Bookmaking” for Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, June 2004

Presented “Classroom Management” for Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, May, 2004

Art Education review team member for The Pennsylvania Department of Education at St. Joseph’s University, March 2004

Presented “Surviving the Art of Mainstreaming”, Pa. Art Education Ass., Oct. 25, 2003

Presented “Structuring Residency for Teaching Artists”, October 14, 2003

Presented “Teaching The Deaf and Hearing Impaired”, for the Clay Studio, July 13, 2003

Wrote literacy curriculum for art teachers in the Phila. School District, August 2003

Presented “Classroom Management Skills” to the artists of the Clay Studio, 2003

Presented “Visual Arts and the Special Needs Child”, May 2003

Presented at Urban Family Conference, May 2003

Presented “Teaching Art to Special Needs Children” for the Delaware Intermediate Unit, Nov. 2003

Presented “Art and the Special Needs Child” workshop for The Philadelphia Public School System, Nov. 2003

Presented at the Bridle Path School District on “Art and The Special Needs Child”, 2002

Presented to Tyler School of Art first year Art Education Students, 2002

Content leader for The Philadelphia Public School’s Content Institute on Literacy Balanced Education and the Arts, 2002

Wrote and piloted the Arts Assessment System for the state of Pennsylvania, 2001

Presented at the University of the Arts “Working with Special needs Students in the Art Room”, 2001

Content leader for The Philadelphia Public School’s Content Institute on Literacy: Integrating the Visual Arts, Summer and Fall, 2001

Content leader for The Philadelphia Public School’s Content Institute on Project Based Education , Summer and Fall 1999

Content leader for The Philadelphia Public School District’s Content Institute on Integrating the Visual Arts into the Curriculum, Summer and Fall, 1998

Presented a workshop entitled “Teaching Art Through Standards Based Instruction” at The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership Seminar, 1998

Appointed to write revisions to The Philadelphia Public Schools Curriculum Frameworks for the Visual Arts, 1998

Appointed to write the Curriculum Frameworks for the Visual Arts for the Philadelphia Public School District, 1997

Appointed to write The Standards for the Visual Arts for the Philadelphia Public School District, 1994, 1996

Teacher at Woodmere Art Museum Summer Program, 1999-2002

Presented Teaching Art To Special Needs Children at The Pennsylvania Art Educators’ Association Conference, University of the Arts, 1995

Volunteers one afternoon a week at St. Vincent de Paul Church teaching art to children at risk 1997- 2002

Facilitates School Council Meetings at Loesche Elementary School. The Council meets monthly and makes recommendations concerning school curriculum, community outreach, finance, technology and professional development, 1995- 1999

 

Awards and Honors
Recipient of ArtWell’s Visionary Leader Award, October 17th, 2015

Awarded Emeritus status from Moore College of Art & Design, August, 2015

Recipient of Pennsylvania’s Art Educator of the Year Award, 2013-2014, October, 2013

Received The Bob and Penny Fox Distinguished Professor Award for Moore College of Art & Design, 2013-2014

Recipient of the Kassandara Madison Art Education Leadership and Inspiration Award from the Picasso Project, 2010

Recipient of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Award for Outstanding Art Educator in Higher Education, 2008

Recipient of A Distinguished Alumnae Award from Moore College of Art and Design, 1999

Recipient of a grant to teach Ancient Egypt to first grade students, 1999

Recipient of a grant from Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership entitled R.O.M.E. (Renaissance, Opportunity, Multicultural, Excitement) to teach the Renaissance through the Arts to Loesche School’s fifth grade classes, 1998

Semi-Finalist for Celebration of Excellence in Teaching Award from the Philadelphia Public School District, 1991

Nomination for Celebration of Excellence in Teaching Award from the Philadelphia Public School District, 1990

Finalist for the Rose Lindenbaum Award, 1985

Recipient of The Educators 3E Award from West Chester University for Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship, 2006

Recipient of The Stockton Rush George Bartol Arts in Education Fellowship, 1999

Recipient of A Distinguished Alumnae Award from Moore College of Art and Design, 1999

Recipient of a grant to teach Ancient Egypt to first grade students, 1999

Recipient of a grant from Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership entitled R.O.M.E. (Renaissance, Opportunity, Multicultural, Excitement) to teach the Renaissance through the Arts to Loesche School’s fifth grade classes, 1998

Semi-Finalist for Celebration of Excellence in Teaching Award from the Philadelphia Public School District, 1991

Nomination for Celebration of Excellence in Teaching Award from the Philadelphia Public School District, 1990

Finalist for the Rose Lindenbaum Award, 1985

 

Board Affiliations
Founding member of Division of Arts Education’s (DARTS) proposal to Council for Exceptional Children, April, 2015

President-Elect of CEC’s DARTs Division, 2015 – 2017

President of National Art Education Association/ Special Needs Art Education, 2013-2015

President-elect of National Art Education Association/ Special Needs Art Education, 2011-2012

Arts in Special Education representative for the Pa. Art Education Association, 2009-2013

Co- Chair of the Board of ArtWell, 2010-2014

Woodmere Art Museum Education Board, 2006-present

Fresh Artists Advisory Board, 2007-present

Philadelphia Art Museum Advisory Committee for Art and Literacy (Art Speaks), 2007-2009

Philadelphia Museum of Art Advisory Committee for Colonial American Poster Series, 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art Advisory Committee for Women in the Arts Poster Series, 2007

2006 Stockton Rush Bartol Board, 2003-2009

 

Exhibitions
Showed at Philadelphia Foundation, Making our Mark: Teachers as Students, May 1st – August 23, 2013

Showed at The Fairmount Arts Crawl, Flying Carpet, April 2012

Showed at Holy Family University, December 2011

Showed at Third Street Gallery, 2011

Showed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 2010

Showed at juried show at Highwire Gallery, 2010

Showed at Annenberg Center, Lankenau Hospital, 2010

Showed at Still Waters, 2009

Showed at Octo Gallery, 2008 and 2009

Showed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 2008

Showed at Stapeley Manor, 2007, 2009, 2010

Showed at a juried show at the University of Scranton, 2007

Art in Permanent Collection of the Pa. Dept. of Education. 2007

Showed at Moore College of Art & Design Faculty Exhibit, 2007

Showed at QBix Gallery, 2005

Showed at Moore College of Art & Design, 2003

Showed at juried art show at ALMA Gallery, 2002

Showed art work at Moore College of Art, 2002

Showed at Woodmere Art Museum, 2001

Showed at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, 2001

Showed at a juried exhibition entitled Religion through the Eyes of the Visual Artist at The ALMA Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa., 1997

Showed at Celebrate The Arts, Doylestown, 1996

Showed at The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, Pa., 1994

 

Loesche Student Achievements
Students create and build clocks for the Ronald Mc Donald House, 2002

Second grade students write and illustrate a text entitled Traveling to Ancient Greece, which is used as a resource for teaching Core Knowledge Sequence, 2001

Student wins Beneficial Saving’s Bank Someone Special Contest, 2001

Students write and illustrate a book entitled If I were God for a Day, to help minister to people with AIDS, 2000

Students create drawings for and participate in painting an anti-drug mural on a neighborhood bridge, 2000

Student wins Beneficial Saving’s Bank Someone Special Contest, 2001, 2000, 1998

Students create art for Kids Care, 2002 -1996. The students’ art is displayed at Woodmere Art Museum for the month of December and then is taken by Manna to people afflicted with A.I.D.S. as gifts for the holiday season.

Students, representing Philadelphia, design and create a quilt for the Art Festival in the sister city of Kayo, Japan, 1997

Student exhibition at the Woodmere Art Museum, 1997

Students participate in writing a family guide for the Woodmere Art Museum, 1996

Students are awarded commission; art permanently displayed at Research For Better Schools, 1994

Student wins $500 for “Visit To the Doctor” competition 1994, 1993

Student’s artwork is selected for permanent display in the United States Capitol Building,1991

 

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