I believe art-making, creative thinking, and critique are fundamental life skills that should be fostered at an early age. Every student has the ability to hone their own inherent creativity, self-expression, and making process. With the mentorship of an engaged and passionate teacher, students can recognize how the appreciation of art and the process of art-making ignites a spark that can last a lifetime. As a teacher, I guide and support students as they develop life skills that transcend the art classroom into daily life. Students are encouraged to think independently, ask questions, and push the boundaries. Working and teaching with various modalities and an ever-adapting disposition allows for the opportunity to meet all students on their level, giving them the best chance to succeed, in and outside of the classroom.