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Animo Pat Brown Charter High School, 2019-Present 

For the past two years, I have worked as a Visual Arts teacher at a public charter high school in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. I came to this school after spending seven years as an art educator in an urban 2nd-8th independent school. I made the shift to public school because I wanted to work in a community where I could use my skills to uplift and empower diverse working-class communities. Shifting to public education was the best decision I’ve ever made. My teaching practice has deepened and is profoundly informed by the equity and social justice issues of our time. I see access to a quality arts education as a fundamental equity issue. I believe that all students should have an opportunity to experience the libratory, healing, and transformative power of the arts.


The cornerstone of my teaching philosophy is Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB), a structured choice-based approach to art education that enables students to develop artistic habits through authentic learning experiences and responsive teaching. TAB emphasizes experimentation, innovation, and curiosity; students make art about the things they love (e.g. youth culture, fan art, brand design, anime, etc.) while concurrently practicing the studio habits of artists. From research, to sketching, to refining, students are taught how each phase of the artistic thinking process works through step-by-step guidelines and regular practice. The element of choice and emphasis on studio habits provides scaffolded entry points for students to develop their artistic voices and technical skills. Student choice keeps me on my toes and pushes me to constantly learn new skills, at any given moment I can find myself mentoring a budding architect, a fashion designer, and an aspiring animator all at the same time.