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I did my undergrad at SAIC where I received a BFAAE. I teach at Lyon Elementary school, in CPS.  I have been teaching for 9 years and I’ve been at my school for 8 years. I completed my National Board Certification in 2012. I have been awarded several Oppenheimer Teacher Incentive Grants for the school sculpture garden I’ve been working on for several years. In addition to the Oppenheimer grants, I have partnered with the Intuit Teacher Fellowship program for 4 consecutive years as well.  I am a proud and active member of The Chicago Teacher’s Union. I am an active member of the Burning Man community and have attended the event twice. I am most interested in community based pedagogy and interactive artwork.


  1. My step-dad because he is an accountant and very good with teaching me how to save money. He grew up very poor, his mother was an alcoholic who died when he was 25, paid for college with sports scholarships, and is now considered upper middle class.  He raised me as his own daughter and neglected his own needs to provide for his “girls,” (my mom and my 2 sisters). He is selfless and an excellent role model, even if I don’t see eye to eye with him politically. 

2. My Mom has always been there for me, even when I was a rebellious middle/high school student.  She taught me how to draw and write. She even home schooled me when I was in 8th grade. She is my hero of all heroes. 

3. My own desire to be successful and my drive to become a better teacher influences me everyday. I have had many mentors along the way, whom I’m very grateful for. If it wasn’t for my own perseverance, I wouldn’t be in the MFAAE program at SAIC.  

4. Burning Man is a major social and artist influence for me.  I believe in the spiritual side of the event and abide by the “10 principals” in my everyday interactions. I even instill the principles into my classroom and my curriculum. The 10 Principals are:

Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.



“Burning Man Art On Fire” by Jennifer Raiser 

“The First Days of School” by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong

“Please Stop Laughing at Me” by Jodee Blanco

“Look at Me” by Jennifer Egan


Spark: A Burning Man Story

“Waiting for Superman”

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