I've been teaching at CCHS since 1989. Starting with half-day classes at Woodland and the high school, art was offered full time at the high school after 1999. I now offer 4 classes; Visual Art 1, 2, Pottery, and, new this year, Printmaking.
Since the last of my 3 boys graduated from CCHS in 2004, I’ve been able to pursue more personal and academic adventure; through a grant from the Chicago Art Institute I was able to spend 2 weeks at the institute studying contemporary art issues & making art, 3 weeks in Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Scholar enabled me to experience firsthand the art & culture of Japan, 1 week at Mesa Verde National Park learning primitive pottery making thanks to a grant from the Community Rural Trust, and several trips to Foxfire in Mountain City, GA to appreciate what can be learned right in our own back yards. All of these experiences have only strengthened my understanding and appreciation for what I teach – art & craft - and put me in the position of student rather than teacher - a very enlightening position for a teacher to be in.