What is your favorite memory at PHS or with students?
I think my favorite happiness here is when I think of a lesson or project, and everybody’s working on it happily, side by side at tables … It really feels communal and that’s a good memory.
Did you ever consider other career paths?
[Although I received a degree in English,] I was never thinking of being an English teacher … I mean I did think [of being a teacher] after I got my MFA of teaching, but it was always [important] that I would be doing my own [art] work, and I still do that.
What type of art do you do?
I think of myself really as a sculptor, but I do [photography]. I have made books, I’ve done painting … whatever [my] idea demands … Right now, I’m doing a lot of craft-based work, so sort of fiber, sewing, [and] knitting, but it can be just any medium, I love … doing new things
What has been the greatest struggle for you in education, or art?
Trying to balance everything … I’m a parent and an artist and a teacher so … my biggest struggle has been privileging my creative work.
What are you most proud of?
Probably my kids. I feel good about them.
Do you have other interests, besides art?
Pretty much no! I mean my family [is] really important, I love books, I love movies but … I always feel like if I have time I’m making time for my own work.
What is your advice for those planning to pursue art or teaching?
Always be learning— that never ends. The one thing I see [at PHS] is kids [who] think that they will [reach] some point where they don’t need to learn anymore … you may as well die. As an artist, the best thing is that you’re always learning, you’re always a beginner … that’s the single most important thing.