Teaching Portfolio



Teaching Philosophy

Throughout my educational advancement, I have thrived the most by having instructors that encourage me to take my own path to  reach my goals and embrace my individuality as a student. It is important to acknowledge and embrace the differences amongst students. I teach because I believe that all students have different learning paths and require new and explorative ways of understanding new concepts. As an instructor my goals are to maintain a positive and exciting learning atmosphere and find the most effective ways to increase the amount of information students retain outside of the classroom. As a student, I knew that I performed best when I had positive relationship with my instructor. Building a solid student/teacher relationship allows students to feel more comfortable asking questions and looking for clarification on assignments they did not understand. To create a clear path or students to connect and achieve their goals, I enjoy working on group warm ups that not only get their ideas flowing but to allow them to communicate and inspire their peers with their creativity.

Within the classroom I want students to feel the freedom to make mistakes on their work. Making portfolio quality pieces will be a part of their professional development but failing is a large part of building portfolio quality skills. Students will not only be assessed on their ability to complete assignments and finish tasks, but their ability to receive and give feedback to their peers. Communication is a large part of working in the design world, and students should have exposure to socializing in artistic circles to better prepare them for the formal design atmosphere.

Building an accessible and inclusive environment is an essential part of the classroom and any educational space I occupy. By establishing preferred pronouns at the beginning of the first class and discussing diversity as its own lecture within the course, I hope to establish the belief that our classroom is open and accepting to all students. Bringing light to our differences and acknowledging the diverse community in college spaces is important to connecting to your students and making them feel welcome to express themselves and have honest discussions within class. This concept will be reinforced through the types of projects we will complete in class. Such as the “advertisement redesign” project which tasks students with selecting and redesigning their own chosen add to be more diverse and inclusive. Throughout my educational career, I have thrived best in environments that inspire me to take my own path to reach my goals and embrace my individuality as a student. As an instructor, I strive to create the most impactful and positive environment for my pupils, listening to their specific needs and tuning my approach to each classes’ unique personalities and interests. I teach because I believe that all students have different learning paths and require explorative ways of understanding new concepts. As a student, I would easily tune out courses I considered to have an instructor that seemed disinterested in learning how to engage the class, or the external interferences I had that may impede classwork. As an instructor, my goals are to maintain a positive and exciting learning atmosphere, and find the most effective ways to increase the amount of information students retain outside of the classroom. I have learned that the student’s capacity to contribute to class may be faced with many road blocks out of my control as an instructor, and there will be moments throughout the course when changes and accommodations are made outside of the neatly structured lesson guides created for them.
Building an accessible and inclusive atmosphere is an essential part of the teaching space and any educational space I occupy. By establishing preferred pronouns at the beginning of the course and discussing diversity as its own lecture within the subsections taught, I hope to establish the belief that our classroom is open and accepting to all students. Ideas of diversity and inclusion are an important factor throughout class discussions and historical design research. Whether focusing on design movements or cultural origins, the topics covered in class discussion are highlighted to bring attention to underrepresented pioneers in the art and design world. The intersectionality’s of race, class, and gender exist at the center of many art and design practices. The addition of these ideas into a design syllabus provides students with the ability to analyze their experiences and evaluate them based on their understanding diversity and inclusion in various contexts.
Within the classroom I believe it is important to reconnect with the local community and address the spaces we occupy as a part of the design process. As an educational institution, students benefit from engaging spaces outside of their social spheres and creating connections between the topics we discuss and its implementation in real-world settings. My objective as a teacher is to encourage my class to develop their own creative focus and research development skills. The complications I’ve encountered as I navigated higher education, and the importance of my academic mentors in my artistic success, inspire me to continue to spread knowledge through inviting and encouraging learning atmospheres. Although I enjoy nurturing the creative process of my students, I also appreciate constructive feedback from my students. By checking in with them individually on their projects and general thoughts about the course, I aim to give my class the chance to feel heard, prioritized and respected as young artists and designers. My teaching philosophy is grounded in community building and educational success through collaborative environments, this approach has greatly improved class communication and a sense of trust within the creative collective inside the teaching space.


Thoughts on Pedagogy

I believe that the most success comes from positive reinforcement within the classroom. After teaching with students from many grades up to post-secondary school, I have built strong relationships with students who know that I appreciate their best efforts and reward everyone equally for their hard work. Patience and understanding are the key to being successful in the classroom. 


Personal Statement

Over the next few years, I am most passionate about exploring the next frontier of technology with my students. Learning new programs and materials can be challenging and I think it is important to break the ice between traditional artists and technology. My experiences with technology have been stressful but also incredibly rewarding in my professional development. I believe it is important to strengthen the students confidence through helpful exercises that allow them the get comfortable with using ditigal mediums in their work.