WORK EXPERIENCES & RESIDENCIES

EXPLORATORIUM

Museum Educator

San Francisco, California

2017– 2018

  • Trained youth facilitators in developing their educator identities, methodology, and personal interest in creating.

  • Managed and maintained the Tinkering Studio spatial elements, exhibits, and workshop communication between visitors and staff.

  • Managed tool use, training, & safety with visitors, Tinkering Studio staff, and visiting artists.

  • Implemented a more personable approach to facilitation and a culture of sharing ideas, eager exploration, and persistence.

  • This role brought a deepened awareness that a relationship between myself and the learner is the foundation for the experience.

KID MUSEUM

Creative Director

Bethesda, Maryland

2015– 2017

  • Designed, iterated, and fabricated exhibits that offered multiple pathways of interaction for a variety of ages to build and collaborate.

  • Developed and facilitated thematic curriculum for afterschool, homeschool and specialized workshops.

  • Led a team of maker educators in their facilitation, workshop design, tool instruction and studio culture.

  • Systematized and managed the organization of digital and physical elements of the museum.

  • Helped to build an empathetic professional workplace culture and guide the organization with both a 20 year outlook and a next-year lens.

  • This position grew my abilities to delegate as well as my creativity as I designed exhibits with intense spatial, time, and financial limitations.

DC village

Unschooler Guide

Bethesda, Maryland

2015– 2016

  • Guided a group of “unschooled” kids (aged 2-11) in their emotional, social and cognitive development.

  • Set cultural and communication norms to emphasize respectful and empathic relationships.

  • Inspired kids to use all their senses through outdoor adventures with the goal of instilling an appreciation of fire, pocket knives, and the forest.  

  • I was reminded of the importance of the teacher-parent relationship and saw how kids use play to process what they can’t communicate.

future makers

Maker Educator

Washington DC area

2012 – 2017

  • Designed and lead maker curricula for after-school programs, summer workshops, library programing and in-school classes.

  • Taught pre-K through middle school students: coding, circuitry, hands on building, and engineering concepts.

  • Students taught me to trust them with their own discovery and that we have need to figure out objects with our hands.

JOrvan outreach

Visiting artist

Cape Town, South Africa 

Spring 2015

kone foundation

artist in residence

Mynämäki, Finland

2013 & 2014

Argyle middle school

Maker in residence

Fall 2014

Us state department

Morocco

Visiting Artist

Morocco

Summer 2014

Lab school of Washington

Art Teaching Internship​

2013 - 2014 

  • Assisted the lead art teacher in a combined art and history class of 5th and 6th grade students with learning differences.

  • I saw how important it is for kids to develop self-advocacy in order gain agency in their learning and relationships.

smithsonian Art lab+

Mentor / Educator

Washington DC

2012 – 2013

  • Developed and led graphic design, digital music production, DJing,  photography, videography and maker workshops.

  • Designed and implemented a scaffolded badging system to allow access to professional production equipment and space.

  • Mentored DC youth in a free digital media studio connected to the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum.

  • I learned to listen more and discovered  that the trust of a DSLR camera can skyrocket self-confidence.  

English teacher

Tokyo, Japan 1997 – 2000

Beijing, China 2006 – 2009

Osaka, Japan  2011 – 2012

  • Tutored and taught English conversation, privately, in large classrooms, and in small groups.

  • Taught business professionals, tutored college students and helped making learning an exciting event for an elementary school in Beijing.

  • Students help show me that my personality can make learning English active and fun.

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