I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I attended a small private elementary and high school thriving in the small class environment getting assistance when necessary and working closely with my peers. I attended Cabrini College, a small liberal arts school that similarly offered a small school experience. While in college, I studied Studio Art and Psychology in preparation for a career in Art Therapy. For graduate school, I attended Hahnemann University in Philadelphia (now known as Drexel University, earning my degree in Creative Arts Therapy. After graduate school, I worked as an Art Therapist in several non-profit and for profit settings. The individuals that I assisted during this time ranged from psychiatric in - patients, to individuals with chronic mental illness, to individuals in a Detox unit.I have worked with individuals of all ages from children to geriatrics. I am most motivated by my work with children and teens, which is where I hope to finish my career. Through this work, I have learned a great deal about the human condition and have become an effective educator and mentor. In several of my experiences I had a supervisory role, managing the day-to day operations of an adolescent outpatient mental health program, and an alternative school for girls.
I married my husband, which has taken me on many adventures. He is a Geography professor. Which has afforded me the opportunity to travel to interesting places, exploring the arts, food and culture of different countries. His work has also forced us to relocate several times resulting in many career shifts for myself. California does not recognize my Art Therapy degree forcing me to consider alternatives that fortuitously led me to teaching pre-K through 8 grade. I have a fourteen-year-old daughter who has also been a teacher of mine. She is energetic, athletic, and bright.
Our move to Los Angeles more than ten years ago has been an exciting transition. I enjoy enjoying living on the West Coast exploring the region’s cultural and environmental diversity. Living here is also a great place for me to continue my pas