I would like to introduce myself to my new Esperanza students and families. Both my husband and I were born and raised on the rustic New Jersey shore, where I first discovered my love of the fine arts. After high school, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA with a Major in Design, my teaching credential and Master of Education from National University, and I recently completed the College Board Endorsed AP Summer Institute in topics related to teaching Studio Art.
I have been a part of the PYLUSD family at Travis Ranch Middle School for the past 9 years where I served as the Visual Art and Yearbook Teacher, as well as the electives department chair. This year, I am thrilled to have some of my prior Travis Ranch students in my classes here at Esperanza! My family is also an integral part of the PYLYSD family. We have lived in Placentia for the past 14 years, and we have 2 daughters who currently attend Esperanza High School.
The Esperanza Visual Art program is designed to sequentially develop the artistic abilities and aesthetic sense of all art students. By offering a sequential, standards-based course selection, students can pursue their interest in art by discovering artistic skills, learning new processes and techniques using a variety of media, appreciating historical and cultural references in art, and eventually develop their student voice. The emphasis in Esperanza’s upper level art classes is on critical analysis, innovative art-making processes, creative problem solving, and ultimately building a strong portfolio based on student voice. The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design form the cornerstones of all lesson discussions and art analysis.
Thank you for visiting the Esperanza Visual Arts Department, and I look forward to guiding your student in the exciting world of the visual arts!