Annapolis High School Art Department
I believe that art is a privilege that all students should have the opportunity of experiencing. I understand art to be a key that unlocks the doors to creative thinking, appreciation of cultural ideas, and a valuable form of self and social expression. As a teacher, I feel my role is to create an environment where students are able to execute and expand upon their artistic talents, understand the history of art and its influences, and cultivate intrinsic motivation.
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Huron High School. I received my bachelor's degree in art education from Western Michigan University and was hired at Annapolis High School. While working at AHS I completed my Master's Degree in Art Education from Eastern Michigan. My wife Jennifer is also teacher and teaches Social Studies in Northville. I have two children, Connor a high school student and Mallory who is in middle school.
Teaching art at Annapolis has been a great experience and I feel that I have grown tremendously as a person, as a teacher, and as an artist as the years have passed.
I strive to maintain an atmosphere where students who want to learn may do so in an environment which encourages creativity and recognizes the importance of the individual. I work with my students at their skill level and encourage them to grow. I enjoy sharing with them the joy of achievement in the fine arts. Enthusiasm is contagious in my art room where students discover, learn, experience and succeed. I believe in motivating my students through teaching the fundamental skills and concepts used in creating visual art. My classes emphasize creativity as an integral part of the art process, regardless of the individuals level of experience.