Philosophy of Teaching

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
-William Arthur Ward

I believe great educators inspire. This is especially critical in the visual arts, where so much emphasis is placed upon the technical aspects of the craft. I strive to create an environment that encourages students to seek areas that excite them on a personal level. I accomplish this by maintaing an open dialog while cultivating their own natural curiosities. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction then to inspire my students.

I believe it is paramount to be constantly learning in order to be an effective educator. This is why I attend every academic conference available to me, including those offered by the College Art Association and the Society for Photographic Education. Teaching is a noble profession and something I take very seriously. I was a non-traditional student for many years. I believe technology and e-learning are critical components to education today. I am a proponent of online education and I understand the unique needs of the online student.

Ultimately my philosophy of teaching is student-centered. My focus is always on the student and the students experience. I take a personal interest in each individual student and want them to be successful in and out of the classroom. I want to have a positive impact on my students lives and leave them with an enriching experience. This can only be achieved through communication and feedback. I firmly believe in an open dialog between student and teacher. Student feedback is something I welcome and encourage. I believe that the needs of the students as individuals comes above all else.