Making art and teaching art has been a constant thread throughout my life. I have learned more about art and myself as an artist through teaching than any other pursuit or practice. Studying and creating art helps us to see deeper into the details of nature, everyday objects and the world. Art connects us to memories and can bring a better understanding in math, science and humanities through visual learning practices. It is my great pleasure to teach art at the Kazoo School and I look forward to continuing to grow our wonderful programming.
A.A.S. Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Phi Theta Kappa BA Art Western Michigan University
I graduated from Hope College with a degree in Biology and more importantly, with a curiosity about and passion for understanding the natural world around me. I will never forget my first sight of the Galapagos tortoise, the marine iguana, and the many other endemic species I encountered during my study abroad program to the Galapagos Islands as a student. I came to see in a very clear way how we can impact the world through science and knew that my career path would be in environmental education and field biology. My journey as a science educator has taken me all over the country, teaching in many extraordinary places such as the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center in South Carolina, The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in Tennessee, the Catalina Island Marine Institute in California, the Massachusetts Audubon on Cape Cod, the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Minnesota, and Long Island Sound in Stamford, Connecticut. I’m very excited to now be a part of the Kazoo community and with a team of educators committed to the Kazoo mission. A native of Holland, I am thrilled to be back home in West Michigan after many years away. In my spare time, you will find me gardening, running, cooking, road tripping somewhere, paddling, and taking advantage of all of the amazing resources Michigan has to offer.