2008-2011 MFA Illinois State University Normal, IL
Graduate Assistant: Ceramics I Fall 2008, Spring 2009, & Spring 2010
3-D Fundamentals Fall 2009
Clay Mixing, Glaze Lab, 3D Lab, and Studio Maintenance 2008-2011

2002-2008 BFA Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Double Major: Ceramics & Art Education
Minor: Art history

1997-2001 AAS Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
Studio Arts


2016 Summer Adjunct Instructor
Kankakee Community College
 Art Appreciation with Lab

2012- Present Ceramics Instructor
Illinois Community College
Ceramics I, Ceramics II,Practicum,and Art Appreciation
Instructing, demonstration, clay and glaze preparation, firings, inventorying, ordering, organizing, cleaning, curriculum building, Ceramic Visiting Artist Program, and planning

2014-2015 Spring Adjunct Instructor
University Illinois Springfield
Ceramics I & Art Appreciation

2011-Present Substitute Teacher
Minonk, and El Paso/Gridley K-12

2012 Long-Term Substitute
Normal Community High School/Towanda Elementary K-5
Ceramics/Sculpture II (2 Sections), Ceramic/Sculpture I, &
Painting/Drawing II

2008-2011 Graduate Assistant
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
• Teaching Assistant Ceramics I (4 Semesters) and 3-D Fundamentals (1 Semester): help with equipment, teaching of techniques, leading projects, participation in critiques, and loading and unloading kilns
• Instructor of Record Ceramics I (1 Semester): Grading, classroom management, project slide shows, in class demonstrations, scheduling of projects, quiz making, facilitating of critiques, loading and unloading kilns
• Mixing clay shop bodies, equipment maintenance, cleaning, ordering and receiving clay orders, studio cleanliness, mixing glazes, and firing kilns

2008 Teaching Assistant
Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville, IL
• Taught lessons, worked with individuals and groups, tutored students, and administered tests
• Attendance, classroom management, grading, entering scores in the grade book and on Grade Quick, managed Edline, responsible for lesson materials, and helped with various tasks for student council

2007 Student Teaching
K-8 Unity Point School Carbondale, IL
• Worked to develop and teach innovative lessons to engage and introduce students to different forms of art and artists
• Planned, taught, assisted, and observed interdisciplinary lessons
• Observed and enforced classroom management plans

2003-2006 Clinical Experience (150 Hours)
Unity Point School, Carbondale, IL
Marion High School, Marion, IL
Morris High School, Morris, IL
Carbondale High School, Carbondale, IL

2003-2004 Young Artist Program
Elementary & Secondary
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL


2013 Illinois Central College (Rakú & Horsehair Firing Demonstration)
2012 Illinois Central College (Demonstration)
2011 Iowa Southeastern Community College (Artist Talk and Demonstrations)
2011 Fieldcrest High School (Artist Talk and Demonstrations)
2008 Morris Community High School: SPC Workshop (Mold Making)
2007 Lawrenceville Community High School (Mold Making)
2006 Marion High School (Mold Making)
2006 Marion High School (Rakú Firing and Mold Making Demonstration)


2012 Honorable Mention: Water Street Studios 3rd annual Exhibition
2012 Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center
2011 Honorable Mention: Water Street Studios 2nd Anniversary Exhibition
2011 Exceptional Merit of Fine Arts: Illinois State University
2011 Ceramic Area Award: University Galleries 2011 Student Annual
2011 Honorable Mention: Water Street Studios Winter Exhibition
2010 Best of Show: Water Street Studios Anniversary Show
2009 Best in Ceramics: Student Annual
2009 Merwin Medal: McLean County 82nd Annual Amateur Show
2000 Purchase Award: Joliet Junior College


2008-2011 S.I.L.I.C.A. Student Organization (Executive Board Member)
2009 Visiting Artist Committee
2008 Faculty Search Committee
2008-2009 Ceramic Professor Search Committee
2005-2008 S.I.U.C. Clay Works (Graphic Designer & Sale Organizer)

Permanent Collections:

Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
Southeastern Community College Burlington, IA
Illinois State University Normal, IL
Barry Blinderman Bloomington, IL
Bill Conger East Peoria, IL
McFrontalot Godfather of Nerdcore Rap
Kendra Paitz Bloomington, IL
John and Linda Ritter Normal, IL