It is my teaching philosophy to continuously modify, improve and personalize ways to connect with and motivate students. It is critical to understand students from the student level and be aware of what the students are experiencing and how they are processing information. The exchange between teacher and student should make connections between how the student learns and the knowledge to be shared.
Education in the classroom should be a reciprocal process. As a teacher, I understand that students have something to contribute, bringing new ideas or raising questions that may not have been considered. Because students learn in different ways and at different speeds, I must be flexible and versatile insuring inclusion of all students in the learning process while structuring the material in a clear and motivational manner.
I must have a thorough and contemporary understanding of my field and issues that influence learning. It is my responsibility to remain current, engaged in research and/or fieldwork while participating in workshops and conferences. In today’s digital age, it is critical that I have a comprehensive awareness of the latest trends, techniques and technologies while emphasizing the development of traditional craft skills and methods. Technology is essential for art and design execution, however it must be utilized as a tool or platform—not a solution.
Research and writing skills are two of the most important competencies that a student can develop. Studies such as fundamental design, drawing, literature, painting, and art history are at the core of conditioning students to engage in creative, critical thinking. Together, they allow students to intelligently develop and communicate their ideas.
I also believe that the educational path for a studio artist, business leader and designer should be integrated. It is vital to remove the walls between departments and celebrate collaboration among students and faculty. Skills associated with design can improve the artist while the skills of business major will strengthen the designer’s solutions.
In summary, it is my responsibility as a teacher and education leader to thoroughly prepare and impassion students in their future career. My passion for learning and teaching motivates me to challenge myself and continuously evolve. The rewards are plentiful when measured by the success of one's students.