Visual Arts Educator

Resume posted by Saratg in Education.

Desired position type: Any
Location: Sunderland Massachusetts, United States


Mission driven teacher with a passion for academic excellence and enabling students to achieve their greatest potential across multiple art genres/ mediums. Demonstrated success engaging students in the creative process, while deepening their knowledge and understanding of art, design and art history. Career track record of incorporating the latest in art instructional techniques and developing art application strategies that encourage self-expression and development of personal techniques.


Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Master of Education (MEd), Teaching Visual Art


Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Comparative Religion and Visual Arts   


State of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE)

Professional Status for Teacher of Visual Art PreK-8th Grade


Northampton Senior Center, October 2022 to present, Liquid Watercolor Instructor                                               

Hadley Senior Center, October 2022 to present, Liquid Watercolor Instructor

Mill District Gallery, 2022-2023, Visual Arts Workshop Instructor

Madhouse Multi-Arts Studios, November 2022, Liquid Watercolor Instructor

Sunderland Public Library, 2023, Visual Arts Instructor

Northampton Center for the Arts, February 2023, Visual Arts Instructor

Greenfield Senior Center, March 2023, Visual Arts Instructor


Holy Name Parish School, West Roxbury, MA                                                                                                                      Apr 2013 – 2021

Art Teacher K-6

Oversee classroom operations and design teaching strategies that provide engaging content, enrich student academics and comply with the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework Standards as well as district academic curriculum goals.


  • Leverage passion for art to encourage 400+ students to think creatively, engage ideas and reach potential; identify, select and modify classroom resources that meet the diverse needs of students with varying backgrounds and learning styles
  • Institute positive classroom management strategies to foster a safe and productive learning environment
  • Develop effective and productive relationships with students, parents and other faculty members; deliver open communication on educational activities, policies, student progress and behavior
  • Regularly exhibit and change artwork throughout the school community including curating student pieces for the school art show and exhibiting 2D and 3D artwork for every student
  • Create art that contributes to the school’s fundraising efforts i.e. Square One Art
  • Organize and judge a school-wide Christmas card contest depicting the Nativity
  • Maintain an update teacher web page by utilizing PlusPortals, as well as posting updates to the school’s website monthly
  • Incorporate elements of sculpture, printmaking and digital media in the Visual Arts Curriculum


F.A. Day Middle School, Newton, MA                                                                                                                                    Oct 2012 – Apr 2013

Substitute Teacher

 Provided an atmosphere where students had the opportunity to fulfill their potential for artistic and intellectual growth.


  • Created a positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment that excited students; structured learning activities that advanced student development in art and addressed their creative, intellectual and learning needs
  • Developed and implemented art lesson plans and classroom activities aligned with the school’s instructional guidelines
  • Maintained positive rapport with students, demonstrated patience and appropriate nurturing to assist in student growth
  • Promoted a culture of continuous improvement with improving practice, instruction and art program development


Saugus Elementary Schools, Saugus, MA                                                                                                                          Sep 2009 – Jun 2011

Art Teacher

Delivered instruction to 600+ students in grades K-5 in their designated classrooms


  • Established and adjusted instructional goals and objectives, to reflect district/school goals and curriculum policies
  • Promoted the use of emerging technologies to create an interactive classroom environment and enhance student learning (e.g. utilized SMART boards for self-designed Power Point presentations)
  • Ordered supplies that both met the needs of the lessons as well as fit the school’s mandated budget
  • Documented student work via digital camera for the purpose of posting said work onto the school’s website
  • Collaborated with the Saugus’s Parent Association to create art that contributes to the school’s fundraising efforts
  • Consistently displayed all student artwork throughout the halls of three schools throughout the entire school year
  • Labeled and presented multiple pieces of artwork for each individual student for the purpose of an annual art exhibition event as well as entered student artwork into state competitions and receiving an award for a high number of entries


Center Elementary School, Hopkinton, MA                                                                                                                      Sep 2008 – Jun 2009

Visual Arts Instructor

Delivered visual arts instruction including practical skills, methods, theories and techniques to 250+ first grade students.


  • Planned and conducted activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and practice; encouraged participation, collaboration, confidence, self-expression and creativity
  • Reviewed instructional content, methods, and student performance to develop recommendations for curriculum revision, development and/or elimination
  • Utilized a SMART board for presentations, imagery, student use as well as written instructions/educational programs
  • Assisted the Visual Arts Department in creating a Visual Arts curriculum for the first grade in the town of Hopkinton
  • Contributed to the monthly newsletter by creating a detailed art project descriptions for the Center School’s website
  • Collaborated with the librarian on a Massachusetts School Library Association art contest to promote the value of literacy
  • Partnered with the Hopkinton’s Parent Association to create art that contributes to the school’s fundraising efforts


Lesley University, Cambridge, MA                                                                                                                                                              2006 – 2009

Writing Skills Tutor for the Center of Academic Achievement

Worked at the Center for Academic Achievement that encourages students to take advantage of academic support services.


  • Tutored graduate students and undergraduate students with and without learning differences, English language learners and adult learners in analytical and historical essay writing and organization
  • Taught scribing, reading, constructing outlines and organizing written content as well as grammar, punctuation and proper citation


Additional Roles

Graham and Parks Alternative Public School in Cambridge: Student Teacher

Creative Arts Center in Reading: Drawing & Painting Instructor

Sylvan Tutoring Center in Brookline: K-10 Tutor

SCORE! In Wellesley  K-10 Tutor

JFK Middle School: Special Education Paraprofessional

City on a Hill Charter School: Special Education Paraprofessional