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2012  |  MASTER OF FINE ARTS
STUDIO ARTS
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

2007  |  BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS
STUDIO ARTS
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016-2017 | REEL VOICES INSTRUCTOR
PACIFIC ARTS MOVEMENT - SAN DIEGO, CA

REEL VOICES

A youth media program that trains high school students in the art of documentary storytelling and film making.  Curriculum is designed to enhance students critical film analysis, story development techniques, and exercise and encourage discovery, teamwork and self-expression.  Students gain valuable technical skills and learn to create their own digital short films.

REEL VOICES AT MONARCH

Integrate the RV curriculum with the mission of Monarch School, to educate students impacted by homelessness and to help them develop hope for the future with the necessary skills and experiences for personal success.

2014-2016 | TEACHING ARTIST
THE AJA PROJECT - SAN DIEGO, CA

MOMENTUM LEARNING

In partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, provide photography curriculum to incarcerated youth, pregnant minors, foster youth, expelled teens, chronically truant youth, students in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children.

JOURNEY

In partnership with YMCA, provide after-school programming that utilized participatory photography methods to address the behavioral health, linguistic ability and social capacity of middle and hight school refugee youth.

FULL STEAM AHEAD

In partnership with the Barrio Logan College Institute, builds on the national movement to integrate art into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.  Using photography as a platform to explore and learn about the principles through historical and contemporary heads on activities.

2011 - 2016 | ASSOCIATE FACULTY
MIRACOSTA COLLEGE - OCEANSIDE, CA

BEGINNING DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
An in-depth study of 35mmSLR camera operation, film and darkroom techniques.  Demonstrations include film and paper processing, lighting techniques and final presentation.  Writing assignments are designed to engage students in contemporary and historical topics in photography. 

ADVANCED DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
Introduction to historical and contemporary photographic processes, with a strong emphasis on creativity and self-expression.  In addition to 35mm format, students are introduced to medium and large format cameras.  Assignments encourage the exploration different types of film, papers, printing methods and materials.  Students are encouraged to use final portfolios for opportunities like contests or exhibitions.

2015  |  ADJUNCT FACULTY
PALOMAR COLLEGE - SAN MARCOS, CA

INTERMEDIATE DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
Continue the study of art and techniques associated with black and white photography.  Problems relating to small and medium format camera systems and optics will be identified and compared.  Further refinement in darkroom procedures and aesthetics are explored.

2014  |  ADJUNCT FACULTY
GROSSMONT COLLEGE - SAN DIEGO, CA

PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC VISION
A brand new course designed to bridge the gap between analog and digital photographic technologies.  Students learn basic film and darkroom techniques parallel to lessons in digital photography and editing.  Strong emphasis in final presentation and photography as fine art.  

2012-2013  | ADJUNCT FACULTY
SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE - CHULA VISTA, CA

BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Introduction to basic DSLR camera operation and shooting camera RAW.  Course included fundamentals of the digital darkroom, editing software and printing.  Demonstrations on how to scan, edit, print large format and self-publish.  Assignments encourage students to explore different solutions to digital image display.

BEGINNING & ADVANCED DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
Introduction to the darkroom environment, students with digital experience learn to apply their existing skills to the film medium.  Course included instruction in darkroom operation, various camera formats, traditional and experimental processing techniques and methods for display.

2012-2013 | ADJUNCT FACULTY
PALOMAR COLLEGE - SAN MARCOS, CA

TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
Basic instruction on the principles and elements of design.  Lectures and demonstrations encourage students to explore design as a form of communication.  Projects include drawing, painting, collage, photography and print making which encourage the exploration of materials and their possible meanings.

DIGITAL CONCEPTS & TECHNIQUES IN ART
Course included an in-depth study of the computer and its capacity to be used as an art-tool. Demonstrations included photo editing, digital and vector design, basic video & audio editing and several processes that bridge traditional and contemporary art practices.  Strong emphasis on creative problem solving.

2009-2010  |  ADJUNCT FACULTY
POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY - SAN DIEGO, CA

BEGINNING DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
Instructions include traditional black-and-white photography, theory, history and applied laboratory experience.  Emphasis on photography as a fine art expression through innovative techniques.  

ADVANCED DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
Curriculum included medium and large format operation and printing.  Applied historical and contemporary techniques and processing.  Projects were designed to encourage students to explore the potential of the photo medium.  Students were also encouraged to use photography in combination with other studio art practices.

2008-2011 |  GRADUATE TEACHING
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN DIEGO, CA

BEGINNING DRAWING
Basic instruction for formal drawing and composition.  Lecture, demonstrations and assignments are designed to help students discover the usefulness of drawing.  Assignments designed to strengthen observation and hand-to-eye coordination.  Strong emphasis on the exploration of materials and their capabilities.  

TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
Basic instruction on the principles and elements of design.  Lectures, demonstrations and assignments are designed to encourage students to explore various materials. Projects include drawing, graphic design (Adobe Illustrator), digital photography, painting, printmaking and screen printing.


COMMUNITY SERVICE & NON-PROFIT

2015-2016 |  FOUNDER
BRIDGE, SAN DIEGO, CA

The mission of BRIDGE is to provide workshops and events to support community involvement and awareness of photography.  The goal is to build mobile learning spaces to make art opportunities to the public.  Demonstration locations include Museum of Photographic Arts, Oceanside Museum of Arts and various CA campsites. Various workshops offered to meet the growing need of students and local organizations.

2013-2016 |  PROGRAMMER
SD ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL, SAN DIEGO, CA 

Responsible for scheduling content and making educational choices to screen international films for the annual festival. Worked directly with Executive Director and Artistic Director to brainstorm programming ideas and promotional materials.  Work frequently with community members to promote a multi-cultural and diverse awareness through motion-picture film.  Promote film screenings at local events in support of PacArts.

2008-2016 |  PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUCTOR
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS, SAN DIEGO, CA 

Instructor for Summer Camp Programs, with the primary goal to leave behind a basis of knowledge, comfort and advocacy for the arts and the possibility of its further exploration through a broad range of subjects.  Included curricula creation, leading demonstrations, creating and assisting programs from the community and working one-on-one with the Director of Education.

2012-2011 |  DIGITAL MEDIA INSTRUCTOR
MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO, SAN DIEGO, CA 

Designed and marketed a digital photography course for DSLR camera use.  The workshop included instruction in manual camera operation and a variety of composition and lighting technique.  Students were encouraged to critically discuss their photographs and professional or personal goals.  The class was offered to a variety of ages, from grade school to adult.  Workshop materials are adjusted to meet the changing needs of the community.

2011 |  LEAD EDUCATOR
ELEMENTARY INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA 

Developed a science-based photography curricula focusing on the properties of light and historical development of the photographic medium.  EIS is a summer program that works with students 7-13 years of age, of diverse cultural backgrounds from all over San Diego County.  Children of all ages receive hands on darkroom experience.


MEDIA TECHNICIAN

2012-2016 |  INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATE
MIRACOSTA COLLEGE, OCEANSIDE, CA

OFFICE + CLERICAL WORK

  • Place purchase orders, budget/monitor departmental expenses.
  • Supervise and train new or continuing Lab Assistants.
  • Assist with the hiring of temporary staff.
  • Communicate with facilities for building maintenance. 
  • Communicate directly with department Dean and Chair.
  • Regular communication with photography instructors (digital/film).
  • Prepare and maintain staff records and files.
  • Mentor and supervise a group of Student Teaching Assistants.
  • Mentor and supervise a group of Student Interns.
  • Design and coordinate Professional Development opportunities.
  • Write weekly emails to staff, reminders, darkroom updates, etc.
  • Attend school and department wide staff meetings.
  • Promote enrollment by marketing (social media, video, fliers).
  • Participate in Community Outreach Events (CLC).

DARKROOM

  • Assist in curriculum implementation with staff and students.
  • Preparing equipment and maintain all darkroom materials.
  • Assist students with multiple camera formats.
  • Create and catalog handouts and darkroom data.
  • Manage the issuing and checking in of analog equipment.
  • Checking and discussing the progress of student work.
  • Facilitate the completion of student projects.
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of equipment.
  • Maintain and perform minor repairs and adjustments to equipment.
  • Maintain a safe, clean and organized lab setting.
  • Lift and carry 50+ pounds, to catalog and store materials.
  • Promote a functional and creative darkroom environment.
  • Ensure safe and proper disposal of exhausted chemistry.

DIGITAL DARKROOM

  • Regularly maintain all digital work stations and computers.
  • Perform computer screen checks and calibration (iOne Software).
  • Maintenance of small and large format printers.
  • Provide staff and students with demonstrations on equipment use.
  • Provide training on a variety of scanning and digitizing equipment.
  • Provide workshops and training on a variety of lighting equipment.
  • Manage the issuing and checking in of digital equipment.
  • Work directly with Information Technology (IT) Staff.
  • Advanced working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Adobe Lightroom.
  • Instruct students on a variety of digital outputs.

2007-2011 | INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATE
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN DIEGO, CA

DARKROOM

  • Connect with all photography instructors.
  • Mix and maintain chemistry for black and white darkroom.
  • Handle the check-in and check-out of all media equipment.
  • Repair darkroom equipment, inquire about camera repairs.
  • Work with faculty on department budget and material inventory.
  • Critically analyze the work of students, provide technical advice.
  • Organize and clean classroom to maximize teaching space.
  • Maintained a course budget with minimal funding.

DIGITAL DARKROOM

  • Provide demonstrations on scanning and digitizing negatives.
  • Provide tours of Digital Lab to prospective students.
  • Help grow and develop a new and innovative digital program.
  • Research and help purchase new digital media equipment.