I graduated from UW-L in Dec 2002 with a BS in Art and a minor in Photography.

Since I graduating, I had been doing odd jobs to supplement my income while establishing myself as a visual artist, including work as a substitute teacher and teacher assistant in local schools. During the summers, I work for the Julia Belle Swain Steamboat, and managing the gift shop where I exhibit and sell my paintings and photographs of the Julia Belle Swain and the surrounding area. Additionally, I have been active in the local arts organizations, and teach art classes and workshops throughout the state.

After three years of exploring different avenues in the arts, it became apparent that my most enjoyable experiences came when I was creating and teaching art.  In order to be an effective educator of the arts, getting a masters degree in art education was needed.  With the support of my family, and after researching several degree programs, UW-L was an easy choice.  I grew up in La Crosse, UW-L is where both my husband and I have our undergraduate degrees, and my youngest son is currently a junior at UW-L.

I chose the ME-PD program because of the flexibility. I was able to create a program that met my needs without having to commute over two hours for an advanced degree in Art Education.  My area of study is Art Education for adult learners, and  my future plans include writing how-to books on painting techniques, teaching adult workshops, employment as a college or technical college art instructor, and pursuing a doctoral degree in Art Education.    

 Everyone at the ME-PD Program has been very supportive and have gone out of their way to make the development of my program a success. My faculty advisor met with me at my convenience, made recommendations for coursework, and put me in touch with the right people. 

I have recommended this program to people who are looking to gain more experience and expertise in education-related fields, and will continue to do so!