Education and Certifications
Figure Drawing program, Vilppu Academy (winter and fall 2017, fall 2019)
Foundation and Design Program, Computer Graphics Master Academy (2016-17, fall 2017, fall 2018)
Advanced Techniques in Botanical Illustration, Cornell Univ. School of Integr. Plant Science (summer 2017)
Additional workshops with Gabi Campanario (2018), Charles Hu (2018), and Molly Hashimoto (2012)
Familiar with digital image editing and page design
Alaska Type A Teaching Certificate: endorsements in English and Language Arts/Interdisciplinary Humanities Gr. 7–12, Social Studies Gr. 5–12, and Spanish Gr. 7–12 (valid until May 2021)
Certified American Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder, Wilderness and Remote First Aid, and Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers/CPR/AED (February 2019)
Participant: Inian Islands Institute's Environmental Rhetoric Class (2016) & North Words Writers Symposium (2017)
66 credits beyond B.A. in writing, art, Spanish and instructional methods
Oregon Teaching Certificate, School of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (1987)
B.A. Summa cum laude, Anthropology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (1985)
ART INSTRUCTOR (Contractor), Gr. 2 –12, Hoonah City School District, Hoonah, AK (2017 to present)
Developed students' observational sketching skills using dry and wet media in both the classroom and the field. Emphasized drawing for the purpose of learning deeply about subject matter. Incorporated math concepts into art instruction. Collaborated with creative writing teacher to produce relevant multi-media illustrations and pen and ink drawings for a local plant guide. Designed and implemented a "sketching to learn" approach for 4th/5th grade science students focusing on local birds and botany, partnering with the First Bloom program at Glacier Bay National Park. In grades 2,3, and 4, developed students' basic pencil and pen control as well as their use of a variety of art elements and principles.
ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER, Gr. 7–12, Hoonah City School District, Hoonah, AK (1992–2016)
Also taught Alaska Studies, U.S. History, World Cultures, Government, Spanish, & Art. Collaborated extensively with Glacier Bay National Park to develop classroom and field-based projects fostering students' cultural connections to the landscape. Nominated for BP Teacher of the Year, January 2014.
OUTDOOR EDUCATOR and TRIP LEADER, Hoonah Indian Association Canoe Journey Co-Coordinator, Hoonah, AK (Summer 2016) and Hoonah City School District, Hoonah, AK (1996–2012)
JUNIOR HIGH TEACHER, Chief Ivan Blunka School, New Stuyahok, AK (1991–1992)
U.S. PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER, Iloilo, Philippines (1987–1990)
Illustrations & Commissions
Motif designs for miniature canoe paddles for local businesses, Hoonah Indian Association, June 2020
Cover image for annual Journey to Homeland publication, Hoonah City School District, Fall 2019.
Co-author on Journey to Homeland curriculum, a collaboration between Hoonah City School District and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to teach local cultural history in a rigorous academic format for Language Arts and/or Alaska Studies courses. Draft completed Fall 2018, publication pending.
“Heidi Gets Her Gun.” Alaska Public Radio Network. Aired June 11, 12, 2005.
“Songs of the Ice.” Patagonia catalog. (Summer 2005): p. 46.
“Searching for the Grass River.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. 12.1 (Winter 2005): p. 159–166.
“Sweet Stikine.” Canoe & Kayak. 32.4 (August 2004): p. 14.
“Trip Back in Time.” Canoe & Kayak. 30.4 (August 2002): p. 11.
“The Cemetery.” Orion: People and Nature. 18.3 (Summer 1999): p. 8–10.
Listed under “Notable Spiritual Writing” in Best Spiritual Writing of 1999 (Harper SanFrancisco).
Poetry published in Arnazella (1999), Spindrift (1998), Explorations (1997).