When I was a senior in high school I was unsure of where I wanted to go to college. I just knew that I wanted to study the arts. I heard of Winthrop from a family friend who was studying ceramics there at the time. I looked further into the programs offered and the art department in particular. I made my final decision to study at Winthrop based on the fact that it was the only college in the state of South Carolina with a nationally certified Visual and Performing Arts Program. I was impressed with the programs offered and with the professional quality of the work that I saw in the galleries. I was inspired to become a part of the creative atmosphere present within the department. As I continued my studies at Winthrop I decided to become an Art Education major. This was one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned so much from the variety of studio courses I took. The arts education classes were small, and the course work was exciting. The professors throughout the art department were attentive to our individual needs as learners.
After graduating from Winthrop in 2004 I spent four years working for Dorchester School District Two as an elementary art teacher. During my summers I had the opportunity to work as an arts educator at several summer camps. I taught at the Gateway Summer Arts Program developed by Dorchester School District Two. I was employed by the Gibbes Museum of Art, teaching at their summer camp as well as other private and community events. I also worked for the Children’s Museum of the Low Country as the Assistant Summer Camp Director. All of these positions were both rewarding and fun. This past year I illustrated my first children’s book, A Living Mascot, written by Rhonda Edwards, a fellow teacher and friend. In August of 2008 I moved to Philadelphia where I am currently working as a graduate student in pursuit of my master’s degree in Art Therapy. I am currently volunteering at a social skills camp for children and teens. The camp, which was developed by an art therapist who is part of the Drexel faculty, provides the campers with both art and music therapy. Later this year I will work as a student intern at 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University. There I will work with the staff to develop an art therapy program within the existing services provided to the community. I am excited about this future endeavor. I am thankful for my thorough undergraduate education and past teaching experiences that prepared me for graduate school and my present career path as becoming an art therapist.