Professional Development and University Contexts

2018 to Present

I have spent the last two summers in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) co-facilitating a research-based professional development program in drama-based instruction as part of an ongoing partnership with UT’s Drama for Schools program and the United States Embassy in Sarajevo. I oversaw a team of four mentor teachers as part of an effort to support the learning development of local educational leaders to continue to support and build networks for colleagues in drama-based instruction in BiH. Additional goals of the project included empowering educators to teach critical thinking skills, a vital task in any country, but particularly in BiH, where nationalist misinformation dominates the media and is also present in schools. Through arts-based instruction, we explored issues of marginalization, justice and equity in US society. Notably, this program brought together over 50 educators from a range of ethnic backgrounds.

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2018

In the Summer and Fall of 2018, I co-designed and co-facilitated one 5 day drama-based professional development institute and 3 drama-based learning labs for over a hundred Houston and Austin-based educators participating in the Creative Learning Initiative. Co-wrote grants to fund student learning initiatives in Austin Independent and Round Rock School Districts.

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2016 to 2019

Assistant Instructor, Introduction to Improvisational Drama

JAN 2019 - MAY 2019,  The University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Assistant, Performance as Collaborative Practice

JAN 2019 - MAY 2019, The University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Assistant, Curriculum Designs for Instruction                        

AUG 2018 - DEC 2018, The University of Texas at Austin

Museum Docent Arts-Based Trainer

NOV 2017,  Harry Ransom Center Austin, Texas

Teaching Assistant, Secondary Teaching Methods

JAN 2017 - MAY 2017, The University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Assistant, Voices Against Violence

AUG 2016 - MAY 2018, The University of Texas at Austin