One of my proudest moments: an award for Excellence in Teaching from RISD-CE.
I love to teach. I got a degree in elementary education from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, and taught fourth and fifth grades in Smyrna, Delaware for a year before I went to Rhode Island School of Design for a degree in illustration.
While I worked as a freelance illustrator, I did many school residencies in Rhode Island through the Rhode Island Council for the Arts.
RISD-CE Summer Studies students, Children's Book Illustration
I continued to freelance when I began teaching
Children's Book Illustration
for continuing education at Rhode Island School of Design. I've been teaching a summer class there for 18 years.
For information about taking the summer class, which is for college credit, go to:
RISD-CE Children's Book certificate graduates, 2012
More recently, I've worked as the adviser for the
Children's Book Illustration certificate program at RISD-CE.
I also teach CBI 2 and The Book Dummy. The students are adults, highly motivated, and a joy to work with.
Here is a link to the blog that students, both current and graduates, contribute to:
For more information about the certificate program at RISD, check out:
I also give presentations at schools, libraries and conferences.
Here is a link to my post on the Mock Caldecott event for RI librarians.
For information about having me present at your school, library or conference, check out: