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As a teacher/artist, it’s my responsibility to teach students with dignity; supporting and encouraging, guiding them to the compelling resources that are right for each of them as individuals: the techniques, thoughts and artists upon which they can build as they work to establish their own authentic voices.

As a teacher, it’s crucial to provide a nurturing and positive environment that will accommodate each artist/student’s particular needs. Toward this end, I have always paid a lot of attention to relationship building, and, just as I have learned so much from my personal mentors and peers, I seek to create a similar support network for each student, as a trusted partner/supporter of their own artistic explorations.

Learning and growth and invention happen best in such an environment and it’s the job of the teacher to create that for each young student they’re privileged to work with.