College: Studio Arts Major
In college I majored in ceramic sculpture, creating a series of pit-fired abstract landscapes for my final senior project. Although I loved working with clay, it wouldn't pay the rent, so after moving to NYC, I expanded my job search to include anything art-related.
First Career: Cut & Paste Artist
My first job was as a cut and paste artist (yes, with a exacto knife and rubber cement) creating bank forms for Chase Manhattan Bank. Although this job did not last long, it introduced me to computers and allowed me to move on to designing computer systems using some of the first personal computers used in the business world. I decided to return to school further my knowledge and opportunities in technology.
Second Career: Software Designer
After getting my Masters degree in Management from MIT, I began working for Reuters helping to design their financial software for traders and portfolio managers. Four years later, I left to start my own software development company –
Willow Solutions – based in New Haven, CT. After 17 years with the company, I decided it was time to move on and I sold the company to my employees.
Third Career: Math Teacher
At this point, I had two young children and had been spending more and more time volunteering at their school. I loved working with the students and soon decided to become a teacher. Through the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC), I gained my certificate as a middle school math teacher. I spent most of my nine years in teaching at Worthington Hooker School, a small neighborhood public school in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven.
Fourth Career: Artist and Teaching Artist
It is now time to return to the art world. I have continued to work in clay, both on and off the wheel, but have expanded to other mediums, most noatbly, mosaics. I have also explored ways to integrate my interest in art with math and have developed a number of projects and approaches to bring my love of both art and math to my students. I now spend my days working in the two areas I love most: teaching math and creating art.