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Hi there! My name is Michelle. I am an artist and educator with a love for ice cream and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on repeat.  I currently teach at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, Illinois where I instruct the 3D, Digital Photography, and AP Studio Art & Design courses.  

In addition to my role as an educator, I am a member of Art ConnectEd's Throwdown Team [].  Each year, we host multiple virtual art throwdown events in a variety of mediums.  These throwdown events provide students across the state of Illinois with the opportunity to test their creativity and art making skills on the fly.

I graduated with my BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois.  I then went on to receive my MA in Art Education through Eastern Illinois University.  While my grassroots as an artist are in photography, I am innately a sculptor.  I love exploring form and texture through clay. 

As a teacher, I believe that every student has the potential to find their niche as an artist.  The visual arts provide students with the opportunity to explore ideas, challenge their creativity, and develop their own, unique artist voice.  


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