Nora has been in the field of art education since 2013. She has worked with students with a wide variety of ages, abilities, and backgrounds, in both school and out-of-school settings. While she loves working with people of all ages, her “jam” is teaching middle school and high school aged youth, as well as educators. She holds a Massachusetts Visual Arts Teaching License for grades 5-12.
In her role as Creative Education Manager, Nora is responsible for managing all aspects of the organization's outreach education arts programming. All of the programming reflects Creative Reuse’s organizational mission (to inspire creativity, conservation, and community engagement through reuse) meanwhile supporting learning objectives of partnering organizations and classroom teachers.
Since taking on this role in 2013, Nora has worked with thousands of community members during hundreds of hands-on creative education programs. She has worked with school aged children from pre-K through college, and has facilitated professional development workshops with a variety of educators. During her time at Creative Reuse the organization was chosen as Friend to Art Education by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and recognized during the 2017 PAEA Conference in Pittsburgh.
Here are examples of the types of activities Nora had a major role in developing lessons for at Creative Reuse: mixed media art, fiber collages, sewing, jewelry making, bookmaking, dioramas, trophy sculptures, instruments, DIY screen printing, STEAM projects (such as marble runs, spy gadgets, Nerdy Derby cars, and a program where students would develop models of what they’d like to do with vacant urban spaces) and more!
Nora was a teaching assistant for Contemporary Craft’s Museum School Partnership at Woodland Hills Intermediate School in 2016 and 2017. She worked alongside master teachers Tina Brewer (quilted fiber arts), Gerry Florida (jewelry and recycled art), and Linda Van Gutchen (woodworker/woodturner) during their two week residencies with 7th and 8th grade art students.
Nora was also an occasional teaching artist for Contemporary Craft’s "Crafts and Drafts" series. She designed a class wherein participants would create unique contemporary jewelry using reclaimed laser cut wood scraps.
Nora completed, and absolutely loved, her student teaching practicum in the spring of 2013 at Revere High School in Revere, MA. Revere is a small working class city outside of Boston, with a large Hispanic and Latino community. She assisted with and taught lessons in ceramics and sculpture classes. Here is a link to the teaching portfolio she created following the completion of her student teaching experience.