Utah Secondary Teaching License (Visual Arts K-12) Stephanie first acquired an associate’s degree in business management from Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, VA. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in fine arts education and received her teacher’s certification from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Although Stephanie worked full-time while in school, she graduated Cum Laude from both institutions.
During her student teaching at Phoenix Preparatory Academy she had the opportunity to work with junior high aged students teaching artistic skill sets such as ceramic mask-making. The students at this school were largely inner city youth and more often than not, faced the perils of gangs, poverty, and language barriers. It was at this school that Stephanie refined her abilities to communicate visually and build a framework to teach students of varying abilities.
Following graduation, Stephanie taught art for first through eighth-grade students in a Peoria, Arizona elementary school where she was the only fine arts teacher. Since there was such a great diversity in age and ability, she had to very creatively write and carry out a variety of visual arts lesson plans. During her three years at this school, she was able to accumulate the works of art created by her students for school and district art shows. In addition to her duties as an art teacher, she co-taught a drama class with the music teacher so that the junior high students could have another elective option.
Stephanie later went on to work as a real world studio artist in the art department for Trader Joe’s for seven years. During this time she created artwork for three different stores and managed their art departments, which was largely dedicated to in-store marketing of various products, holidays, and promotions. In this career, Stephanie enjoyed an incredible amount of artistic freedom and was able to infuse her own ideas and techniques. Her talents were able to be stretched in this time by creating everything from chalk art to sculptures using multiple forms of mediums.
Feeling the urge to return to her roots and the need to go back to the academic arena, Stephanie moved back to the state of Utah. Stephanie obtained her Utah teaching licensure with a visual arts K-12 endorsement. With credentials and diverse experience in hand, Stephanie jumped at the unique opportunity to work at New Haven and teach the young women at both the Spanish Fork and Saratoga Springs campuses the expressive world of fine arts.