If I had to pick only a few things that describe me as a teacher, I would say that I create real world experiences for students.
If I had to pick only a few things that describe me as a teacher, I would say that I create real world experiences for students by collaborating with local companies and organizations such as DAP, Dewalt, ZeroChoma, and Port Discovery to name a few. My lessons not only satisfy the academic, creative and learning objectives of the given course, but also prepare students for a career in design. I believe in expanding the definition of design in my teaching and my own work.
Although I practice design everyday, it is teaching students that gives me the most satisfaction. I engage students to think systematically as well as considers small details. I encourage students to see that at the center of the design process are always people who will use their designs. In my own work I use code and sewing machine, the latest digital tools and natural materials. I develop products with manufactures who are located overseas and work with local communities to use locally sourced materials and traditional techniques. By sharing my work experience in the classroom I hope to expand my students view of the world of design.
Spending time with students in the studio inspires me to jump outside my comfort zone and encourages students to become lifelong learners.
Director of education of Port Discovery Children Museum Nora Moynihan gives students suggestions during the concept testing visit to the museum.