English/Drama teacher at Silver High School, Silver City, NM
Along with being an English/drama teacher at a rural New Mexico high school, I am pursuing my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction - Language, Literacy, and Culture with my dissertation focused on the arts as a means to empower learning for all. Drama is a literacy, that through its experience, embraces and integrates the whole of the arts with core curriculum. Through theatrical performance students act the written word of both the modern and historical, build to mathematical specifications, use the scientific to produce special effects, and communicates the outcome in a way that affects the interpretations of a diverse audience. What a powerful educational tool!!!
I am here to network, discuss, and advocate for both students and educators so that the arts can find a place, once again, to be a part of a student's educational experience. Standardization and assesment mandates should not deprive students and teachers of the possibilities the arts provides.