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I grew up in the small town of Durant, Oklahoma and went to college at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.  While at UNT, I received two bachelor's degrees: one in Radio, TV & Film Studies and one in History.  After moving to Bellingham in 2006, I attended Western Washington University in order to get my teaching certification.  I taught History and technology classes at high schools in Bellingham from spring 2010 to June 2012.  In the fall of 2012, I was happy to find what I consider to be a dream job here at MMS teaching digital art classes.  I enjoy the thrill of teaching classes that always change with the latest techniques and technology.

Aside from education, I have over 10 years of experience in graphic design, photography and the digital printing industry.  Living in Mount Vernon with my family, I enjoy cooking; looking for new music to listen to; listening to news podcasts and reading technology and design blogs.

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Rundown: Week Ending 11/1/13

1st Period Graphic Design

Leading up to Dia de los Muertos on November 1, 1st, 2nd and 6th periods worked on creating traditional sugar skull designs.  First, they searched online for images of calaveras, taking note of recurring design language (i.e., flowers over eyes; floral motifs; upside heart-shaped nose, etc.).  Next, student's used the template like the one found HERE to create their design in Photoshop.

2nd Period Graphic Design


Like 1st period, 2nd period Graphic Design have been working on sugar skull designs (see 1st period description above). On November 1st, period 2 helped hang this display:

4th Period Graphic Design

Following a discussion of the appearance in our school last year of several racist Halloween costumes, this class, using THIS set of guidelines, created awareness posters based on a similar campaign begun at Ohio University.  The results were incredible!  

Design in image by Raelynn

5th Period Animation Lab

Students have been racing toward the due date of Wednesday 11/6 to have complete their zoetrope drum, test zoetrope strip and final strip.  Many students are almost finished.  Additionally, with the end of the quarter approaching, many students have missing assignments that still need to be turned in.  Some students have the following missing:

  • Squash and stretch sequence grid worksheet
  • Flip book(s)
  • Animation history questions
  • Zoetrope question worksheets
  • Forging the Frame - pt. 1 video worksheets
  • Zoetrope test animation/flipbook

Students still needing to complete the Forging the Frame - pt. 1 video worksheets can visit the film at http://bit.ly/animationhistory.

6th Period Graphic Design

In addition to working on their own sugar skull designs (see above), this group has been working to finish up several assignments and get them turned in before the end of the quarter on 11/6.