An educator for 15 years, I have taught in a variety of public and private environments including international schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and public schools. I love getting to know my students, and helping them blossom as writers - no matter what their age may be! I guess that's why I won "Teacher of the Year" and "Teacher of the Week" more than once.
Freehand Arts Project
The Freehand Arts Project is a non-profit organization that offers creative writing and arts classes in Texas jails and prisons. Volunteers offer classes to men and women in both minimum and maximum security. The organization also provides opportunities to share the work of our incarcerated students in print anthologies, online publications, art galleries and public readings.
I founded The Freehand Arts Project in 2014, after teaching poetry at the Travis County Correctional Facility outside of Austin, Texas. After five years of teaching, and winning the 2017 Travis County Volunteer of the Year Award, The Freehand Arts Project is now run by Murphy Anne Carter, one of the groups' first teachers. I continue to serve on the board in an advisory role.