Before she found her passion in education, she thought she wanted to be an artist.
As it has turned out, her art has become an integral part of her work as an educational leader and a skill set she uses every day. Most classrooms in the Ferndale School District have one or more posters on the wall that she created. At the conclusion of her first year as superintendent in Ferndale, she illustrated a 25-foot-long chronicle of the district’s work over the past 12 months to assist the administrative team in their debriefing process. She has developed a special brand of note taking that has become her hallmark, and she has turned her note taking style into a workshop for district students called Artful Learning: Making Meaning through Doodles, Drawings, Designs, Scribbles, Sketches, and Storyboards. She has also done Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation at large and small meetings. In 2006, she attended a three-day workshop with David Sibbit, President and Founder of The Grove Consultants International, a group that specializes in using graphics for leadership development, strategic visioning, organizational change, and futures study. (Included here is a picture of a recent graphic recording done at a meeting of 100+ social studies teachers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Visitor Center in Seattle on February 7, 2015.)