I've spent years as a youth media educator in systems that operate outside of the mainstream.
As a queer, non-traditional learner, I have always been a strong advocate for alternative education. I've developed and taught programs that deliver media arts opportunities to gang affected youth, kids of color, queer, transgender and non-binary youth, young girls, homeless kids and immigrant youth fighting against dislocation and gentrification.
I believe that the practice of teaching media arts should be fluid, flexible and open, and that the process of media creation is at its best when it centers the maker, not the instructor. I'm interested in supporting students in sharing their stories in ways that are empowering to them, and that consider and celebrate their unique experiences, origins and learning styles.