Taylor Garman

Visual Arts Educator

Education
Work Experience

Masters of Arts in Art Education

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

May 2018

Master’s Thesis: “The Perceptions of the Artist Teacher: Opportunities and Challenges” facilitated by Ami Kantawala.

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Boston, Massachusetts

May 2013

Foundation Award for high achievement in the Art Education Major

Certifications

CONNECTICUT STATE DOE

PROVISIONAL EDUCATOR

•ARTS: PreK-12

April 2021- March 2029

 

MASSACHUSETTS STATE DOE

•VISUAL ARTS: 5-12

June 2013- Present

 

FLORIDA STATE DOE

PROFESSIONAL

•ARTS: K-12

June 2018- June 2023

•GENERAL SCIENCE: 5-9

April 2019- June 2023

Artistic Skills
  • Photography: Film & Digital

  • Darkroom: Black & White and Color

  • Painting: Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil

  • Drawing: All Mediums

  • Weaving: 2D & 3D

  • Cold Glass

  • Stained Glass

  • Jewelry & Small Metals

  • Woodworking

  • Wood Carving

  • Bookbinding

  • Fabrics: Dying,  Sewing, Weaving

  • Sculpture: Clay, Wire and  more

HIGH SCHOOL DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY TEACHER

Framingham High School • September 2020 - June 2021

Framingham, Massachusetts

  • Long term substitute digital photography teacher for the full school year in the technology department. 

  • Taught high schools students grades 9-12 in digital photography I & II through zoom.

  • Created and implemented a full curriculum online that allowed students to explore the digital photography and editing world using the online programs Pixlr & Canvas. Students used their phones as their camera option.

  • Students gained knowledge in digital manipulation, photography composition, and digital literacy as well as ways to express themselves through the digital photography medium. Allowing them to apply it to their lives outside of the classroom.

  • Collaborated with my department to create the curriculum and enhance students experience during  remote learning.

MIDDLE SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS TEACHER

David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center    June 2019 - June 2020 

Miami, Florida

  • Transitioned into the middle school visual arts teacher position during my second year at David Lawrence. 

  • Taught middle school art classes for grades 6th-8th in the 3D and digital arts.

  • Created and implemented curriculum focused on the elements and principles of art and design, while helping student figure out their own voices and self-expression. 

  • Participated in a variety of student contests and award shows.

  • Continued the curriculum successfully when we transitioned into distance learning in March 2020 through at home projects accompanied by zoom meetings, critiques and messaging.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER

David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center  November 2018 - June 2019

Miami, Florida 

  • Hired as a competent and adaptable teacher to take over a middle school science teacher position after passing general science education state test.

  • Taught grades 6th and 7th general science and gifted classes.

  • Adapted pacing guides while enhancing curriculum through knowledge in the arts.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Source4Teacher   September 2017 - May 2018  

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

  • On-call substitute teacher for multiple districts in my region.

  • Implemented lessons and daily activities for grades 5-12.

  • Created on the spot activities.

  • Gained significant experience working with autistic students as a paraprofessional and instructor.

HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS TEACHER

Framingham High School • August 2013 - June 2016   Framingham, Massachusetts

  • Full time high school visual arts teacher for grades 9th - 12th.

  • Instructed photography class levels 1, 2, & 3. Darkroom and Digital Photography.

  • Guided students through the technical aspects of photography while helping develop their own self expression.

  • Facilitated students in publishing their own photography fine arts books.

  • Instructed Contemporary Crafts level 1. Created the curriculum to teach about traditional crafting techniques so students could use these skills in an expressive and contemporary way. 

  • Collaborated, developed and implemented a new Arts Foundation course.

  • Participated in field trips, awards, and scholastics.

STUDENT TEACHING

Watertown High School • January 2013 - May 2013  

Watertown, Massachusetts

  • Developed creative and effective lessons fin Digital media Photography I and II, Visual Arts II and Design.

  • Photography students developed their skills in analog photography utilizing darkroom and developing techniques as well as editing their own digital photographs in Adobe Photoshop CSS.

  • Visua Art II students utilized graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and other materials to create personally expressive projects.

  • Design students acquired skills with Adobe Illustrator through a variety of projects that discussed typography, composition and design. 

  • Assisted with exhibition of student artwork at the Watertown Arsenal Mall.

Skills & Strengths
  • Creative thinker, problem solver and maker.

  • Strong written and communication skills.

  • Collaborative with colleagues.

  • Outgoing, dynamic, and expressive.

  • Administrative qualities.

  • Flexible and adaptive.

  • Organized and detail oriented.

  • Enthusiastic about success and interest in the arts.

Programs

Graphic

Adobe CC •  Pixelmator

Pixlr • IPhoto • Inkscape

Procreate

Video

FinalCutPro • IMovie

Web

Wix • Wordpress

Canvas • Edmodo • ClassDojo

Zoom • GoogleDrive

OneDrive

Office

Microsoft: TEAMS  • Word

Excel • Powerpoint

OpenOffice • Apple Pages