Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up just outside of Calgary but had a family connection to Lethbridge. I spent my summers here with my grandparents when I was a child, and I have a soft spot for the easy pace of life Lethbridge has to offer. When I graduated high school I knew I wanted to become a teacher, and ULethbridge's Education program seemed like the perfect opportunity to return to my grandparents' home in a city I loved and take a program that would serve my interests. I didn't end up finishing the Education program, but I did meet inspiring mentors who encouraged me to take a different path to education and teaching the next generation of students.
How long have you been at ULethbridge and what do you do here?
I was hired in 2018 into the Faculty of Fine Arts drama department where I teach in the Tech and Design program. I continue to be a practicing designer for theatre, specializing in costume design, designing on campus and in the community. I primarily teach costume-focused courses in the program, as well as courses in mask making, stage makeup, scenic paint and alternative materials.
What's the best part of your job?
Every production I work in is a new experience, with new and exciting goals and collaborative relationships to explore. I love being able to work in a team atmosphere and offer students the opportunity to work alongside me to challenge and explore their artistic skills and interests. Teaching design at my alma matter is such a special opportunity to contribute to this community and support its continued growth.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love plants! In the summers I garden, and I spend the fall pickling my veg and making fruit jams. My indoor plants keep me busy during the winter months, and my daughter and I are always game for a living room dance party any time of year.