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Art Educator and Instructional Coach with 18 years of experience working with diverse teachers and learners to foster a safe environment for experimentation, reflection and risk-taking while cultivating passion for the arts.


Dec 2012May 2016
Regis University

Master of Arts in Fine Arts

Concentration in Ceramics

Aug 2004May 2005
Metro State University of Denver

K-12 Art Teaching License

Sep 1997Jun 2001
University of Denver

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media Arts Design

Secondary focus in Art History and Studio Art

Work History

Performing Institute of Minnesota High School

Visual Arts Teacher, Teacher Leader, School Board VP

  • Visual Arts Teacher: Designed and implemented innovative Ceramics and Sculpture curriculum to establish the new comprehensive 3D program at PiM arts High School. Worked collaboratively with Media Arts major teachers to create Visual/Media Hybrid Major. Courses taught include Ceramics 1+2, Sculpture 1, Painting 1+2, Advanced Placement 3D Design.
  • Instructional Design: Designed both Virtual and Virtual Hybrid curriculum for visual arts, including interactive gallery experiences, tiered demonstration with virtual and video immersive experiences, virtual community building and scaffolded  critique access points. 
  • PLC Leader: Visual and Performing Arts: Worked with Administration to ensure student-centered curricular choices, with an anti-racism lens. Led Visual and Media Arts Professional Learning Community with new initiatives, community partnerships, acted as a liaison  between administration and team. Facilitated weekly full group meetings and individual coaching when needed. 
  • Teacher Leader/Instructional Coach: Observed a case load of 8 teachers 4 times each per school year and utilized cognitive coaching to analyze and plan instructional cycles. Focused on individualized student success with a growth mindset. Gave thoughtful feedback in both pre and post observational planning meetings acting as a thought partner to encourage collaboration and risk-taking. 
  • Facilitator: Anti-Racism Professional Development focused on moving from status quo thinking to transformative thinking surrounding systemically racist structures in education. Facilitated small group discussions surrounding identification of problematic structures that exist in our school, breaking down the structures and rebuilding in a way that is transformative and innovative in design.
  • Sponsor: Visual Arts Leadership Council, Transgender Student Alliance
  • School Board Teacher Member and Vice President: Elected 2021 for 3 year term
  • School Board Development Committee Chair: Focused on building community partnerships in order to grow and expand our community of creatives. Worked to increase brand awareness and creative publicity opportunities with the goal of gaining student enrollment as well as becoming a recognizable entity in the charter high school community.
Aug 2017Current
Aspen High School; Aspen School District

Visual Arts Teacher

  • Visual Arts Teacher:  Taught semester long courses including Art 1, Art 2, Intro to 3D Design/Ceramics, CTE Graphic Design. Created a 1 week curriculum for Experiential Education week including 5 full days of 3D/Sculpture/installation units. Introduced a 3 Dimensional Design course into the curriculum outlining 3D concepts and principles. Participated in professional learning opportunities including both local and national Art Education Association conferences. Led a 1 week Experiential Education course with 30 students rafting through Cataract Canyon in Utah; included camping, outdoor cooking, basic mountaineering, hiking and rafting. 
  • Social Emotional Learning Steering Committee Member: Collaborated with a team to integrate Emory University's Social Emotional and Ethical learning curriculum into our school through a year long advisory with teacher's experiential education groups. Facilitated staff training and acquisition of strategies for mindful teaching of curriculum. Implemented curriculum with high school students in small group setting focusing on resiliency, compassion and self-care. 
  • Leadership Committee MemberActively facilitated professional development based on the needs and expectations of the  Instructional Leadership Team. Introduced a mentorship and peer observation strategic team to help new and veteran teachers grow and improve their personal practice. 
  • Co-Department Chair: Co-lead a multi-content team of 10 educators in the Fine and Performing Arts, CTE, Technology and Aeronautics. Acted as a liaison between administration and the department as well as facilitated professional development opportunities for elective department members through advocacy and research.
Jan 2018Aug 2019
Colorado Art Education Association

Northwest Regional Representitive

Advocating for rural Northwestern Colorado art teachers and our students.

Aug 2013June 2017
Denver South High School ; Denver Public Schools

Senior Team Lead/Instructional Coach/Digital Media Teacher

  • Digital Media Teacher: Created and implemented innovative Career and Technical Education curriculum to establish the new Digital Media program at South High School. Subjects taught include CTE Graphic Design, CTE 3D Animation and Advanced CTE Portfolio.
  • Senior Team Lead/Instructional Coach: Led a team of educators in Visual Arts, CTE Business, CTE Technology and Music through coaching cycles based on the DPS LEAP Framework. Used Cognitive Coaching strategies and coaching cycles in order to cultivate a culture of reflective practice amongst teachers.
  • Assessment Team Member: Worked collaboratively with Site Assessment Lead to create protocols and training for teachers for ACCESS, PARCC, PSAT, SAT, etc. 
  • Department Chair + Instructional  Coach: Led a department of 9 Business, Art and Music teachers and acted as a liaison between administration and teachers. Trained as a Cognitive Coach to observe and coach teachers towards best practices through collaboration. 
  • Professional Development Facilitator: Developed a 3 session professional development series on Social Emotional Mindfulness in Teaching. 
  • Elected Member of Personnel/Hiring Committee: Completed ethics based training in hiring practices. Developed district and state relevant questions to screen applicants for desired teacher pool. Conducted interviews with a panel of teachers and administrators. Contributed to hiring choices in multiple content areas.
  • Yearbook Advisor: Acted as liaison between publisher, photographers and students to assure accuracy while meeting multiple deadlines. Advised students on creative marketing strategies to strengthen community appeal, maximize income and control costs. Developed "Yearbook Saint" program in order to provide books to exemplary students on free and reduced lunch.
  • Avid Site Team Member
  • Project Cam-Opener Cohort 2015-16
  • 3D Animation Residency; Kansas City Arts Institute
  • Metro State University of Denver Mentor
Aug 2005Jun 2013
Rangeview High School; Aurora Public Schools

Ceramics Teacher

  • Teacher: Taught semester and yearlong courses including 2D Design, Drawing 1&2, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Jewelry, Ceramics 1,2,3 & 4, 3D Advanced Placement Design. Developed curriculum for 3D AP based on College Board requirements. Attained an average pass rate of 3.75 on AP portfolio submissions. Worked with a diverse population of learners in grades 9-12 in a socioeconomically distressed neighborhood with a FRL rate of 43% and minority enrollment of 67%
  • Professional Development Facilitator 
  • Aurora Public Schools Visual Arts Committee
  • APS K-12 Festival of the Arts Co-Chair
  • EMAC Catalyst Show Co-Chair
  • Metro State University of Denver Mentor
  •  Sponsorships: National Art Honors Society, Student Senate Class Sponsor


October 2017: Distinguished Teacher Honoree; Denver Public Schools

October 2016: Distinguished Teacher Honoree; Denver Public Schools

October 2015: Distinguished Teacher Honoree; Denver Public Schools

April 2014: Denver Public Schools Youth Art Month Proclamation Recipient; Denver Public Schools Board of Education

Spring 2012: APS Superintendent's Quarterly Award: Outstanding High School Educator


Available Upon Request


Minnesota Department of Education

K-12 Art Education

Tier 2 Teaching License

Colorado Department of Education

Career and Technical Education Certification

Professional Certification as CTE Teacher in Digital Media

Colorado Department of Education

K-12 Special Education Generalist

Continuing Education Coursework and State Test

Denver Public Schools

ELA-T Designation

English Language Acquisition  continuing education program consisting of 39.5 hours of coursework in best practices for ELA students through sheltering and academic language.

Professional Affiliations

Colorado Art Education Association

National Art Education Association

National Education Association

Colorado Association of Career and Technical Education

NEXT Gallery Associate Member, Navajo Arts District, Denver

Sound Bites

“Mandy is not someone who is complacent; she seeks out challenge and wants to grow as a professional, and as a human. Colleagues will be drawn to her warmth, her professionalism, and her artistic expertise.”

- Sarah Strassburger, Assistant Principal: Aspen High School

"Mandy devoutly believes in distributive leadership and has a natural ability to foster trust and a spirit of cooperation with her peers. Her efforts are always accomplished cooperatively because she is known for her ability to create unity."

- Tharyn Mulberry, Assistant Superintendent: Aspen School District