I am a teaching assistant at an American university in Florence. Along with giving regular art history lectures, both
on site and in the classroom, I help my professors handle course budgets, make museum and field trip reservations, scan and upload course materials, and assist with other organizational tasks. Most recently, with Italy's lockdown in the Covid-19 crisis and when my university switched to an online format, I have also become familiar with online teaching: recording lectures and utilizing Blackboard's many features.
While in Siena, I interned in the communications department of my former study abroad school, assisting them with running their blog, website, and social media, as well as coordinating language partner exchanges and being a "point person" for student concerns and questions about living and studying in Italy. I also volunteered at a local elementary school, helping out in the English classroom for third and fifth years. I have also most recently contributed as a freelance writer for Art She Says, a site dedicated to featuring women in the arts. You can find my articles here and here. Previously, over a summer in college, I also interned at the literary magazine New Letters in Kansas City, proofreading content and giving opinions on submissions.
I am looking to find a more permanent position here in Italy following the completion of my master's and teaching assistantship. Passionate about teaching,
I am projected to take a TEFL certification course soon, provided there are no further inhibitive coronavirus restrictions.
While I love educating about art history on site, I am also excited about this new foray into learning how to teach English as a second language. I'm hoping my experience will also improve my own writing and make me more conscious about how I use language. Museum work, particularly museum education, is another interest. I want to help children learn about art at a young age and excite them with all its possibilities.