“Teaching is a performative act. And it is that aspect of our work that offers the space for change, invention, spontaneous shifts, that can serve as a catalyst drawing out the unique elements in each classroom. To embrace the performative aspect of teaching we are compelled to engage “audiences”, to consider issues of reciprocity. Yet it is meant to serve as a catalyst that calls everyone to become more and more engaged, to become active participants in learning” From Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks.
My teaching, research, and artwork include video, arts-based research, stop motion animation, ‘zines, performance, sound, and new media. As an educator, I am deeply interested in fostering the creative space that occurs during the process of making an artwork. Throughout the process of teaching a class, I want to make the classroom a center of dialogue, discourse, discussion. I also want it to be a place where students can feel free to experiment in both form and content. I am very interested in the intersection of art and ecology, as well as crossing interdisciplinary boundaries.
Sam teaches in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Integrated Teaching through the Arts program at Lesley.
MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, studio arts
BFA, Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art (graduated with distinction)
Additional Certifications: TEFL Certification, International Teacher Training Organization, Guadalajara, Mexico
Teaching English through Technology, International Teacher Training Organization