Designed for Empowerment: A Teacher’s Transformation


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Digital Arts

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An art educator finds herself in the throes of a professional crisis, a viral pandemic, and an identity revelation while working through the last stages of earning graduate degrees in Digital Arts and Art and Technology. Her thought processes as a teacher and a designer overlap as she seeks to find creative solutions to address these challenges. She uses a design-thinking approach to develop a virtual community of educators in order to find connection, support, agency, and ultimately a new meaning in the fields of education and design. Using personal narrative paired with excerpts from relevant sources, this is a work of reflection on a journey of rebuilding oneself while building something new.